Green Spirit Initiative

The IWSC’s Green Spirit Initiative award, sponsored by Berlin Packaging, has been created to recognise the multitude of considerate distillation and spirit production practices underway across the world.

We want to highlight the impressive work being carried out by distilleries, producers, and spirit companies already on the journey toward improving their environmental credentials.

No matter your businesses size, we want to hear from you all about the great work you are doing to reduce your impact on the environment when making your spirit.

We are delighted to share the shortlist for our Green SpiritsInitiative Trophy, in partnership with Berlin Packaging. This trophy was open to all international spirits producers setting the standard for more considered spirit making practices.⁠

Huge congratulations to our shortlisted producers on their entries - there was a lot of competition:⁠

• Cooper King Distillery
• Two Drifters Rum
• Four Pillars Gin
• Brighton Gin
• Nc'nean Distillery
• Tomatin Distillery 

The winner will be announced at our 2022 Awards Dinner & Industry Celebration.


Entry criteria

Applicants will be able to provide quantitative evidence on the nature of the improvements made and can demonstrate a causal relationship between activities undertaken and improvements achieved. Visible progress to becoming a more sustainable organisation must be demonstrated. Initiatives must already be underway; it is not enough to simply demonstrate intention.

Entry is open to all 2022 entrants to the IWSC spirit awards.

Entry timeline

Open for entries: Thursday 21 July

Deadline for entries: Friday 5 August

Award judging: w.c. 8 August

Shortlist announced: w.c. 15 August

Winner announced: 29 September at the IWSC's 2022 Awards Dinner & Industry Celebration


How do we submit an entry?

What is the closing date for entries?

  • Closing date for entries is Friday 5 August.

What are you looking for in a submission?

  • We will be looking for a project that, in the judges’ view, has the greatest significance in terms of its positive impact on sustainability and demonstrates creativity and innovation.

How will the award be judged?

  • A selection of industry experts and someone from our sponsor, Berlin Packaging, will vote independently on the submissions. A shortlist will be announced w.c. 8 August. The winner will be announced on 29 September at the IWSC's 2022 Awards Dinner & Industry Celebration

Is there a cost associated with entering this award

  • No. There is no cost – participation is free of charge.

When will the winner be announced?

  • The winner will be announced on 29 September. The shortlisted entrants will be announced before this.

Can a business submit multiple entries?

  • We recognise many businesses are proudly pioneering several initiatives and so we encourage multiple entries though limit it to up to 5 entries.