UK green bank backs Scottish whisky plant

The UK Green Investment Bank (GIB) is funding the installation of a wood-fuelled power system at a whisky distillery in Scotland. The 4MW biomass boiler at the Royal Brackla Distillery […]

By Priyanka Shrestha

The UK Green Investment Bank (GIB) is funding the installation of a wood-fuelled power system at a whisky distillery in Scotland.

The 4MW biomass boiler at the Royal Brackla Distillery in Nairn – a 200-year old facility operated by John Dewar & Sons – is expected to be 50% more efficient than the distillery’s current oil-fired boilers and help cut energy costs.

It will also reduce greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to taking more than 2,260 cars off the road.

Lord Smith of Kelvin, GIB’s Chairman said: “Scotch whisky is a critically important part of the Scottish economy… These projects have been structured so that the distilleries can start saving money from day one and don’t need to find the capital up-front.”

The GIB is backing the project through a £5 million commitment it made earlier this year to support energy-saving measures at Scottish distilleries.