BOSSES at a Burton-based brewing heavyweight estimate that a major investment will cut energy use by 25 per cent at the site.
Molson Coors revealed it also hoped to cut greenhouse gas use by 20 per cent by 2020, with the help of its new energy centre at Burton North brewery’s Station Street site.
The firm set out its plans after it took the first equipment delivery for the new centre.
The pair of condenser units, weighing more than 46 tonnes, were secured into place using a 150-tonne crane.
Jeremy Derbyshire, general manager of the Burton North brewery, said: “This new energy centre is a crucial investment for the brewery and will be key to improving our overall energy efficiency.
“When complete, it will help us to fulfil our efficiency targets and allow us to continue brewing the nation’s favourite beers, while reducing our energy output.”
The energy centre is located on the site of the obsolete maltings tower and facilities and is expected to be fully operational by January 2014.
It will help the firm achieve energy savings as outlined in ‘Our Beer Print’, the company’s 2013 corporate responsibility report.
In August 2011, Molson Coors announced plans for a multi-year redevelopment programme that would secure its future in the town.
The plans saw bosses commit to spending an additional £15million per year until 2015.
Earlier this year, the firm also saw movement on plans for a new state-of-the-art bottling line.
Twin 15-tonne stainless steel washer and filler units were delivered that will form part of a £20 million bottling line capable of washing, filling, labelling and packaging 60,000 bottles an hour – a 33 per cent increase in the capacity of the two lines it will replace.
The new line will allow Molson Coors to deliver new, innovative packaging which it currently has to outsource to other companies.
Jim Shaw, the firm’s European supply chain strategy director, said: “This equipment will last 15 to 20 years and is part of a long-term commitment to brewing in Burton.
The new line is now up and running.