Green Distilleries programme

The £10m Green Distilleries programme aims to address decarbonisation in the spirits sector by accelerating the development of low carbon fuel switching solutions or enabling technologies.

What's the open innovation challenge?

The decarbonisation opportunities for the distillation industry can be split into 4 main groups:

  • Energy efficiency
  • Fuel switching
  • Resource efficiency
  • Carbon capture, utilization, and storage (CCUS)

This competition will address fuel switching, as this is seen as the highest priority for decarbonising the industry. Fuel switching offers the highest carbon reduction opportunity due to the wide use of fossil fuels to produce heat for the distillation process.

Phase 1

Green Distilleries competition Phase 1 - feasibility (up to £500,000)

This phase will award up to £75,000 per project to develop a number of fuel switching solutions.

It will be divided into two Lots:

  • Lot 1 will focus on fuel switching of the process and onsite power production
  • Lot 2 will focus on innovation around fuel switch enabling technologies

Phase 1 of the Green Distilleries competition will fund feasibility studies looking into developing technologies that enable the use of a low carbon fuel in a distillery.

Phase 2

Green Distilleries competition Phase 2 - pilot demonstration (up to £9 million)

This phase will consider applications to pilot key components or further develop the design of the new fuel switching solutions. A pilot demonstration is not limited to a physical demonstration and may only be for part(s) of the process. This could include detailed process modelling, detailed optioneering or an engineering study.

The work being funded must largely be conducted in the UK.

Stakeholder engagement event

A virtual stakeholder engagement day will be held online in early September (likely to be Wednesday 2 September) in support of a proposed invitation to tender (ITT).

Expressions of interest

Companies interested in applying for the Green Distilleries competition can register their interest to hear more about the programme.

Want to find out more?

If you are interested in applying to the programme or attending the online stakeholder engagement day in September, please email industry.innovation@beis.gov.uk titling the email ‘Green Distilleries’, and include your company name and the Lot you are most interested in.

BEIS will then notify you once further details become available.

How to apply

View full notice on the GOV.UK website