The World Health Organization’s “Global Alcohol Report” states that Americans drink an average of 9.2 liters of alcohol per person per year. Beer accounts for half of this. 9.2 liters may not seem like much, but times that 321 million – thats a lot of beer. The U.S. isn’t even close to top of the list of countries with the highest consumed alcohol. Therefore, one can imagine there is a lot of beer being fermented throughout the world. Production of any item, beer or otherwise, creates CO₂ emissions, which directly contribute to climate change. These breweries have taken on certain initiatives to lower their carbon footprint, so you can enjoy a cold one without any guilt.
The most recent brewing giant to announce ambitious sustainability plans is the Carlsberg Group. In June 2017, the company announced they have a created a plan dubbed “Together Towards ZERO.” By 2030, the company is targeting zero carbon emissions and by 2022, using 100% renewable electricity at all of its breweries. It is also looking to halve brewery water usage by 2030.
Chief Executive Officer of the Carlsberg group, Cees ‘t Hart, released a statement saying global challenges such as climate change require a “strong collective action.” He continued with “I’m certain that in achieving our targets we’ll create efficiency improvements, risk reduction and a more resilient business that exists in harmony with local communities and the environment.”
Carlsberg’s announcement closely follows Anheuser-Busch InBev (AB InBev). In March 2017, AB InBev announced it would secure all of its purchased electricity from renewable sources by 2025. In addition, the company plans to cut its operational carbon footprint by 30%. This cut is equivalent to taking nearly 500,000 cars off the road.
AB InBev Chief Executive, Carlos Brito, said “Cutting back on fossil fuels is good for the environment and good for business, and we are committed to helping drive positive change. We have the opportunity to play a leading role in the battle against climate change by purchasing energy in a more sustainable way.”
Other powerhouse breweries like Heineken and SABMiller have already announced their plans in previous years and are currently working towards their goals.