Surging Whiskey Sales Inspire Eco-Distillery

Demand for whiskey hits an all-time high
By Amelia Atlas,  Newser User
Posted Dec 14, 2008 3:50 PM CST
An assortment of bottled whiskey is displayed at Glenkinchie distillery in Edinburgh, Scotland. The new distillery at Roseisle will be the first to take environmentally friendly measures.   (Getty Images)
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(Newser) – Worldwide demand for whiskey has prompted Scotland to start building a new eco-friendly distillery, the Guardian reports. The huge, industrial-scale plant will emit only 15% of the usual CO2 and recycle all of its water; its leftover liquids will be used to generate heat. "The important point is that this technology could one day be used at distilleries around Scotland," the plant's designer said.

The global whiskey market reached an all-time high in 2007, boosted by the floundering pound and sales in emerging nations. "Consumers round the world may be saying no to a new house and no to a new car, but they are continuing to say yes to bottles of whiskey," a spokesman said. Scottish distillers have struggled to keep up, ergo the new distillery—the nation's first in 30 years.