The distillery’s offsets help fund a community forest to remove carbon dioxide
Crested Butte, Colo., May 15, 2018– Montanya Distillers, a craft rum distillery located in the Colorado Rocky Mountains, takes another step to integrate sustainability into every aspect of its business. The distillery has partnered with terrapass® to offset its carbon emissions from distilling, business travel, outgoing freight and inbound shipping.
Through the partnership, Montanya is offsetting about 52 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent (MtCO2e) this year. The offset will help fund a Forest Management Project, which absorbs and stores about 2,500 more metrics tons of CO2each year than neighboring forests. This project is equivalent to taking about 550 cars off the road each year. The sale of carbon offsets is a critical way the forest is funded since it doesn’t rely on taxpayer money.
“I am really excited about this new relationship because it has helped us to more quantitatively measure every single input and output in our company,” noted Karen Hoskin, co-founder and CEO of Montanya Distillers. “From Amazon shipping to freight of rum, to shipping of our bottling supplies, to Sysco restaurant supplies, to natural gas under our stills, we’re now measuring every aspect of our carbon output. Then once we calculate, we’re able to offset our emissions directly. The previous company we used didn’t put us through these vigorous calculations and didn’t connect us directly to their outcomes, which made it harder to assess our success.”
Carbon offsets help make up for the carbon footprint left behind. Although carbon offsets can be confusing, it’s quite simple in application. Projects are designated to reduce carbon dioxide emissions (in Montanya’s case a community forest) and then companies and individuals fund these projects directly. One carbon offset equals one ton of reduced emissions.
To learn more about Montanya’s other sustainable initiatives visit: Our Green Philosophy.
Outstanding Distiller Award
Recently Montanya also received a big distinction, being named Outstanding Distiller at the Colorado Manufacturing Awards. Monatanya received this award in large part because of its sustainable approach to business. The judges chose Montanya for its business success, manufacturing acumen, support for gender diversity, and other operational aspects of the business. Many of the judges cited the distillery’s work around sustainability.
About Montanya Distillers
Montanya Distillers, located in Crested Butte, Colo., is a craft rum distillery in the heart of the Colorado Rocky Mountains. Its distilling process uses old-world artisan traditions, combining science with art. By using just four natural American ingredients, Montanya has created aged rums that have received 18 Gold and Silver medals in international competitions. These rums reflect both Montanya Distillers’ mountain culture and a new American rum tradition. Montanya produces Platino Light rum, Oro Dark rum, and a longer-aged, limited-edition rum called Exclusiva. The company was named the 2013 Craft Distillery of the Year by the American Distilling Institute and is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year. Learn more at MontanyaRum.com.
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Established in 1997, Just Energy (NYSE:JE) (TSX:JE) is a leading retail energy provider specializing in electricity and natural gas commodities, energy efficiency solutions, and renewable energy options. With offices located across the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, and Germany, Just Energy serves approximately 1.5 million residential and commercial customers providing homes and businesses with a broad range of energy solutions that deliver comfort, convenience and control. Just Energy Group Inc. is the parent company of Amigo Energy, Green Star Energy, Hudson Energy, Tara Energy and terrapass. Visit justenergygroup.comto learn more. Also, find us on Facebookand follow us on Twitter.