After distillation, the natural residue from our distillery effluent treatment plant is used as an agricultural fertiliser and is spread onto local fields. Our pot ale and draff co-products are also used for both animal feed and to generate electricity at a local combined heat and power plant.
Transitioning to an Electric Vehicle Fleet
By 2025, 100% of our passenger vehicle fleet on the Estate will be electric. Over the past 12 months we have installed 10 electric car chargers for complimentary use by our teams and our guests. We have replaced our Estate Range Rover with a bespoke Bentayga Hybrid as well as converting our 6 site tractors from diesel to Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil (HVO, or ‘Green Diesel’). By June 2022 we will also have replaced our 11 working site vans with electric vans.
Supporting Atlantic Salmon Conservation
Almost two miles of the majestic River Spey flows alongside our Estate on which The Macallan hosts an exclusive catch-and-release fishing beat operated by our Ghillie Robert Mitchell. The River Spey is renowned as one of the greatest salmon fishing rivers in the world, however, salmon numbers are in dramatic decline.
We have reached a turning point for this keystone species and it is estimated that collectively we have 20 years to save the wild salmon in Scotland. But little is yet known about what happens to these salmon when they migrate to the ocean. The situation has become critical and requires swift intervention to reverse population decline and promote the urgency of this issue worldwide.
Restoring Key Habitats for Juvenile and Spawning Salmon
In partnership with the Spey Catchment Initiative and the Spey Fishery Board, The Macallan has co-funded a project with the Cairngorms National Park Authority to re-naturalise the Delliefure Burn – a key tributary of The River Spey. The project restored the natural flow of the burn as well as creating a floodplain around it, of which the ecological benefits will be many.
Principally, the project focused on restoring a vital stretch of water for spawning and juvenile salmon. By slowing down the flow of this stretch of burn, we are reintroducing a natural ‘nursery’ space for spawning salmon. These works also provide the right conditions for juvenile salmon – the fry and parr – to mature safely, protecting them from predators, extremes of water temperature and being washed out of the river during flooding events.
The additional creation of wetland habitats around the burn will also improve the habitat of wading birds as well as preserving and increasing areas of carbon-rich peaty soil in the flood plains which are currently being washed downstream. In 2022 our focus will be on delivering on-Estate salmon protection & enhancement projects in partnership with the teams at the Spey Fishery Board and the Spey Catchment Initiative as part of our focused Estate Habitat Management Plan.