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  • A Scottish distiller is developing a fleet of delivery vehicles that will operate on whisky waste products in an effort to reduce its carbon footprint
  • Glenfiddich will use low emission biogas from waste materials leftover from the malting process.
  • The fuel will be created through anaerobic digestion, a process that breaks down organic matter into biogas.

A Scottish distiller is developing a fleet of delivery vehicles that will operate on whisky waste products in an effort to reduce its carbon footprint. 

Glenfiddich will use low emission biogas from waste materials leftover from the malting process that are normally sold as grains for cattle feed, distillery director Stuart Watts told Reuters in July. The fuel will be created through anaerobic digestion, a process that breaks down organic matter into biogas. 

"The thought process behind this was 'what can we do that's better for us all?' ” Watts told the outlet. 

The company told Reuters that biogas cuts carbon dioxide emissions by more than 95 percent compared with other fossil fuels and slashes other harmful emissions by 99 percent — each truck could displace 250 tons of carbon each year. 


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Glenfiddich is using trucks from IVECO, a transportation sustainability company, that were usually fueled by natural gas. 

"It has taken more than a decade for Glenfiddich to become the first distillery to process 100% of its waste residues on its own site, then to be the first to process those residues into biogas fuels to power its trucks, and finally to be the first to install a biogas truck fuelling station supplied by our on-site renewable energy facility,” the distillery said in a press release

"We are proud to have achieved these renewable energy breakthroughs in our industry, and to be working with a pioneering partner such as IVECO as we scale up the de-carbonising benefits of this closed-loop process across our entire transport fleet," the statement continued. 

Glenfiddich told Reuters in July that the biogas already fuels three converted trucks, and the company aims to be carbon neutral by 2040. 


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Published on Aug 09, 2021