of carbon savings per year
Net Zero goal
Sustainable whisky production
will support Islay’s forests and economy
Advancing Bunnahabhain’s Net Zero targets
A biomass energy centre is set to accelerate 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.
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.
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 meet the Scotch Whisky Association’s Net Zero emissions target of 2040 around 18 years early.
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.
System: 5500kW biomass energy system
Carbon savings: 3,500 tonnes of carbon per year – a CO2 saving equivalent to the emissions of 1,800 diesel cars, which is more than the total number of vehicles based on Islay.
Capex: £6.5 million