A Yorkshire-based gin and whisky distillery is one of only three in England to be run solely on green energy.
As England’s smallest and first self-built whisky and gin distillery, Cooper King Distillery will commence production of its juniper-led gin and open its doors to members of the public this spring, the whisky distillation will follow in summer 2018, with a predicted release date of 2023.
Having recently partnered with green energy specialists, Ecotricity, Cooper King is one of only a handful of distilleries in the UK to be 100 per cent green.
Established by co-founders Chris Jaume, a chartered architect and Dr Abbie Neilson, a former scientist, Cooper King Distillery is based in Sutton-on-the-Forest in North Yorkshire.
Whilst visiting Australia, Chris and Abbie became fascinated by Tasmania’s eight operational whisky distilleries and the hand-crafted premium whisky industry, which was just starting to take off in this part of the world.
With a mission to bring their discoveries back to Britain, Chris and Abbie set up a truly independent craft whisky and gin distillery back home in Yorkshire.
Following their passion to have a positive impact on the environment, the couple sought out an energy provider with the same values.
Founded in 1995, Ecotricity is the world’s first green energy company. Holding the title as the greenest energy company in Britain, the firm supplies 100 per cent green electricity and frack-free gas to over 200,000 customers.
Cooper King Distillery also pledges to plant a tree for every Founders’ Club membership sold in a mission to emit carbon emissions.
Cooper King Distillery co-founder Chris Jaume said: “We are extremely happy with our decision to run on 100% green energy. We are so passionate about ensuring that our actions have a positive impact on the environment and are taking every step we can to operate sustainably.
“It’s great that we are among a select few distilleries in the UK choosing to run solely on green energy; we hope that we can inspire more businesses to make a conscious effort to look at the impact they have on the environment.”
Founder of Ecotricity, Dale Vince, said: “Powering a business with green energy is the biggest single step that any business can take to cut the emissions that cause air pollution and climate change.
“Simply by choosing to use green energy, Cooper King Distillery will reduce the environmental impact of their own operations – while also supporting Britain’s energy independence and the green economy.”