Matching Scotch Whiskey Distilleries to a Local Renewable Energy Source – edie


More and more companies are placing sustainable development at the heart of their decisions. Since energy powers all businesses, many are looking to power their operations with renewable energy and want to know exactly where that energy is coming from.

With years of experience, regularly working with renewable generators of all shapes and sizes, EDF is perfectly placed to connect companies with the best source of renewable energy to meet their needs. And that’s exactly what EDF has been able to achieve with the ultra-premium spirits company, Edrington and Community Windpower Group, based in Scotland.

Here’s how we did it

Edrington, whose spirits brands include Single Malt Scotch Whiskies, The Macallan, Highland Park and The Glenrothes, and The Famous Grouse Blended Scotch Whisky, aims to be carbon neutral by 2030. A critical factor in achieving this objective was to supply their distilleries with electricity. from an entirely renewable and local source. It was important to Edrington that their power come from a single, identified wind asset that would meet all of their consumption demand each year for the duration of the contract. Energy Edge Consulting, Edrington’s energy advisor, has worked with EDF to structure an agreement that will help distilleries meet their sustainability needs.

Edrington was looking for a partner to invest in wind power generation in Scotland and EDF was able to associate the company with an independent Scottish wind farm, operated by Community Windpower Group. Working closely with all parties, EDF ensured that the necessary Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) and Renewable Supply Agreement were in place to support the delivery of over 50 GWh of wind power to distilleries each year. A four-year deal will see wind power supplied to whiskey distilleries and other production sites in Scotland, from six turbines at the Wardlaw Wood wind farm outside Dalry in North Ayrshire. The energy generated by the wind farm will cover 100% of the electricity consumed by the distilleries until 2025. This partnership gives Edrington the certainty of knowing the exact source of their energy for the distilleries and allows them to declare zero emissions of carbon from their energy purchases.

Edrington’s head of carbon reduction, Graham MacWilliam, said:

“Edrington is committed to becoming a carbon neutral company by 2030 for our distilleries, offices and travel, and to reducing greenhouse gas emissions by at least 70% below 2016 levels. “We are really delighted to sign this agreement with EDF and to see it as an important step in our journey towards sustainable development. »

Community Windpower General Manager Rod Wood said:

“We are delighted to supply locally generated green electricity to such an iconic Scottish brand in pursuit of its sustainability ambitions. “EDF’s strong relationships with Scottish companies such as Edrington ensure that our energy not only meets local needs, but helps a leading Scottish company achieve its own sustainability goals.”

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