The Scotch Whisky Association has unveiled a special bottle of blended Scotch Whisky to mark the 26th annual Conference of the Parties (COP26). Representing the Scotch Whisky industry’s commitment to sustainability, from grain to glass, the whiskey is blended and bottled in the host city of Glasgow.
The bottle comprises 97% recycled glass, with a recyclable stopper made from natural cork, recycled wood and recycled cork particles, and the label paper contains 55% post-consumer recycled fibres.
The industry launched its new Sustainability Strategy earlier this year, which commits the sector to reach net-zero emissions by 2040, amongst other forward-thinking environmental targets.
The strategy has grown from the foundations created across the Scotch Whisky industry over the last 10 years. Progress made over this period includes; a 22% improvement in water efficiency, a 34% reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, and a 75% reduction in waste to landfills.
Recognising the industry’s commitment to sustainability, the Scotch Whisky Association was recently named an official Race to Zero partner by the United Nations COP26 Climate Champions team, a worldwide campaign committing non-government sectors to diminish the impact of climate change.
Karen Betts, chief executive of the Scotch Whisky Association, said: ‘The Scotch Whisky industry is renowned for its collaboration, and it’s been great to see distillers come together to create this unique whisky for COP26.
Working Together to Tackle the Climate Crisis
‘The creation of our COP26 limited edition Scotch Whisky only goes to illustrate how well our sector is working together to tackle the climate crisis and to reduce our environmental impact. Companies are deeply committed to this endeavour – which is critical to the industry’s future – and to sharing expertise and innovation as they do so.
‘Based as we are across rural areas and in some of Scotland’s most beautiful landscapes, we know we have a real responsibility to the future of the communities within which we work, and to the landscapes from which we draw the wholly natural ingredients that Scotch Whisky is made from.
‘That is why we are investing so much in environmental sustainability, and why we are determined to reach the point where the Scotch Whisky industry and our supply chain have a net positive impact on the environment around us.’
A COP26 Spokesperson said: ‘World leaders coming to Glasgow for COP26 will receive a warm UK welcome which will include the chance to sample a limited edition whisky blend produced sustainably in Scotland, especially for COP.
‘The path towards a more sustainable future will only be achieved through collaboration across societies and sectors. The efforts of the Scotch whisky industry, which is world-renowned, to reach net zero is a great example of the change we need to see.’
Eurostampa Uk has printed the bottle labels in Glasgow. The paper contains 55% post-consumer recycled fibres, including leftover barley from the production process.
Beamglow in St Ives, Cambridgeshire, has made and printed the presentation carton for the COP26 whisky. The board is Crusade Ecco which is formed from 100% recycled fibres and has a very low carbon footprint.
Smurfit Kappa has made the whisky’s outer cases in Tannochside. The cases are fully recyclable, and the packaging is 100% recyclable, made from a renewable resource, playing a role in collecting used packaging, reusing over 90% of this material in a business model.
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