A small granary on a barley field

Sustainable vodka from the village

In the village of Koskenkorva, we’re forerunners of circular economy. Koskenkorva Distillery is on-track to be fully carbon-neutral by 2026, and we've increased the use of regeneratively farmed barley.

In the village of Koskenkorva, we’re forerunners of circular economy. Our distillery runs mostly on bioenergy generated by our own bioenergy power plant, we use 100% of every single barley grain, our recycling and reutilization rate is 99.9% and we’ve managed to reduce our CO2 emissions by 50%. We also educate our farmers, measure soil nutrient levels and protect groundwater areas to reduce the impact of our production on the environment. But we’re not done yet: we aim for fully carbon neutral production by 2025 and increased use of regeneratively farmed barley.

50% decrease in CO2 emissions since 2014

At the Koskenkorva distillery, we have our own bioenergy power plant. It is especially designed to use the barley husks that are left over from the distillation as fuel for producing steam energy, which is then used for the distillation. Thanks to the renewable fuel, we have been able to decrease our CO2 emissions by over 50% since 2014, and we are now 60% self-sufficient in terms of steam generation for the distillery.

Barley sack in the middle of a barley field

99.9% recycling and reutilization rate

As mentioned, our distillery’s recycling and reutilization rate is 99.9%. Which means we recycle literally everything. Like the ashes from our bioenergy plant that we use to fertilize the barley fields.

100% usage of barley grain

Our distillery uses 100% of the barley grain. This zero-waste mentality has been passed on from generation to generation to generation. What we can’t use for vodka goes into making animal feed and paper. And as you might know by now, the rest is used as fuel to run our bioenergy power plant.

A machine harvesting barley

Increased usage of regeneratively farmed barley

Focusing on more environmentally friendly farming practices is a crucial part of our sustainability journey and that’s why we’re aiming at increasing our use of regeneratively farmed barely. Regenerative farming fights climate change by converting fields from emission sources into significant carbon sinks. It improves biodiversity, keeps nutrients from leaking into water bodies, and provides more and better crops at the same time. In 2021 we launched Koskenkorva Vodka Climate Action – the first vodka in the world made entirely from regeneratively farmed barley. Read more about Climate Action and regenerative farming.

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