Protecting nature, preserving resources and preventing climate change is all part and parcel of the distillery industry’s transition towards a more sustainable footing.
Our industry has far-reaching ambitions to do better for our planet. Not least because crafting precious spirit depends on natural resources, but also because preserving our Scottish heritage safeguards the unique character of our whisky.
We aim to:
As we focus on the future, investing in innovation, managing co-product streams and maintaining water quality will help us to reach these targets.
Using our leading-edge technologies and suite of ‘green’ chemicals, we implement on-site solutions which assess, monitor, manage and treat pot ale, spent lees and tank washings.
Our technologies reduce co-product volumes and allow for re-purposing of dry-matter outputs or safe discharge of clean water to local watercourses.
At our own on-site laboratory, we’re able to determine the most efficient process to treat co-product streams. Our internationally recognised scientists analyse distillery co-products to design and deliver the best technical solution.
Our approach makes good business sense. It also makes sound environmental sense. By reducing emissions from tankers on our roads, and protecting the ecosystems from potentially harmful outputs, we are sustaining the distillery industry, and fostering the evolution of a circular economy.
Pot Ale is a valuable co-product of the distillery process, containing a highly nutritious blend of proteins and nutrients. Unsurprisingly, one of its key components is water.
Our EPONA solution is designed to dewater the effluent to produce a Pot Ale putty containing high protein solids, which can have an end-use as animal feed.
Distillery effluent, including washing waters and spent lees, often has a high organic – and frequently biodegradable load. However, it also contains a large share of suspended solids including copper from the stills.
A treatment process is needed to ensure this doesn’t adversely affect the environment, and to satisfy legislation.
Our I-DAF technology is designed to remove these contaminants at source. We also use green alternatives to traditional synthetic chemicals as part of the process.
Monitoring water quality is an integral part of efficient distillery operations. Effluent streams pose a threat to our environment if they are discharged without adequate treatment and the relevant discharge consents.
Our innovative Proteus Meter is a water quality monitoring device which places this information at your fingertips.
With 13 sensors, the technology provides live data for over 30 parameters, including Biochemical Oxygen Demand (BOD), Chemical Oxygen Demand (COD) and pH, while minimising the need for manual handling.
Distillery wastewater often contains heavy metals such as arsenic, copper, lead, mercury, nickel, zinc and cadmium. These heavy metals can be potentially hazardous to our environment and wildlife.
DRAM is a revolutionary filtration solution which has been proven to remove an array of contaminants including heavy metals, organic, inorganic and biological compounds from wastewater.
We make considered, judicious use of ‘green’ chemicals across our operations. Within the distillery industry, we apply ‘green’ coagulant (Cofloc PG+) and flocculant (FLOPAM and Trufloc) chemicals within our I-DAF treatment train.
This ground-breaking step in our process greatly reduces toxicity, minimises waste, saves energy, and mitigates the depletion of natural resources. Contributing to a low carbon footprint, whilst offering an optimal alternative to synthetic chemicals.