Four Pillars Builds Carbon Neutral Gin Distillery
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Australian Brand Completes $5.4 Million Expansion to Open Country’s 1st Carbon-Neutral Gin Distillery

Gin producer Four Pillars this month will complete a AU$7 million (US$5.4 million) expansion, making it Australia’s first carbon-neutral gin distillery.

The new Healesville 2.0 distillery is adjacent and connected to the brand’s current production site and will open to the public by the end of April.

Four Pillars started work on the project, which involved an expansion of more than 1,000 square meters (3,280 feet), in February 2021.

“This is a landmark day for Four Pillars and our commitment to sustainability,” said Four Pillars co-founder and distiller Cameron Mackenzie, according to Drinks Digest. “From the very first day we distilled gin we have tried to recycle, reuse and replenish our environment and give back to the community. We cannot give more to the community than assure it that our gins tread carefully on our planet especially in this time of climate crisis.”

Four Pillars was granted a carbon-neutral certification from Australian government initiative Climate Active. The distillery worked with Climate Active and consultant Ndver Environmental for more than a year to achieve the certification. All Four Pillars gins bottled on the new site will be certified carbon neutral.

“Our journey to carbon neutral began with the simple idea of reusing oranges for marmalade, giving spent botanicals to pigs for feed, putting solar panels on our roof and of course offsetting what can be an energy intensive production process by carefully purchasing mainly domestic carbon credits,” Mackenzie said.

Lion, a subsidiary of Japanese drinks giant Kirin, purchased a 50% stake in Four Pillars in March 2019.

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