5,500 tonnes
of carbon savings per year

Supporting Bunnahabhain’s
Net Zero goal

Sustainable whisky production
will support Islay’s forests and economy

Advancing Bunnahabhain’s Net Zero targets

A biomass energy centre is accelerating Bunnahabhain’s journey to become Islay’s first distillery to have a Net Zero emission distillation process. AMP Clean Energy has partnered with Bunnahabhain’s owners, Distell International, to fund, own and operate the on-site energy centre.

The Vision:

Distell International wanted to develop a sustainable biomass energy solution which would advance Bunnahabhain’s Net Zero targets. It was important that the low carbon technology and its fuel source also supported the Isle of Islay’s local economy and forests.

The Solution:

AMP Clean Energy has funded and will own and operate the on-site renewable energy facility at Bunnhabhain. The facility will be powered entirely by forest biomass sourced only 15 miles away and spent malt, known as draff, which is a by-product of distillation.

The on-site energy solution will enable Bunnahabhain to achieve net zero distillation 15 years ahead of target Scotch Whisky Association’s 2040 target

This is an exciting new chapter for Bunnahabhain distillery and sustainable whisky production on Islay. The biomass energy centre makes Bunnahabhain Islay’s first distillery with a Net Zero distillation process, and we’re extremely proud, not only of the scale of the project but the entirely locally sourced fuelling system, which supports the island’s forests and economy.

Julian Patton, International Supply Chain Director at Distell International, owner of Bunnahabhain Distillery.

Key Facts:

System: 5500kW biomass energy system

Carbon savings: Saves 5.5k tonnes of carbon emissions per year. That’s a 95% saving over oil and equivalent to removing all road vehicles from Islay and Jura

Capex: £6.5 million

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