Pernod Ricard, the second-biggest alcohol producer in the world, has announced an ambitious plan to shift to 100% renewable electricity by the year 2025.
This move will transition all of the group's spirits and wine brands, including Chivas Regal, Havana Club, Jameson, Martell Cognac, Jacob's Creek, Mumm, Perrier-Jouët and others, to operate on solely renewable energy in production sites and offices.
"We also committed to reduce absolute carbon emissions of production sites by 30% by 2030, validated by the United Nations' Science Based Targets initiative, to be in line with the below 2°C scenario," says Vanessa Wright, group vice president of sustainability and responsibility.
While this new commitment is a big step forward, Pernod Ricard has already been making strides to integrate sustainable practices in all levels of production, from grain to glass.
Finland's Turku site, where Pernod Ricard produces a range of herbal and berry liqueurs such as Minttu, Lapponia, Suomi and Valkia, is entirely carbon neutral. All renewable energy comes via wind power, district heating, or a brand new electricity plant powered by processed wood chips.