The water of life is now officially eco-friendly. According to the BBC, one of Scotland’s best known distilleries, the Glenturret, has implemented a scheme that turns the fumes generated in whiskey production into biodiesel with the use of carbon eating algae. The Glenturret, which has produced whiskey since 1775, is now recognized as having Britain’s first pilot scale bioreactor.
The makers of The Famous Grouse, in the wee town of Perth Scotland, are potentially setting a ground-breaking path of environmental sustainability for the big boys of the whiskey business on both sides of the pond. The same principles can be applied to large scale whiskey production once the economics of it are sorted out. This breakthrough can potentially put distillers at the forefront of entrepreneurs fighting climate change.
Los Angeles loves its whiskey, yes sir. Hollywood is blotted with liquor stores. In some areas they can be found on every block. There are many favorites in the whiskey world, but speaking in general, the pure of choice around here is the old #7. From a small town of Lynchburg, Tennessee (population 361 at the time of establishment in 1866) Jack Daniel’s distillery has become an American institution. To see how far the company has grown from its humble beginnings, visit the web-site. When seeing that you must choose a language before entering, one realizes that Jack Daniel’s is a worldwide brand with millions of drinkers. The annual output is a mind-blowing 8-9 million liters. The average bottle of Jack is 750ml, meaning around 10 million whiskey bottles are coming out of Lynchburg every year.
If the Jack Daniel’s distillery were to enact the same carbon capture scheme as the Glenturret, it would result in a great step in towards fighting climate change. As mentioned in previous posts, the initiative of making strides in better environmental stewardship must be taken by individuals and firms because of federal government foot-dragging on environmental legislation and energy policy.
While the distillers in Scotland, Ireland and the US can operate their business in a green fashion, the final product does wind up in the hands of the consumer. Recycling 10 million bottles per year is also a great energy saver. This is the task for individuals and the city government. Glass recycling collection points need to be set up throughout the city. If people had somewhere to put the bottles, it would reduce the chances of them being thrown out into the trash or discarded onto the street.
Patience is a requisite of good whiskey. The more time passes, the better the spirit gets. The aforementioned Famous Grouse takes 30 years before they put it in the bottle. Despite this tradition of slow change, the whiskey distillers should be quick to embrace this exciting new technology. Instead of creating waste in the process that results in a loss, implementing the algae bioreactor would create energy that can be reinvested into powering the distillery. After the whiskey industry greens itself, perhaps the Coca-Cola Company will want follow suit. They would go well together.