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UK opens £10 million fund for Scotch Whisky distilleries

Christian Fernsby |
Lovers of Scotch whisky and other Scottish distilled spirits will soon be able to enjoy their favourite tipple in the knowledge that they are helping to cut carbon emissions and support new green jobs, thanks to a new UK Government scheme.

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Kwasi Kwarteng, Minister for Energy and Clean Growth, announced the opening of the £10 million fund, which is being made available to kick-start green innovation across Scotland’s iconic distillery industry.

The move gives backing to distilleries across the UK to harness energy sources such as low-carbon hydrogen, biomass and repurposed waste to power their operations.

Currently, there are 133 malt and grain distilleries operating in Scotland making up nearly half of all distilleries in the UK.

The government funding will help them produce their world-famous wares while contributing to taking pollution equivalent to emissions from 100,000 cars out of the atmosphere.

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