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UK Government pledges £10 million to help distilleries go green



The UK Government has announced £10m funding to help 17 distilleries reduce their carbon emissions.

A total of 11 distilleries across Scotland and a further six in England are being backed to harness energy sources such as low-carbon hydrogen, biomass and repurposed waste to power their operations.

The successful distilleries will receive between £44,000 and £75,000 in the first phase of funding, helping them boost decarbonisation research and development.

The Scotch whisky industry supports 40,000 jobs across the UK, with more than 10,000 people directly employed in Scotland.

With 7,000 of these jobs in rural Scottish areas, this funding is aimed at driving support for net-zero innovation in some geographically remote parts of the UK.

UK Government Scotland Minister Iain Stewart said: “From Aberdeen and Glasgow to Orkney and South Uist, this funding will help create jobs, support local businesses and communities and build back greener ahead of COP26 in Glasgow later this year.”

Dagmar Droogsma, director of industry at the Scotch Whisky Association, said: “The Green Distilleries Fund is an important step on the industry’s journey towards net-zero.

“It will help the industry test new technologies, like hydrogen, which can be rolled out at scale in future years and enable Scotch whisky to further drive down emissions and protect the natural environment.”

The successful phase one distilleries are:

  • Protium Green Solutions, based in London with a distillery partner in Islay, which gets £73,818 to fund a low emission hydrogen boiler
  • Locogen, based in Edinburgh, which gets £43,325 to switch a distillery from fuel oil to hydrogen burners
  • Protium Energy, based in Aberdeen, which gets £57,464 for a high temperature heat store
  • Cornish Geothermal Distillery Company, based in Truro, which gets £75,000 for creating a geothermal distillery
  • European Marine Energy Centre, based in Orkney, which gets £58,781 for assessing technology pathways to facilitate green hydrogen
  • Supercritical Solutions, based in Horsham with a distillery partner in Glasgow, which gets £53,000 for electrolysers to enable fuel switching to zero emission sources
  • The Uist Distilling Company, based on the Isle of South Uist, which gets a combined £85,111 for a hydrogen burner and indirect heating of a thermal oil rather than steam, as well as a high temperature heat store that would allow a distillery to be run purely on electricity
  • Colorado Construction and Engineering, based in Edinburgh, which gets a combined £148,404 for hydrogen and dual hydrogen/biofuel burners for distilleries, and conversion of waste distillery draff and pot ale into a gasification-gas
  • Vytok, based in London, which gets £57,688 to fund heat pumps with water as the working fluid
  • John Fergus & Co, based in Glenrothes, which gets £71,812 for the use of hydrogen on site to decarbonise process heat
  • The Edrington Group, based in Glasgow, which gets £56,930 for an innovative stillhouse Condenser Hot Water Recovery System
  • St Andrews Brewers, based in Glasgow, which gets £51,547 for a combination of heat pumps, green hydrogen and biomass
  • Bennamann, based in Cornwall, which gets £46,620 for the use of fugitive methane as fuel
  • Sunamp, based in Edinburgh, which gets £61,412 for a large-scale phase change material thermal store
  • Environmental Resources Management, based in London, which gets £68,951 for liquid organic hydrogen carriers
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