Put Midleton Distillery on track to become Ireland’s first and largest distillery that contributes to carbon neutrality by expanding the reuse of waste energy and entirely phasing out the use of fossil fuels
Irish Distillers, a subsidiary of the global wine and spirits company Pernod Ricard, disclosed a roadmap for the Ireland-based Midleton Distillery to contribute to carbon neutrality with approximately 67 billion won (50 million euros) in investments over the next four years.
The roadmap aims at transforming the Midleton Distillery into an operation that contributes to carbon neutrality by 2026. The commitment represents the largest-ever investment by Irish Distillers, putting Midleton Distillery on track to become Ireland’s first and largest distillery that contributes to carbon neutrality.
The roadmap for Midleton Distillery, which produces Irish whiskies such as Jameson, which is well known in Korea, and Redbreast, aims to reduce the distillery’s overall energy use by improving on-site energy generation efficiency and recycling waste heat in the distillation process. The distillery’s remaining energy requirements will be fulfilled by generating power from renewable sources to entirely phase out the use of fossil fuels to power its operations.
Irish Distillers is going a step further in working with global experts and partners on innovative Mechanical Vapor Recompression (MVR) technology which will see a closed-looped system capture, compress and recycle waste heat in the distillation process. This is the first time this technology has been used across multiple batch processes in distilling. With the improvement of energy efficiency and the introduction of MVR technology, Midleton Distillery is expected to reduce carbon emissions by up to 70 percent.
Meanwhile, Irish Distillers has recently completed a mapping exercise for its entire carbon footprint - not just for its production - but also for its raw materials, transportation, and supply chain. Plans are forthcoming to work on intensive projects to reduce emissions across all areas of its business - including raw materials sourcing, production, and supply.
Frantz Hotton, CEO of Pernod Ricard Korea, noted, “Pernod Ricard Group is endeavoring to reduce carbon emissions across entire supply chains. These include raw material sourcing, production, and delivery. Pernod Ricard Korea prohibits the use of single-use plastic marketing and promotional items in Korea and ensures that all items are made from recyclable materials with a global target towards 100% of marketing and promotional items being reusable, recyclable or compostable by 2025. We will continue to carry out a variety of sustainable activities and actively communicate the details of such initiatives to our consumers.”
Meanwhile, Pernod Ricard Korea, the Korean unit of Pernod Ricard Group, distributes Jameson Original and Jameson Black Barrel in the Korean market, and recently launches ‘Redbreast 12 Years Old’, the representative prestige Irish whiskey that has continued the ‘Single-pot still’ method, Ireland’s unique production method.