Speyside distillery shows green spirit

ONE of Speyside’s oldest whisky distilleries is set to become one of the greenest, thanks to a £3 million biogas project to reduce the site’s carbon footprint.

Balmenach Distillery will benefit from a new anaerobic digestion system.

Inver House Distillers has commissioned a new anaerobic digestion system for Balmenach Distillery, which breaks down the co-products of whisky production using micro-organisms to produce clean, methane-rich biogas to power the site.

The new system, which is due to be operational this summer, will also return clean water to the nearby burn, and nutrient rich bio-solids for barley farming.

Inver House Distillers’ MD Martin Leonard said: “It’s an exciting step in our journey and one that we know is recognised and appreciated, not just by the communities surrounding our distilleries, but by the drinkers around the world who enjoy our premium spirits.”