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Corporate Social Responsibility is a major focus in Pernod Ricard's constant quest for improvement. The Group has risen to the challenge of reconciling financial efficiency, respect for stakeholders, environmental protection, consumer protection and cultural awareness.

Energy consumption

Pernod Ricard’s industrial activities use different forms of energy. Some of it comes from fossil fuels and is therefore non-renewable. Reducing energy consumption is an important challenge for the Group. To succeed, particular effort is being made at distilleries, which account for 83% of Pernod Ricard’s total consumption.

Energy consumption


To reduce its energy consumption, Pernod Ricard has taken various sources of action at its production facilities:

  • careful, ongoing monitoring and management of energy consumption;
  • onsite energy diagnostics;
    introduction of energy management systems.
  • use of renewable energies to replace fossil fuels.
In Sweden, for example, the ABSOLUT distillery in Nöbbelöv now has a certified energy management system to reflect its excellence in energy. Its advanced technology to mechanically recompress steam makes it one of the most efficient distilleries in the sector.


Good practice: Chivas Brothers in Scotland

Chivas Brothers, whose distilleries account for 25% of the Group’s energy consumption, has launched a plan to reduce energy consumption at all of its sites, investing in heavy machinery such as third-generation thermocompressors.
The subsidiary has also taken action to recover and recycle energy within its processes. For example, Chivas Brothers reuses the heat generated by the distillation process to dry the residues from the first distillation.
In doing so, Chivas Brothers’ various distilleries have reduced their consumption by between 9% and 35% since 2002. 



In 2011, the Group continued its policy of reducing energy consumption to reach the targets set for all production sites:
  • the Group’s energy consumption amounted to 1,575,545 Gwh
  • since 2008, the Group has reduced its energy consumption per production unit (litre of pure alcohol) by 23%.