Sustainability Resources for Distilleries

Kentucky Sustainable Spirits Initiative

Kentucky Pollution Prevention Center

Partnering with the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet’s Division of Compliance Assistance (DCA), KPPC is working on a series of webinars and workshops to assist the beverage industry with incorporating sustainable manufacturing practices into their business operations.



Kentucky Distillers Association Water and Energy Efficiency 2018 Study

Beverage Industry Environmental Roundtable (BIER)

At the annual Kentucky Distillers Association (KDA) meeting in 2017, KDA members agreed to pursue a more comprehensive approach to benchmark industry effectiveness in environmental initiatives and performance metrics. KDA approached the Beverage Industry Environmental Roundtable (BIER) to collaborate on a distillery-specific performance analysis, combining benchmarking data from KDA members and global distilleries to analyze and highlight KDA efficiency when compared to the broader industry.



Lean & Water Toolkit


Achieving Process Excellence Through Water Efficiency

This Lean and Water Toolkit describes practical strategies for using Lean manufacturing—the production system developed by Toyota—to reduce water use while improving operational per-formance. Drawing from the experiences and best practices of multiple industry and government partners, this toolkit explores opportunities to identify and eliminate “water waste”.



Water Efficiency Manual for Commercial, Industrial and Institutional Facilities

NC Department of Environment and Natural Resources

Optimizing facility water use means more than conducting an in-plant study and preparing a report. Water efficiency measures must be viewed holistically within a business’ strategic planning.


News Articles and Blogs


Going Green: Sustainable Spirits

Distiller Blog

Whether it’s reducing emissions, re-using waste ingredients, adhering to organic principles or straight up philanthropy, this blog post provides highlights of spirits brands that take an environmentally mindful approach in their production processes.



Sustainable Spirits: Distilleries That Are Doing Right By The Earth


This blog post shares about spirits brands that have earth-friendly initiatives surrounding sustainability such as lowering their carbon footprint, reusing waste, conserving energy, and many other important actions. Check them out and get motivated to take action.



Taking Sustainability Deep

Distiller Magazine

A brief guide to best practices for sustainable distilling, broken down along the supply chain, to help companies that want to become more green and have their actions match their words.



The Long-Term Benefits of Sustainability in Distilleries

The Spirits Business

Spirits producers are learning that sustainability is not just in the best interest of the environment but it’s also beneficial for business. The issue of sustainability has been around for a long time but in the past five years the industry has undergone something of an energy revolution. The benefits are numerous; being consistently aware of the environment helps distilleries cut back on long term costs, appeal to new markets and improve brand image.