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Greensand Ridge becomes UK’s ‘first’ carbon-neutral distillery

Kent-based Greensand Ridge is thought to have become the UK’s first carbon-neutral distillery after implementing a number of sustainable systems.

Greensand Ridge set out to have an “ultra-low” impact on the environment

The micro-distillery’s carbon-neutral certification is the “culmination of a great deal of work over the last year”.

“It doesn’t change our spirits but it’s a statement of what is important to us as a new and growing business,” said Greesand Ridge founder and distiller Will Edge.

“The regulations demand a significant ongoing investment in time and resources and we needed to be well established before we undertook the work. Hopefully, that work can be a template for other businesses in the industry.”

Greensand Ridge commenced production in 2015 with the aim of having an “ultra-low” impact on the environment. The distillery produces gin, eau de vie, rum, and brandy.

Its team has implemented procedures related to renewable power, heat recovery systems, plastics removable and chemical-free production. Greensand Ridge also uses surplus produce from local famers, such as plums and apples, which supermarkets won’t take, to create its products.

“We work with local farmers to mitigate their waste and so make a lot of fruit spirits like our Apple Brandy and Raspberry Ghost,” added Edge. “Even our Wealden Rum is made from a locally sourced by-product.”

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