Green Award for Dalmunach
Chivas Brothers is delighted to have won The Sustainability Award at The Drinks Business Green Awards last week.
The awards are the world’s largest programme to raise awareness of green issues in the drinks trade.
The Sustainability Award recognises the efforts made by one company to employ the most efficient and effective sustainable practices in their business, whether in the production facilities or in their agricultural practices.
The Judges took into account all aspects of production where waste management, recycling and sustainable practices have been improved in the last three years and more particularly in the last 12 months.
Chivas Brothers impressed the judging panel with its comprehensive analysis of its own sustainable practices, which the judges were able to see have been gaining momentum in recent years and in the last 12 months in particular.
The company was commended for increasing its material recovery levels at the organisation’s two bottling locations, rising from 86% in 2011-12 to 97% in 2013-14, and for achieving a 90% business recycling level.
The judges further commended Chivas Brothers for commissioning the replacement of heating, vacuum and air-conditioning controls in the drain and fill area to improve operational efficiency at their Kilmalid facility, and for replacing their fleet of Toyota hybrid vehicles with 10 Vauxhall Ampera electric cars in 2013.
The new Dalmunach Distillery also particularly impressed the judges for its design efficiency of 19MJ per litre, compared with the industry benchmark (Scotch Whisky Association) of 28MJ per litre for a distillery with a similar number of stills!
Huge congratulations to Ronald Daalmans, Environmental & Sustainability Manager and his team at Chivas Brothers for all their expertise and hard work!