Scottish whisky distiller Whyte & Mackay has announced a new partnership with carbon removal firm Carbon Capture Scotland.
The partnership forms part of Carbon Capture Scotland’s Project Nexus, which aims to remove one million tonnes of CO2 from the atmosphere per year by 2030.
It will see Carbon Capture Scotland work with Whyte & Mackay’s Invergordon distillery to capture biogenic CO2. Biogenic CO2 originates from organic processes such as fermentation, an element of whisky production, and is part of the natural carbon cycle.
Capturing and removing the biogenic CO2 reduces the baseline levels of CO2 in the atmosphere.
According to Carbon Capture Scotland, the CO2 captured through the partnership will be utilised in local industry, with the excess sequestered via geological stores, resulting in permanent carbon removal.
Richard Nimmons, co-founder of Carbon Capture Scotland, said that Whyte & Mackay has a sustainability programme that is well aligned with Carbon Capture Scotland’s own efforts for Scotland to meet net zero emissions.
Ed Nimmons, co-founder of Carbon Capture Scotland, added: “We want to show the market that carbon capture is not just about reducing fossil fuel emissions. We have a near-term opportunity to capture sustainable CO2, originating from Scottish grain, and to use this to both decarbonise industry and combat climate change by removing permanently.”
He added that co-benefits of the project include local employment, education and development of low carbon skills.
Project Nexus is expected to generate over 400 jobs in rural Scotland.
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