Green Building, Sustainability/Business Continuity

Glenfiddich Distillery Powers Trucks with ‘Whisky Waste’

Cheers to clean energy and sustainability! With many facilities across the globe turning to alternative fuels, such as green electricity and natural gases, to fuel their operations and fleets, major whisky brand Glenfiddich is using on-site renewable natural gas (RNG) from its distillery to power its delivery trucks.

Glenfiddich’s fleet trucks say, “Turning whisky waste into ultra-low-carbon fuel.”

Hexagon Agility, a provider of natural gas transportation solutions, has applauded Glenfiddich for its commitment to further greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reductions by producing its own RNG for use in its delivery trucks equipped with Hexagon Agility’s ProRail compressed natural gas (CNG) fuel systems with Type 4 composite technology.

Glenfiddich is spearheading this sustainability initiative to address the Scotch Whisky Association’s (SWA) climate change targets of net-zero GHG emissions by 2040. To obtain these reduction levels, Glenfiddich is using RNG derived from its production waste residues to power its fleet of delivery trucks. The unique technology was developed by its parent company, William Grant & Sons.

“It has taken more than a decade for Glenfiddich to become the first distillery to process 100% of its waste residues on its own site, then to be the first to process those residues into RNG fuel to power its trucks, and finally to be the first to install an RNG truck fueling station supplied by our on-site renewable energy facility,” says Kirsty Dagnan, William Grant & Sons’ Dufftown Site Leader.

“We are proud to have achieved these renewable energy breakthroughs in our industry and to be working with a pioneering partner such as Hexagon Agility as we scale up the de-carbonizing benefits of this closed-loop process across our entire transport fleet.”

RNG, made from organic waste, is a pipeline gas fully interchangeable with CNG and is among the cleanest commercial fuels available. The RNG produced by Grissan is expected to reduce GHG emissions by up to 95% when compared to diesel and other fossil fuels.