Covering just 3% of the world’s surface, peat is the world’s best carbon store, safely locking away an incredible 67% of the carbon within the atmosphere.
As an active ecosystem, peatland’s qualities are unrivalled, storing up to ten times more carbon than any other ecosystem.
Growing at just 1mm per year, it’s of critical importance that peat is protected with current damage levels already emitting two gigatonnes of CO2 every year, which accounts for almost 6% of all global greenhouse gas emissions.
Thankfully the world of Whisky is fully aware of the challenges ahead and although Whisky accounts for just 1% of all Peat damage within the UK, the Scotch Whisky Association and its members are committed to repairing and restoring the incredible peatlands of Scotland.
Great work has already begun with Whisky brands Johnnie Walker and Lagavulin recently helping their partner charities to help restore and conserve their local peatlands.