The second-largest alcoholic producer in the world, Pernod Ricard, has revealed an ambitious plan to shift to 100% renewable power by 2025.
All the spirits and wine brands in the company will be changed to work in strictly renewable energy production sites and offices, including Chivas Regal, Havana Club, Jameson, Martell Cognac, Jakob’s Creek, Mumm, Perrier-Jouët, and others.
“We also committed to reducing absolute carbon emissions of production sites by 30% by 2030, validated
The Science Base Target’s initiative of the United Nations calls for businesses to set carbon emission targets aligned with the Paris Convention’s goal of rising global average temperature. Pernod Ricard aims to achieve SBTi’s 2 ° C scenario, whereby the organization needs to reduce its manufacturing site carbon emissions by 30 percent by 2030.
Although this new pledge is a great step forward, Pernod Ricard has already made progress in implementing sustainable practices in all production levels, from grain to wine.
A few months ago, Pernod Ricard joined RE100, a group of important companies with a 100% commitment to renewable energy. “We[ Pernod Ricard] is confirming the growing demand for clean electricity by committing to moving to renewable energy,” explains RE-100 head Sam Kimmins, “we support their optimistic pledge to move to 100 percent renewable electrical energy by 2025, encouraging other companies to follow its lead.”
After the installation of over 10,300 solar energy in the Barossa Valley, the Australian wineries of Pernod Ricard, including Jacobs Creek, St Hugo, and Wyndham Estate has formally been powered by 100% renewable energy. Pernod Ricard is the country’s first wine company to achieve this milestone, Brand Reps noted.
For the Swedish group, the Absolut Distillery in Ahus is the first carbon-neutral distillery in the world, sustainability has taken its step forward. The animal feed and biogas constitute 99 percent of organic by-products and food waste. The first is used for feeding 250 thousand swine and 40 thousand cows daily.
Finland’s Turku plant at Turku is fully carbon-neutral. Pernod Ricard manufactures at the Turku site a variety of herbal and berry liquor such as Minttu, Lapponia, Suomi and Valkia. All renewable energy comes from wind energy, district heating or a brand new wood chip power plant.
In France, where the Group is based, Pernod Ricard has matched the energy consumption of France’s production website and administrative websites with EDF Enterprises. Under the Agreement on the Renewable Energy Policy, EDF is reprocessing renewable energies in excess of 32,000 MWh.
Most mega-group spirits play their part in compensating their impact on the environment.
Diageo has announced that it plans to reach 100% recycled plastic in bottles by 2030, with a goal to produce zero waste by year’s end.
In its core brands, Brown-Forman is increasing sustainability. Jack Daniels aims to completely redirect all waste from waste sites and Herradura reduces energy requirements for cooking agave.
Brown-Forman also leads the newer Slane Irish Whiskey brand to the portfolio front and middle. The brand will open a new brew that includes an anaerobic digester that converts wastewater distillation to biogas and can collect rainwater during the distillation process.