Journal

Lark Is Going Green; We’re Becoming Carbon Neutral in 2021

12/05/ 2021

With the effects of climate change more noticeable than ever, we at Lark are dedicated to protecting our planet and our local community. As a globally consumed and recognised brand, it’s only right to help foster the health of our world and the citizens that consume our Tasmanian whisky.

Started in 1992 in Tasmania, the small, isolated island off the coast of Australia is an integral part of Lark’s brand and ethos. “It’s an amazingly wild and spectacularly scenic place,” says Bill Lark. So, it’s more important than ever to help protect this beautiful southern land that Lark is lucky enough to call home.

“Tasmania’s climate is extremely important to the way we produce and develop our spirits,” says Head Distiller Chris Thomson. “At Lark, we believe it is our duty to reduce the impact we have on the local climate and preserve the conditions that have shaped our spirits and brands in the past so that we can continue to grow in the future.”

Tasmania’s crisp temperature and seasonal changes enable the whisky to move in and out of the barrels, giving it a dynamic, intense and rich flavour. Our whiskies are made using locally-sourced, cold-climate brewing barley and some of the cleanest water in Australia. In order to produce our award-winning whiskies ranging from our Classic Cask to our SYMPHONY Nº1, we need to protect these essential natural resources.

So, we’ve taken it upon ourselves to reduce our ecological footprint to receive a climate-neutral certification from the Australian government’s initiative, Climate Active. This is the most credible carbon neutral certification in the country. This certification, achieved through rigorous testing and processes, is based on international standards and sustainable best practices to ensure a genuine emissions reduction.

“At Lark, we believe it is our duty to reduce the impact we have on the local climate and preserve the conditions that have shaped our spirits and brands in the past so that we can continue to grow in the future.”

Chris Thomson, Head Distiller

Lark has purchased a whopping 1,500 tonnes of carbon credits to certify we’re carbon neutral by the end of autumn 2021. While we aren’t able to completely cancel all emissions, we’ve invested in projects that reduce and remove emissions.

We’ve also reduced the size of our outer packing by 30 per cent, which includes removing all foam inserts used to stabilise the bottle while shipping. We’re aware we can do more, so we’re investigating more environmentally friendly alternatives for our packaging.

Along with that, we’re replacing plastic bubble wrap in our online shipments with the purchase of a cardboard recycling shredder. Our goal is to replace as much plastic in our packaging and dispatch operations with recycled cardboard as possible.

We also aim to finalise the purchase of “green gas” from our energy supplier in our continued effort to reduce our carbon footprint to zero to benefit our beloved and fragile ecosystem. This step will make Lark one of the first companies in Tasmania to switch to “green gas.”

“Tasmania peat bogs rely on the local environment and climate to regenerate and thrive. It is believed that Australia’s peat bogs are existing at the edge of their climatic limits,” says Thomson. “Combatting climate change helps preserve the local peat, which gives Lark Tasmania Whisky its unique smokiness connecting us to our island home.”

These changes, both big and small, will reduce carbon emissions and stave off the effects of climate change on our world. Now, when our customers purchase from Lark Whisky, they can feel confident they’ve got a simple way to act on climate change with an ethical, sustainable product that tastes good too.

While our initiatives are impactful, we’re not stopping there. Over the next two years, we’ll continue to explore and expand our sustainability efforts. We hope you’ll continue to support us on this journey to making our planet and our community a happier and healthier place.