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Diageo distillery to go green

Published:  28 January, 2009

Diageo has begun work on a £65 million bio-energy facility at its Cameronbridge distillery in Scotland.

The facility will reduce annual carbon dioxide emissions at the site by around 56,000 tonnes, the equivalent of taking 44,000 family cars off the road.

The plant will be completed in summer 2010 and add a further 20 jobs to the distillery's current workforce of 100.

It will provide 98% of the thermal steam and 80% of the electrical power for the distillery, by converting spent wash produced during distillation into energy.

Bryan Donaghey, managing director of Diageo Scotland, said the investment was "the right way forward in terms of our environmental ambitions".

He added: "Three years of work has gone into the research and preparation behind this facility and, with construction now under way, it is incredibly rewarding for the project team to see their careful planning start to become a reality."