Belvedere opens ‘ambitious’ biomass capture facility
Belvedere was the first spirits distillery to receive a grant from the European Commission to pilot the unique biomass technology.
With the inauguration of the plant on 9 September, three years since it received the grant, Belvedere announced an accelerated schedule to reducing its CO2 emissions. The new facility will start producing 100% renewable energy and reduce energy-related CO2 emissions by 95% by 2022.
Rodney Williams, president and CEO of Belvedere Vodka, said: “There is a Chinese proverb that says ‘a journey of 1,000 miles begins with one step’. We know we have a long way to realising our ambitions to nourish the lands we share and protect the ecosystems and biodiversity we depend upon.
“This new biomass facility marks a major step forward towards Belvedere making good on our belief that better business practices create a better world.
“We are building on these achievements by setting the bar even higher for ourselves with eight sustainability commitments achievable by 2025.”
Belvedere’s eight commitments include converting to organic farming; restoring landscapes; reducing water waste; renewable energy solutions; sustainable packaging solutions; recovering heat waste by-product; working with local communities to promote and supply green energy; leveraging NGOs and university collaborations for greater water protection and efficiencies.