TWO Burton-based beer giants have helped the brewing industry reach a reduce in carbon emissions - eight years early.
The British Beer and Pub Association (BBPA) revealed that Molson Coors, which has sites in High Street and Station Street, and Marston’s, based in Shobnall Road, had met its 2020 carbon target — to reduce carbon emissions by 67 percent compared to 1990 levels — and are also on track to achieve its 2020 target for improved water efficiency.
BBPA chief executive Brigid Simmonds said: “The brewing industry has been working hard to minimise its environmental impact for decades.
“These latest figures demonstrate that the sector is taking its environmental commitment seriously and delivering results.
“The latest fall in carbon emissions, the increasingly efficient use of water and the reduction in waste and packaging are all achievements to be proud of.
“Companies are taking the initiative and taking proactive business decisions to ensure that their brewing processes are as green as possible.
“We recognise that we can do more to influence energy and water use in our supply chain – and we are also committed to reducing waste, particularly in packaging.
“The brewing industry is being bold, open and progressive about its commitments.
“When it comes to an industry that is dedicated to improving our environmental performance, we want to ensure that it’s a case of ‘beer is best.’”
Efforts at Molson Coors have seen the building of a new energy centre at its Burton Brewery, in Station Street in a bid to improve its carbon footprint
Jeremy Derbyshire, of Molson Coors, said: “The energy centre will help us to fulfil our efficiency ambitions, as we look to continue brewing the nation’s favourite beers, while reducing energy output.”
During 2012, carbon emissions fell by four per cent, a reduction of 67 percent since 1990 and an energy efficiency improvement of 36 percent.
The industry says carbon targets will be reviewed during 2014 to set further goals for 2020.
Bosses set a goal to reduce the amount of waste produced each year, working towards zero waste to landfill.