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Whisky industry leads renewable drive

The Scottish Whisky Association (SWA) has been praised by the Environment Secretary for pioneering the use of renewable energy in the drinks sector.

Owen Paterson, speaking at the SWA Members’ Day, commended the association’s success in growing its business, opening new markets and protecting brands.

But he added that it was also making an important contribution to the environment.

“I know the SWA published its third environmental strategy last year and the industry has been increasingly looking at greener, more environmentally-friendly production with fewer emissions and a move away from fossil fuel sources of energy.

“I am a particular supporter of anaerobic digestion technology for producing electricity. I know Diageo have started using this for malt distilling, which I think is a first. That puts Diageo on the cutting edge of renewable energy innovation.”

Paterson welcomed the SWA’s bid to achieve zero waste to landfill, with only 5% of waste being landfilled in 2012.

“These are major achievements which the industry can be very proud of, but I want to encourage you to continue challenging yourselves on this.”

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