The Macallan Estate Achieves 97% Verified Renewable Energy
Since the end of 2021, The Macallan Estate has been operating on 97% verified renewable energy comprising electricity, biomass steam and gas, an achievement that has required significant focus and investment to build partnerships with our energy suppliers which ensure the use of verified local sustainable energy sources:
- The Macallan distillery stills are heated by steam from biomass generated from an energy-efficient Combined Heat and Power (CHP) process. The requirement for steam is our biggest use of energy on the Estate, all of which is provided by a small, local supplier - Speyside Renewable Energy Partnership (SREP) – located less than 1.5 miles away.
- The SREP plant is fuelled with sustainable low-grade wood including forest residue and offcut wood harvested from local FSC certified forestry operations. All SREP biomass energy is Ofgem accredited as being 100% renewable.
- The remaining energy requirement on our Estate is provided by gas, which is backed by Renewable Gas Guarantee of Origin (RGGO) certificates. Each RGGO contains information about where, when, and how that gas was produced. Our RGGOs are sourced from a nearby anaerobic digestion plant which creates biogas from distillery co-products such as draff and pot ale, some of which comes from The Macallan.
The above combines to account for 97% of our energy use on The Macallan Estate, typically with renewable electricity comprising 9%, RGGO-backed natural gas 33% and local, Ofgem accredited biomass 55%.
The majority of our remaining 3% non-renewable fuel comprises vehicles and stationary plant, both of which are in the process of being transitioned to a combination of electric vehicles where technologically feasible, such as our 11 site vans, and Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil (HVO or ‘green diesel’) fuelled vehicles, such as our 6 working site tractors. Our working vehicle transition will be complete within 2022. Our remaining 1% non-renewable fuel profile covers portable plant (lawn mowers, power washers, welding kits etc) that is not required for classification in our emissions disclosures.
Sourcing Water from the Majestic River Spey
Process water used in the production process at The Macallan Distillery is sourced from boreholes on the banks of the majestic River Spey. Cooling water used in our distillation process also comes directly from - and is returned to - the river, with a small amount lost in evaporation.
The River Spey is designated as a Special Area of Conservation (SAC) and a Site of Specific Scientific Interest (SSSI) and as such, water quality, water use efficiency and water stewardship are of fundamental importance to us. An onsite treatment plant processes distillery wastewater to allow it to be returned to the natural water environment and our water use is authorised with Licences issued by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) and assessed annual for compliance as part of the SEPA Compliance Assessment Scheme (CAS).