Green moves

Highland Spring cuts plastic use, hydrogen powers gin distiller

Highland Spring

Bottle plan: Highland Spring cuts plastic

Soft drinks firm Highland Spring is increasing the amount of recyclable plastic in its bottles and investing in a new railway siding as it steps up its environmental measures.

After securing a £55.5 million package from HSBC in asset-based lending and debt refinance the company will reduce the amount of PET plastic in the manufacture and production of Highland Spring products.

This will help the business meet its goal of decreasing its use of PET plastic by 20% and increasing the recycled PET plastic content of Highland Spring bottles to 50%.

The Group is also investing in a new railway siding adjacent to the main bottling plant, which will enable it to transport goods in a more environmentally sustainable way. This will reduce the carbon footprint of the business by significantly reducing its road miles as part of its environmental commitments.

Mark Steven, chief operating officer, said: “As a responsible company, we are committed to investing in solutions which will make positive changes across our business and advance our focus on providing healthy hydration in an environmentally sustainable way.”

Hydrogen powered gin

A distillery is to trial the use of hydrogen power to produce gin as part of a £390 million government investment to reduce industrial emissions.

The HySpirits project will explore the possibility of converting a craft gin distillery in Orkney from using liquid petroleum gas – currently used in gas BBQs and outdoor heaters – to hydrogen to make the process more environmentally friendly.

UK Climate Change Minister Lord Duncan, said: “It’s great to know we can all enjoy an environmentally friendly tipple while helping our planet as we press towards a net zero emissions economy by 2050.

“Developing hydrogen technology has the potential to not only reduce emissions from industry, but could also help us seize the opportunities of the global shift to cleaner economies – with the prize of up two million jobs and £170 billion of annual exports by 2030.”

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