A new distillery planned for Benbecula has won backing for their bid to produce the smallest possible carbon footprint.

South Uist Distillery is one of eleven Scottish distilleries to win UK Government backing for their bid to reduce energy use and emissions at their planned new site.

The distillery aims to produce single malt whisky, rum and gin with a Hebridean flavour and is registered at Bornish House in South Uist.

A planning application to Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, submitted in October 2020, describes a new distillery at Gramsdale in Benbecula, with a 'lighthouse tower', chimney and tanks.

In an announcement from the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy on Friday (8 January), the company planning the build was announced receiving two awards from a £10 million fund to cut emissions in their production process.

The scheme is intended to help boost decarbonisation research and development, with schemes including the use of hydrogen and biofuel boilers and geothermal energy in their production processes.

The Uist Distilling Company will get £44,572 to trial a combination of a hydrogen burner and indirect heating of a thermal oil, rather than using steam. It also receives £40,539.23 for a high temperature heat store which would allow the distillery to be run purely on electricity.

Energy and Clean Growth Minister Kwasi Kwarteng said: “Building back greener from the pandemic is something we can all raise a toast to.

“Every business can play a part in the green industrial revolution and this funding will allow UK distilleries to lead the way by making their production cleaner while also creating jobs.”

Picture shows an architects’ projection of the planned new distillery.