Diageo to Install 9,000 Solar Panels at Scottish Plant; Will Generate 22% of Power
In a move that will help it reduce its carbon footprint, spirits giant Diageo has announced plans to install 9,000 solar panels at its little-known experimental distillery, situated within the Leven bottling facility in Scotland. The solar panels will cover an area the size of eight football pitches and generate 22% of the site’s power. This is great news for the environment and for Diageo, which will see a reduction in its energy costs through the move.
“It’s fantastic to make this project a reality, creating a more resilient and energy-efficient plant,” Gabin Brogan, operations director at Diageo Leven, said, according to Scottish Field. “Working in partnership with Eon and Emtec Energy, the solar array will generate nearly a quarter of our annual energy use and is a fantastic step forward towards meeting our net-zero commitments.”
Diageo previously announced plans to make all of its operations net-zero by 2030. The company — which makes Gordon’s gin, Guinness stout and Smirnoff vodka, among many other major brands — wants to reach the goal by reducing emissions, offsetting what can’t be reduced, and investing in projects that will generate sustainable energy.
Three of Diageo’s single-malt scotch whisky distilleries – Brora, Oban, and Royal Lochnagar – have already reached net-zero carbon emissions. To achieve this, the company has installed a wide range of energy efficiency measures, such as solar panels and LED lighting. It has also invested in renewable energy sources, such as a hydroelectric scheme at Oban.
Looking to the future, Diageo says it will continue to focus on reducing its own emissions while also supporting sustainable development projects that will help to offset any remaining emissions. With a commitment to making its entire business net-zero by 2030, Diageo is setting an ambitious but achievable goal that other businesses should aspire to match.
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