Wastewater specialist raises a glass to green technology initiative at Tain distillery

WATER and wastewater company Alpheus Environmental has been awarded a contract to implement a green technology initiative for Glenmorangie Distillery in Tain.

A new biological cleaning system is aimed at reducing the use of chemicals to clean biogas, a byproduct of the distillation process and which consists mainly of carbon dioxide and methane.

Alpheus already operates and maintains the wastewater treatment plant for the distillery. The green biogas cleaning system will be integrated into the existing Anaerobic Digestion (AD) plant.

Earlier this year the Scottish Whisky Association (SWA) launched its new Sustainability Strategy, designed to reduce the environmental impact of the drink, which commits the sector to reaching net zero emissions in its operations by 2040.

Declan Maguire, MD of Alpheus Environmental, said, “We are delighted to be implementing this green biogas cleaning solution, supporting Glenmorangie in the production of some legendary whiskies and assisting them in operating their plant in the most sustainable and efficient manner. In addition to protecting the Dornoch Firth, the recovery of energy from the treatment process feeding back into the distillery makes it highly sustainable and beneficial for the environment.

“We greatly welcome the opportunity to work with Glenmorangie to deliver further efficiencies for this business over the coming years, delivering a clean green future.”

Peter Nelson, operations director for Glenmorangie, added, “Events such as COP26 continue to reinforce the need for a sustainable future, and the whisky industry can lead in this transformation, by setting an ambitious target to be net zero by 2040. Working with our environmental partner, Alpheus, is key to achieving our sustainability targets, mitigating the impacts of climate change and ensuring that we make an overall positive impact on the environment around us.”