The Jack Daniel Distillery has taken strides to reduce its environmental footprint and maintain an efficient process for producing a high quality product.
The employee-led Green Team at The Jack Daniel Distillery implemented programs to recycle materials from both production operations as well as administrative offices.
To minimize material waste, the Distillery has implemented a number of initiatives including:
- "Light weight" bottles and packaging materials to reduce case packing size and raw material consumption.
- Minimizing non-structural packaging materials (e.g. tissue, stickers)
- Revising warehouse storage design to avoid constructing four new warehouses
The by-products from the Distillery's operations that have marketable value are captured for sale instead of disposal. The stillage (a by-product of distillation) is sold to farmers as animal feed in both liquid and dry form. Spent charcoal and char are sold to charcoal briquette manufacturers, and used barrels are sold as barrels to other beverage alcohol producers, as wood smoking chips, or planters.
To manage energy consumption, the Distillery:
- Routinely replaces economizers, heat exchangers, and coolers to reduce energy demand
- Utilizes variable speed drives on large motors to reduce energy demand
- Uses in-bound raw material trucking to transport outbound whiskey shipments
- Operates high-efficiency forklifts with cleaner emissions systems
Maintaining the purity and availability of the water supply is crucial to maintaining the exceptional quality that defines Jack Daniel's Tennessee Whiskey. The Distillery protects the cave spring water recharge area to prevent possible pollution or contamination of this source. To minimize the need for fresh water, it recirculates water in the cooling towers and has aggressive maintenance programs to minimize leaks and equipment malfunctions.
The Distillery also operates an on-site wastewater treatment system where the effluent quality meets or exceeds municipal water quality standards, and employs a stormwater runoff protection program that minimizes any impact on nearby rivers or streams.