Sustainable spirits: an experimental distillery in Scotland has created a sustainable vodka

Arbikie Distillery, in Arbroath, Angus, bills its pea-based Nàdar vodka as a ‘climate-positive spirit. Katie Grant explains in an article on the inews website.


Scottish distillery unveils ‘climate-positive’ vodka made from peas

An experimental distillery has created a sustainable vodka that it claims saves more than 1.5kg of carbon dioxide emissions per bottle by drawing on the humble garden pea.

Arbikie Distillery, in Arbroath, Angus, bills its pea-based Nàdar vodka as a “climate-positive spirit” that avoids more carbon dioxide emissions than it creates.

“Turning peas into alcohol is no different than any other raw material, and simply involves taking the starch component then breaking it down and fermenting it into alcohol,” the company said.

“Following the first distillation, which separates out the alcohol from everything else, we are left with something known as ‘pot ale’. Pot ale can have a number of fates from anaerobic digestion, a natural fertiliser or as an animal feed.

“The use of peas versus cereals increases the protein content of the pot ale making it even more suitable as an animal feed. Ultimately it could help Europe become more protein self-sufficient and address food security challenges,” it added.

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The single-estate distiller controls the growing, distilling and bottling process, and said eliminating the need for synthetic fertiliser and reducing the UK’s reliance on imported protein for animal feed helped to result in a carbon saving of over 1.53 kg CO2e per bottle.

Iain Stirling, the distillery director, said: “Arbikie is focused on becoming one of the world’s most sustainable distilleries [and] as both farmers and distillers we are in an ideal position to grow and distil our family of sustainable spirits.”

He added: “Sustainable products, particularly in the area of food and drink, are undoubtedly the future, and they will be the major economic driving force in the years to come, not just in Scotland, but across the world.”

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