FOUR PILLARS ANNOUNCED AS AUSTRALIA’S FIRST
CARBON NEUTRAL GIN DISTILLERY
Four Pillars Gin has announced it is the first carbon neutral gin distillery in Australia as it
unveils a $7 million dollar upgrade to its Healesville headquarters in Victoria’s Yarra Valley.
The expanded distillery door is set to open to the public by the end of April.
This certification, under Climate Active, is only awarded to businesses that have reached a
state of achieving zero net emissions. Climate Active is an Australian government initiative
and is one of the most strident carbon neutral programs worldwide.
Not only will all Four Pillars gins bottled onsite be certified carbon neutral, the business
operations of Four Pillars has also achieved carbon neutral status by being included in the
boundary of the Lion Australia’s organisation certification last year (Lion is a partner of Four
It is a significantly complex and costly undertaking to make actual products certified carbon
neutral, alongside the production facility itself. Four Pillars has been working with Climate
Active and consultants Ndver Environmental for more than a year to achieve this accreditation,
which takes into account all elements of the gin’s journey beyond the distillery door.
“This is a landmark day for Four Pillars and our commitment to sustainability,” said Four Pillars
co-founder and distiller Cameron Mackenzie.
“From the very first day we distilled gin we have tried to recycle, re-use and replenish our
environment and give back to the community. We cannot give more to the community than
assure it that our gins tread carefully on our planet especially in this time of climate crisis.
“Our journey to carbon neutral began with the simple idea of reusing oranges for marmalade,
giving spent botanicals to pigs for feed, putting solar panels on our roof and of course offsetting
what can be an energy intensive production process by carefully purchasing mainly domestic
“To be honest, we are doing no more, or less, than what should be expected of a business
that is lucky enough to be based in the magnificent natural surrounds of the Yarra Valley.”
The soon-to-launch Four Pillars distillery, named Healesville 2.0, has seen more than a
1000sqm expansion of the original site and is set to become a new benchmark for craft gin
distilleries worldwide. The new site is directly adjacent, and wholly connected, to the original
Four Pillars home on Lilydale Road, Healesville and has been designed by Melbourne’s
award-winning and sustainability-led Breathe Architecture.
In addition to Four Pillars’ commitment to an emissions reduction strategy, the business is
dedicated to achieving broader sustainability wins which were instrumental during the planning
and build of Healesville 2.0.
The construction has used materials including recycled and upcycled concrete and bricks,
pineapple ‘leather’ upholstery and even building ‘waste’ has been carefully used and given a
second life. Furniture is all locally sourced, solar power panels clad the roof, and internal and
external landscaping includes plantings of local natives and botanicals, many of which will be
used in future gin distillations.
Gin will also be ‘piped’ directly into the main bar through featured copper pipes to reduce glass
waste plus bottled tonic usage will be massively reduced, replaced in the most part by tonic in
kegs. These two initiatives alone will see the site save 29 tonnes of glass per year.
The whole site, incorporating the old and new buildings, will be enclosed by a copper ‘veil’
made from 1650m of raw copper tubing, giving Healesville a stunning new landmark as well
as working as a natural heat exchange to reduce energy consumption.
Ongoing sustainability programs include re-using the one tonne of spent botanicals produced
each week in our Made from Gin food range or as mulch for local gardens.
Healesville 2.0 will place Four Pillars, the two-time winner of the IWSC International Gin
Producer of the Year, on the global distillery destination map and is set to open to the public
by the end of April 2022.
For further information about Climate Active and to see the full rundown of Four Pillars carbon
reducing activities please visit www.climateactive.org.au
Four Pillars Distillery
2 Lilydale Road
Open from late April, seven days a week
Sun – Thurs: 10.30am – 5.30pm
Fri – Sat: 10.30am – 9.00pm
1800 374 446
Source: Four Pillars Gin