Diageo sets a new benchmark for environmental sustainability in distilling
Diageo wanted to create a flagship manufacturing site at Cameronbridge representing the scale of their ambition for the sustainable growth of the business. They wanted to ensure that the Distillery was at the forefront of innovation in renewable energy and would set a new benchmark for environmental sustainability in distilling, not just in Scotland, but on a world stage.
Diageo commissioned a new multi million pound bio energy facility at Cameronbridge and chose to partner with Veolia on this sustainable project. Veolia Water Technologies were contracted to design and build the dewatering and aqueous treatment plant. Veolia UK (Dalkia) is responsible for the biomass and biogas boilers to create the green energy and will operate the plant.
A high rate anaerobic treatment system is used to convert a large proportion of the Soluble Chemical Oxygen Demand (SCOD) in the aqueous stream into valuable biogas. Biomass and biogas is burnt in the boilers producing steam and electrical energy – used on site exported to the national grid. The RO treated water is returned for re-use within the bio energy plant and distillery.