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Issue 111 - Enviromental Awareness

Whisky Magazine Issue 111
April 2013


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Enviromental Awareness

Gavin D. Smith looks at steps the whisky industry is taking to be more efficient.

Making single malt Scotch whisky is theoretically a very simple process, and one relying on a small number of raw materials. Essentially, the only requirements are water, barley and yeast, with peat as an optional extra. Distillers have always sought to be as efficient as possible with their resources, if only because it usually makes sound commercial sense to do so, but since 2009 a Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) Environmental Strategy has been in place to encourage greater awareness, development and implementation of what may be termed ‘green’ policies. These embrace all aspects of Scotch whisky, from growing and malting barley, through water and energy use, sustainable wood policies for casks, to processing and disposal of waste and maximising

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