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Glengoyne Distillery Wins Top International Sustainability Award

28th November 2017

Glengoyne Distillery’s on-going commitment to the environment and all things green has been rewarded this year at the 2017 Drinks Business Green Awards, with the Amorim Sustainability Award for Spirits.


The Drinks Business Green Awards are the world’s largest programme to raise awareness of something very close to our heart - green issues within the drinks trade.


This prestigious award recognises Glengoyne Distillery’s on-going dedication to employing the most efficient and effective sustainable practices in production.  


Speaking at the awards presentation at The Ivy Club in London, Patrick Schmitt, editor-in-chief at The Drinks Business said that all areas of a business must be environmentally sensitive to win big in the Green Awards…not just carbon emissions, but also water use, waste treatment, as well as a company’s impact on its surroundings, and it was important that any business benefitted the local community socially and environmentally.

Glengoyne Distillery’s award winning sustainable credentials create less waste, use less energy and encourage more wildlife in the beautiful countryside around the distillery:

  • Our power comes from renewable electricity.

  • The Glengoyne Wetlands, 12 wetland cells containing over 14,500 types of plants, allow us to treat our waste naturally and not transport it offsite.  The reed beds are used to filter and clean the liquid from our distillation, before it to flows into the burn and then Loch Lomond.   

  • As well as keeping carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere, the wetlands attract all sorts of insects, birds and wildlife.  Plant species are continually colonising including marginal plants such as Skullcap and Water Figwort.

  • Our specially designed Pot Ale Tank for the wetlands separates the spent lees (boiler blowdown and washing waters), removing 33 cubic meters of waste daily and reducing our total waste output by 25%.  

  • The Glengoyne beehives, part of a collaboration with Plan Bee, have established a colony of honey bees and contributed to the recovery of the local honeybee population.  This year our bees produced 65kg of honey which is sold in the distillery shop.   

  • We are also delighted to be the official whisky sponsor of the Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust (WWT), funding research into saving the endangered Greenland White-Fronted Goose.


Robbie Hughes, Distillery Manager said:

“We are thrilled to receive this award in recognition of our commitment to all things green.   We are determined to do as much as we can to minimise our carbon footprint and sustain the nature around us.  Glengoyne Distillery is the most beautiful distillery in Scotland - and we want to keep it that way!”