Johnnie Walker Goes Green on More Than the Label: Diageo Plans Bioenergy Plant at Scottish Distillery
photo by Jeff Engel
Unless you're in the liquor business you may not have heard of Diageo, but you're probably familiar with some of their brands: Johnnie Walker, Smirnoff and Tanqueray. Now, outside of happy hour, there's another reason to pay attention to Diageo: The London-based firm has announced that it will be installing a bioenergy facility at its Cameronbridge distillery in Fife, Scotland. Diageo is claiming that it will be the largest single investment in renewable energy by a non-utility company in the UK.
Biomass, Biogas to Provide Bulk of Distillery's Energy
Provided it gets planning approval, the £65-million ($122 million) facility will provide 98% of the heat and 80% of the electricity used by the distillery.
It will do this by processing 90,000 tons of co-products such as "spent wash" into biogas and dried biomass solids through an anaerobic digester. This is expected to reduce the distillery's annual CO2 emission by approximately 56,000 tonnes. In addition, about one-third of the distillery's water will be recovered by this new facility.
Construction of the facility will be by Dalkia and is expected to take two years to complete. Afterwhich, the facility will be transferred to Daigeo under a financial lease, while Dalkia will continue to manage operations.
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