Diageo named global leader for climate change

24th October, 2017 by Nicola Carruthers

Drinks giant Diageo has been ranked among the world’s top businesses for climate change and water security, according to the CDP Climate A List 2017.

Diageo’s Roseisle distillery in Scotland has a a bioenergy facility

Diageo is one of only 25 companies to score an A for both the climate and water lists this year, and is the only drinks company to make the list.

According to CDP’s case study, the drinks giant has secured a place on the A list for setting “strong new standards” for its buildings and operations.

Diageo has set up several bioenergy plants operating at distilleries in Scotland and India including the Roseisle distillery in Scotland which includes a bioenergy facility that converts byproducts and wastewater into renewable energy, accounting for 50% of the site’s energy needs. The company’s aim is to reduce emissions by 50% by 2020.

Diageo’s new flagship Guinness brewhouse is also the first large-scale brewery in the world to achieve Leed Platinum certification – the global standard for sustainable buildings.

David Cutter, president Global Supply & Procurement said: “I’m very proud of this achievement. It’s a strong endorsement of our ambitious strategy and our performance against challenging environmental targets. It is also welcome recognition for all our teams focused on driving our improved performance – particularly as this is the second year in a row we’ve achieved an A score for both water and climate – a consistency that reflects our unwavering commitment”.

The Climate A List is made up of companies that have been recognised as global leaders and who have demonstrated results for their actions and strategies in response to climate change. CDP conducts a survey of more than 5,000 companies around the world.

In August last year, Diageo reported “strong progress” against its 2020 sustainability and responsibility targets, claiming it will aim also to procure 100% of its electricity from renewable sources by 2030.

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