Altia and Koskenkorva distillery awarded as the Green Company of the Year in the Green Awards 2018

Altia has been awarded as the Green Company of the Year in the highly respected The Drinks Business Green Awards 2018. Altia was selected as the winner due to the bio and circular economy achieved at its Koskenkorva distillery in Finland.

The Drinks Business Green Awards , organised by The Drinks Business magazine , recognises the drinks companies who are leading the way in sustainability and environmental performance.

The Green Company of the Year recognition is awarded annually to a company that demonstrates its commitment to developing environmental responsibility especially by changing and improving business practices to lower its carbon footprint.

Koskenkorva distillery is a forerunner in bio and circular economy

Altia was selected as The Green Company of the Year due to the bio and circular economy achieved at its Koskenkorva distillery in Finland. Koskenkorva distillery uses about 200 million kilos of Finnish barley each year and none of this goes to waste. The barley husk that would otherwise not be used in the distillery’s production is incinerated in the plant’s own bioenergy power plant, which produces steam energy for the distillation process.

Thanks to the renewable fuel, Koskenkorva distillery has decreased its carbon dioxide emissions by over 50% since 2014 and its self-sufficiency in fuels in steam generation has increased to over 60%.

The Koskenkorva distillery produces grain spirit for Altia’s beverages, such as Koskenkorva Vodka. In addition to grain spirit, the Koskenkorva plant produces starch and raw material for animal feed. Even the carbon dioxide generated in the process is collected and used for example in greenhouse cultivation.


Circular economy in Koskenkorva plant. Picture source: Altia. Click to enlarge.

Pure unfiltered ground water

In addition to Finnish barley, the other key element in Altia’s products is pure water. The water used in Altia’s bottling plant in Rajamäki, Finland, is pure unfiltered ground water that fulfills all the quality requirements without any chemical or mechanical processing. Altia protects the water abstraction areas by owning land, limiting construction in the area and establishing environmental protection areas. 

Altia also develops its packages from the perspective of sustainability and lower environmental impact. This is achieved by for example lowering the glass weight and increasing the use of recyclable PET bottles as well as decreasing the excess packaging material.

The recycling and utilisation of waste are at a very high level at Altia: 99.5% of the waste is recycled or reutilised.

Sources and more information:

Altia’s news article

Green Awards 2018

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Updated on 21.11.2017, at 12.50, .