Koskenkorva vodka is named after the village in Finland, where real farmers harvest the world’s northernmost barley that they turn into the purest possible spirit and combine with unfiltered spring water to make a vodka of true integrity.
They have their own bioenergy plant at Koskenkorva, especially designed to use the barley husks that are left over from the distillation, as fuel for steam generation. The bioenergy power plant is the first of its kind in Finland. The distillery is actively participating in the development of renewable energy.
The Koskenkorva plant has a 99.9% recycling rate (don’t worry, back in the village they’re still working on that 0.1%) and was the first spirit to win the Green Company of the Year Award.
All in all, Koskenkorva work sustainably and have a special focus on what they call circular economy. In addition to grain spirit, their plant produces starch and raw materials for animal feed. Even the carbon dioxide generated in the process is collected and used in greenhouse cultivation.
The Koskenkorva bioenergy power plant uses barley husks as fuel and produces steam energy that is then used in distillation.
The ashes are used in the nearby barley fields as a fertiliser. And thanks to the renewable fuel, they’ve been able to decrease their carbon dioxide emissions remarkably.
Altia, the company behind Koskenkorva vodka, cooperates with the Baltic Sea Action Group (BSAG) to promote sustainable agriculture and protect the Baltic Sea and other waterways. For this sustainability work Altia and the distillery, the Koskenkorva plant, were awarded the Green Company of the Year award in the 2018 Spirits Business Green Awards. They are exceptionally proud of that.