Irish Distillers has announced that it will invest €50 million in Midleton Distillery over the next four years to make it a carbon neutral by the end of 2026, according to a statement published on IrishDistillers.ie.
The plan to eliminate scope 1 and scope 2 carbon emissions by the end of 2026 will involve a roadmap that will see Midleton Distillery entirely phase out the use of fossil fuels to power its operation, according to the statement published on IrishDistillers.ie, which also noted that the roadmap will involve rolling out projects initially aimed at reducing overall energy use, and that, in time, the distillery's remaining energy requirements will come from renewable sources.
Statement By The Tánaiste
The statement published on IrishDistillers.ie included a statement from Tánaiste Leo Varadkar that said, "Congratulations to the entire Irish Distillers team for blazing a trail, investing an incredible €50 million to become Ireland's first carbon neutral distillery by 2026. We need to take better care of our planet. Enterprise has a role to play, not just in reducing emissions that come directly from their operations, but by innovating and creating new products and ways of doing things that will help us make the changes that are needed. Companies, like Irish Distillers, who are committing to such bold and transformational change, will lead the way for many other similar businesses and I commend the team for their ambition and commitment."
Statement By CEO And Chairman
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The statement published on IrishDistillers.ie also included a statement from CEO and chairman Conor McQuaid, that said, "Today is a hugely significant day for Irish Distillers as we announce our ambition for Midleton Distillery to become the first and largest carbon neutral distillery in Ireland by 2026. This announcement is reflective of our commitment and ambition to reduce our environmental impact. We understand that our long-term future depends on reducing our reliance on fossil fuels. This plan was many years in the making, and we understand that there are many more years ahead to reach our goal. However, we are confident that by making this bold and brave move into the future, we will leave fossil fuels behind for good. Through the delivery of this plan, we hope to play our part in supporting Ireland's decarbonising strategy while also aligning with Pernod Ricard's commitment to follow a net zero trajectory by 2050."
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