Nàdar: Climate Positive Change Is in Our Hands
Arbikie Highland Estate uses renewable electricity from the wind turbine to split water in an electrolyser to create green hydrogen to power the distillery.
In the latest bid to become the world’s first green hydrogen-powered distillery, the field-to-bottle distiller has announced that the installation of a new one-megawatt wind turbine to provide renewable energy. On track to become one of the world’s most sustainable distilleries, Arbikie‘s co-owner and commercial director, Mr. Iain Stirling believes that farmers are guardians of the soil.
“We’ll be gone tomorrow. But our natural environment will still be there. We didn’t know if our vision will work but it is a risk we knew we wanted to take,” he shares.
Nàdar - World's First Climate Positive Spirits
The distillery is already seeing commercial success with Nàdar, the world’s first climate positive gin and vodka. Available at many Hilton and Marriott hotels globally, the environmentally sustainable spirits are also available at eco-conscious bars like Four Seasons One Ninety Bar and top bars like Atlas in Singapore
Gaelic for nature, Nàdar is made using the humble garden peas grown on Arbikie’s estate without the use of synthetic nitrogen fertiliser and reliance on imported protein for animal feed.
Nitrogen is a key contributor to climate change. It is 300 times more potent at warming the atmosphere than carbon dioxide and it also remains active in the atmosphere for more than 100 years. Excess nitrogen in the atmosphere can produce pollutants such as ammonia and ozone, which can impair the ability to breathe, limit visibility and alter plant growth. When excess nitrogen comes back to earth from the atmosphere, it can also damage the health of forests, soils and waterways.
What peas have are root nodules formed by bacteria known as rhizobia that are capable of fixing nitrogen. Found naturally in soil, the bacteria attach to the roots of peas and form nodules that convert nitrogen into ammonia for plant growth and development.
Nàdar has the potential to change the way spirits are made. Swapping wheat neutral spirit with pea neutral spirit can have an impact on the environment. Besides fixing nitrogen, Nàdar is also carbon negative – it avoids more carbon dioxide emissions than it creates, and has a carbon saving of over 1.53 kg carbon dioxide per bottle. A litre of spirit from peas versus wheat saves 2.2 kilograms of carbon dioxide emissions.
“Nadar has set the standard of how you can produce a climate positive spirit. We hope it’s replicated. You can take these small steps and if enough people do that, it will make a huge difference to our environment,” Iain says.
Change Is in Your Hands
Bring any empty, unfinished or full bottle of gin or vodka and pick up a bottle Nàdar at 22% off retail price, before tax. Together we can make a difference. Here’s how:
It can be any bottle of gin or vodka. It can be empty or unfinished.
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