« Back to all news & events

Glengoyne receives special Commendation for its Green Credentials

Posted on 22 Nov 2016 by Glengoyne Distillery

Glengoyne Distillery is proud to have received a Commendation in both The Amorim Sustainability award category and The Green Company of the Year category at the Drinks Business Green Awards 2016. 

The awards, which are widely considered as the world’s largest programme to raise awareness of green issues within the drinks trade, recognises Glengoyne’s commitment to environmental initiatives and efforts to employ the most efficient sustainable practises. 

The first distillery in Scotland to trial a wetlands facility, Glengoyne opened its wetlands in July 2011 and at the same time became the official whisky sponsor of the Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust (WWT).  

The distillery has been using 100% renewable electricity since 2013. In 2014 Glengoyne purchased two bee hives from Plan Bee which are positioned at the bottom of the wetlands, next to a fresh water pond.  The colony is now well established and contributing to the recovery of the local honeybee population.

Iain Weir, Marketing Director for Ian Macleod Distillers who own Glengoyne, said: “We couldn’t be more proud to have received these fantastic accolades. 100% of our power comes from renewable electricity. We have our own wetlands and our beehives on site. Why? Because Glengoyne is Scotland’s most beautiful distillery – and we want to keep it that way.”

“The wetlands contain around 14,500 plants of 20 different varieties. The wetlands process also increases biodiversity and attracts a number of different species to the site; including moorhens, songbirds and dragonflies - a beautiful sight to see!”

With entries from across the country, these two categories focus on drinks companies that have demonstrated an ongoing commitment prior to and across the last 12 months, creating a ‘green aware’ culture in the workplace. 

Taking place in The Club at The Ivy in London on the 14th November, the awards saw their highest number of entries.