The EV fleet rollout exemplifies Schilling‘s commitment to sustainable practices and aligns with Schilling’s annual carbon inventories and greenhouse gas reduction goals. This is one of many projects in the works to achieve its carbon reduction goals.
The company’s Co-Founder & CEO Colin Schilling stated, “We are committed to leading our industry forward to a more sustainable future. Our commitment to reducing our carbon emissions and our environmental impact with electric cars makes sense because clean energy solutions are the path forward if we want to mitigate the effects of climate change and put our planet in a better place for future generations. While we’ve implemented many carbon-reducing initiatives that are now industry standards, there’s more to do.”
To reduce its greenhouse gas emissions, Schilling Cider has not shied away from investing in state-of-the-art upgrades to its production facility. While extremely costly, these new technologies are substantially more energy efficient than typical industry practices. Examples include:
In 2013, Schilling took a significant leap as the first cidery in the U.S. to transition from bottles to cans which are significantly better for the environment. As cited in the case study from Elliot Maltz Ph.D, “For every pound of aluminum cans recycled—90% of the aluminum can be put back into the can supply chain.” Since Schilling committed 100% to cans, there’s been a marked progression away from glass within the industry.
Schilling uses printed cans only rather than wraps or stickers, which are only recyclable when consumers remove the label by hand. The cidery’s packaging is 100% recyclable – from the cartons to the shrink wrap and pallets. Wrapped and stickered cans are a major sustainability issue, causing cans to be diverted into the landfill or leading to 15lbs of plastic per pallet of wrapped cans being burned off into the atmosphere during the melting step of recycling.
Schilling built a proprietary canning line with variable frequency drive motors, an expensive upgrade, and an industry first for Hard Cider. This technology allows the canning process to operate at different speeds, making it much more energy efficient than typical on-or-off machines.
The cidery uses a state-of-the-art tunnel pasteurizing process with heat zone regeneration which recoups energy and is 85-90% more efficient.
As part of a Puget Sound Energy (PSE) grant, Schilling installed the first (and only) custom-built CO2-to-glycol heat exchanger that uses heat from fermentation to gasify liquid CO2 rather than electricity, resulting in huge energy savings.
Schilling has offered free level 2 EV charging to employees at its HQ since 2021.
During production, carbonation is added immediately before packaging. This highly efficient process reduces up to 50% of the CO2 typically released with traditional tank carbonation.
As an industry leader, Schilling Cider believes shifting norms and creating a sustainable business model is the key to inspiring broader change. Co-founder Colin Schilling is committed to running Schilling – from orchard to can – as sustainably as possible while continuously seeking new and innovative ways to improve Schilling Cider’s practices. This includes conducting annual carbon inventories, setting reduction goals, and exploring facility upgrades to significantly reduce their carbon footprint.
About Schilling Hard Cider
Schilling Hard Cider is a homegrown, hand-crafted hard cider company born out of Washington. The Seattle-based cidery is the largest fresh-pressed cider maker in the U.S. and makes a variety of hand-crafted hard ciders. Committed to capturing the essence of the Pacific Northwest, Schilling creates hard ciders that are deliberately innovative, distinct, and flavor-forward. With an eye towards sustainability, Schilling incorporates culls (imperfect apples), sources locally grown ingredients, and responsibly processes and cans their ciders in the region. Schilling’s ciders are vegan, gluten and GMO-free, and fresh-pressed with no artificial ingredients.