Diageo Whisky Distillery has the capacity to produce up to 10 million gallons of bourbon per year — and eliminate more than 117,000 metric tons of carbon emissions.
Its distillery in Lebanon, Kentucky, is expected to be carbon neutral — a first for the London-based company. The $130 million distillery of Bulleit bourbon is scheduled to be fully operational by 2021.
As a company we know that our long-term sustainable growth depends on reducing our reliance on fossil fuels that contribute to climate change,” said Perry Jones, President, North America Supply for Diageo. “This groundbreaking undertaking to electrify our operations and then power them with renewable electricity will result in one of the largest carbon neutral distilleries in North America. This is a significant step to strengthen our commitment to minimizing our carbon emissions and will result in an important reduction of Diageo’s environmental impact on a global level.Diageo Press Release
Sustainability can also apply to the customer-facing side. For example, in Bulleit’s Shelbyville distillery, single-use plastics have been eliminated from the tasting bar and cocktail garnishes are grown in the organic garden on-site distillery. This green approach saw the distillery recognized as one of the most sustainable sites in Whisky Magazine’s 2020 American Whisky Icons Awards.
“For Bulleit, our passion for sustainability began when we built the Bulleit Distilling Co. in Shelbyville, where we focus on reducing carbon emissions, water conservation and waste management during production. Then, when we opened our Visitor Experience there, we chose to implement practices like eliminating single use plastics from our bar and sourcing locally-grown organic cocktail garnishes from our onsite garden,” said Sophie Kelly, SVP Whiskies, Diageo NA. “Our commitment to the environment evolves with the Lebanon distillery, where no fossil fuels will be consumed for the production of Bulleit. This allows us to really begin to double down on our ambition to reinvent category standards.”