The Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) revealed it now sources more than 20% of its energy consumption from green sources – up from 3% in 2008.
That has led to a 22% fall in greenhouse gas emissions – with global exports of £4.37 billion, the sector said it accounts for 20% of all UK food and drink exports but is only responsible for 10.7% of the energy use.
Its latest Environmental Strategy Report added 44% of its product packaging is now made from recycled materials, also surpassing its 2020 target and water use has been reduced by 29% – the equivalent of more than 1,800 Olympic-sized swimming pools.
SWA CEO Karen Betts said the scotch whisky industry takes sustainability “extremely seriously”.
She added: “I am delighted that the industry has made significant progress in a number of areas and particularly that we have reached our target for the use of non-fossil fuel four years early. The fact that we have done so is a testament to the industry’s significant progress in helping to protect Scotland’s natural resources and environment.”