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6 September 2023

Young Spirits goes carbon neutral

Young Spirits goes carbon neutral

Following reports that estimated the food and drink sector is responsible for approximately 25% of all of Scotland’s carbon emissions, Young Spirits founders John Ferguson and Alex Harrison partnered with Make It Wild to help the company achieve carbon neutral status.

Make It Wild is an organisation that offers carbon offsetting through tree planting.

The aim of the partnership was to invest in an initiative that not only reduces the Young Spirits’ site’s carbon footprint, but also actively removes carbon from the atmosphere through tree planting in the UK.

By embracing eco-friendly practices and offsetting its carbon footprint, Young Spirits says it is committed to ‘making a positive impact on our planet’.

Barbara Russell Scott, operations director at Young Spirits, said: “We are extremely proud that Young Spirits is helping the environment not only now but for decades to come through our carbon initiative. Net zero remains a key commitment for our business.”

This achievement is said to be an important milestone in the company’s journey to achieving its ambitious sustainability objectives.

Young Spirits boasts a 30,000 square-foot warehouse and storage facility in Edinburgh, Scotland.

The site has bottling and labelling facilities, and offers supply, storage and distribution services.

Young Spirits joins a long list of producers and spirits companies that have adapted their practices to achieve carbon neutral status.

This year, Absolut unveiled its plan to be carbon neutral by 2030.

Meanwhile, Koskenkorva Vodka owner Anora Group said it was re-evaluating its sustainability strategy last year, with a view to achieving carbon neutral production.

Furthermore, Ireland’s Midleton Distillery is aiming to achieve carbon neutral status by 2026.

Pernod Ricard’s Scotch whisky arm, Chivas Brothers, recently pledged more than £60 million (US$76m) to reach its net zero goal by the end of 2026.

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