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Diageo to open its first carbon-neutral distillery

Diageo to open its first carbon-neutral distillery

Their new Kentucky whiskey distillery producing Bulleit is expected to be one of the largest carbon neutral distilleries in North America. 

The new distillery, which is currently under construction in Lebanon, Kentucky, reflects Diageo’s commitment to achieving net-zero carbon emissions and moves them closer to their goal of sourcing 100% of its electricity from renewable sources by 2030. 

Employing electrode boilers, the site will utilize a mix of renewable electricity sources to power a 72,000 square-foot distillery, dry house, and warehousing facilities. The Diageo Lebanon Distillery will have the capability to distill a variety of bourbon and American whiskey brands. 

Bulleit will be the first and lead brand produced at the new distillery – supplementing existing production at The Bulleit Distilling Co. in Shelbyville, Kentucky. 

This move will further strengthen the brand’s commitment to a more sustainable future. As a company they know that their long-term sustainable growth depends on reducing the reliance on fossil fuels that contribute to climate change. This groundbreaking undertaking to electrify their operations and then power them with renewable electricity will result in one of the largest carbon neutral distilleries in North America. 

This is a significant step to strengthen their commitment to minimizing their carbon emissions and will result in an important reduction of Diageo’s environmental impact on a global level. 

To achieve carbon neutrality at the site, they plan to incorporate a variety of features that will avoid annual carbon emissions by more than 117,000 metric tons. This is the equivalent of taking more than 25,000 cars off the road for an entire year. 

These features include, but are not limited to: 

• Electrification of operations 

• Energy efficiency embedded into the facility design 

• Sourcing renewable energy 

• Water savings design 

• Zero waste to landfill 

Committed to decarbonization with approved science-based targets, Diageo is part of a pioneering group of organizations that are championing a green recovery and supporting the Sustainable Development Goals, through membership of the United Nations Global Compact, We Mean Business Coalition and other key global advocacy organizations. 

As a signatory to RE100, Diageo aims to source 100% of our electricity from renewable sources by 2030. In addition, Diageo has signed onto the global Race to Zero campaign, a commitment to achieving net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. 

They recently joined over 150 multinationals to reaffirm Diageo’s commitment to Science Based Targets and urge governments around the world to align their COVID-19 recovery efforts with the latest climate science. 

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