Diageo Becomes Largest Purchaser Of Green Natural Gas In Canada Through The
Country's Leading Green Energy Provider
TORONTO, July 24, 2014 /CNW/ -- Diageo announced today that it has expanded
its commitment to purchase green natural gas in Canada, making it the largest
supporter of green natural gas in the country through Bullfrog Power, Canada's
leading green energy provider. As a result of a new agreement, the world's
leading spirits, wine, and beer company has extended its existing commitment
to purchase green natural gas for its Gimli, Manitoba facility and bolstered
its commitment by purchasing green natural gas for its Valleyfield, Quebec
location. Both facilities are committed through 2016.
Diageo began purchasing green natural gas from Bullfrog Power for its Gimli
facility in 2013. The Gimli site is Diageo North America's largest distillery
and the home of Canada's iconic Crown Royal Whiskey. The Valleyfield site
distills and bottles a range of other Diageo brands. Purchasing green natural
gas for these facilities will reduce the sites' carbon footprints by a
remarkable amount ? more than 95 percent and 80 percent, respectively.
Since 2007, Diageo North America has reduced its greenhouse gas emissions by
more than 75 percent, despite a significant increase in production volumes.
This achievement is well ahead of the 50 percent reduction target that was set
by the company for 2015.
"At Diageo, we recognize that operating sustainably is fundamental to the
future of our business and integral to our growth, and we have truly ambitious
aspirations for reducing carbon emissions and waste, and improving water
stewardship," said Paul Gallagher, President, Supply, Diageo North America.
"This decision to expand our commitment to green natural gas will further
reduce Diageo's greenhouse gas emissions."
Through these agreements, Bullfrog Power's producers will inject 100 percent
green natural gas onto the Canadian natural gas pipeline system to match the
amount of natural gas that Diageo's Gimli and Valleyfield sites use. Sourced
from a unique, ground-breaking methane-capture project situated on one of
Canada's thousands of landfill sites, Bullfrog Power's green natural gas is a
climate-friendly alternative to conventional natural gas. Through this
innovative technology, biogas is captured, cleaned up, and injected onto the
national natural gas pipeline, displacing fossil fuel-based gas and reducing
CO(2 )emissions into the atmosphere.
"As Canada's largest purchaser of green natural gas with Bullfrog Power,
Diageo continues to prove itself as a sustainability leader," said Peter
Melanson, CEO, Bullfrog Power. "By bullfrogpowering its Gimli and Valleyfield
facilities with green natural gas, Diageo is reducing its environmental impact
and supporting the development of new renewable energy facilities across
Diageo is recognized as a global leader in environmental sustainability.
Globally, Diageo was the top beverage company in 2013 in the Carbon Disclosure
Project, and scored highly in the FTSE4GOOD (top food and beverage company)
and Dow Jones Sustainability indices. As Diageo's largest region by volume
and value, with a significant manufacturing footprint, Diageo North America is
a significant contributor to this result. In 2013, Diageo North America
became a signatory of the Climate Declaration, which brings together companies
and individuals to demonstrate support for a national strategy to tackle
climate change. For more details about Diageo's global sustainability
efforts, view the company's 2013 Sustainability & Responsibility Report at
About Diageo Diageo (Dee-AH-Gee-O) is the world's leading premium drinks
business with an outstanding collection of beverage alcohol brands across
spirits, beer and wine. These brands include Johnnie Walker, Crown Royal, J&B,
Windsor, Buchanan's and Bushmills whiskies, Smirnoff, Ciroc and Ketel One
vodkas, Baileys, Captain Morgan, Tanqueray, Guinness, Beaulieu Vineyard and
Sterling Vineyards Wines.
Diageo is a global company, with its products sold in more than 180 countries
around the world. The company is listed on both the New York Stock Exchange
(DEO) and the London Stock Exchange (DGE). For more information about Diageo,
its people, brands, and performance, visit us at Diageo.com. For our global
resource that promotes responsible drinking through the sharing of best
practice tools, information and initiatives, visit DRINKiQ.com.
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Alix Dunn, Diageo, 203.229.4744
-0- Jul/24/2014 13:00 GMT
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