10.12.2021 – 12:30
The world’s largest brewery, AB InBev, is making sustainable progress on the path to climate neutrality: ambitious interim goal in Europe in 2028 for the Beck & Co. brewery in Bremen
Germany is and will remain a core market. Anheuser-Busch InBev has its German headquarters at the traditional Bremen location with one of the largest and best-selling breweries in Europe. The Hanseatic city is an important cornerstone in the next phase of the international brewer’s sustainability strategy. The aim is to create a CO2-neutral operation in four other leading European breweries in addition to the brewery in Bremen by 2028. AB InBev’s European business should make a significant contribution to achieving net zero emissions in its entire value chain by 2040. A goal that goes hand in hand with the new global corporate orientation: “We dream big to create a future with more cheers”.
With its “Sustainability Goals 2025”, AB InBev had already committed itself to promoting the reduction of carbon dioxide emissions through the use of climate-neutral energy sources and thus to making an important contribution to climate protection. CO2-neutral operations should now be achieved in the Magor and Samlesbury breweries in Great Britain in 2026, followed by the Leuven and Jupille breweries in Belgium and Bremen in Germany in 2028. Once the target is reached, the annual CO2 emissions would be will be reduced by 110,740 tons, which corresponds to the emissions of almost 35,000 cars.
“Our Beck & Co. brewery in Bremen is one of the largest breweries in Europe, and our largest in Germany. We see great potential here in Bremen for our plan to become a pioneer in CO2-neutral brewing. For which we have already identified most of the necessary technologies that can get us there. We want sustainability not just to be part of our business, it is is our business, as we as brewers are absolutely dependent on an intact environment “, says Maria Degener, managing director of Anheuser-Busch InBev Germany and responsible for the brewing operation.
Between 2017 and 2020, Anheuser-Busch InBev increased the company’s directly attributable absolute greenhouse gas emissions (so-called “Scopes” 1 and 2) by almost 25 percent, and emissions in the entire value chain (Scopes 1, 2, 3) by more than ten Percent per hectolitre reduced. Earlier this year, AB InBev announced its first carbon neutral breweries in Wuhan, China and Ponta Grossa, Brazil, as well as its first carbon neutral malt house in Brazil. The Group will continue to strive for innovations and partnerships in the future in order to achieve its goal of climate neutrality.
In Europe, AB InBev has already made considerable progress on the way to climate neutrality with its Sustainability Strategy 2025 – with an estimated 16 percent reduction in the CO2 footprint in Western European breweries between 2017 and 2020, reducing greenhouse gas emissions by over 30,000 tons CO2 has been reduced.
Bart Grieten, VP Supply at AB InBev Europe, says: “In order to brew our beer, we depend on natural resources. And since we want to brew for many years to come, it is important that we protect and preserve these natural resources. That Brewing high quality beers depends on a healthy environment and thriving communities. “Adds Erik Novaes, Vice President Procurement & Sustainability at AB InBev Europe,” This announcement is an important moment as we continue to work tirelessly to meet the ambitious sustainability goals for 2025. We pride ourselves on our unwavering ambition to protect the environment and we work with others to tackle climate change, water scarcity, packaging, packaging waste, and biodiversity loss. “.
The strategy of achieving the ambitious goal of net zero greenhouse gas emissions in Europe is primarily based on converting fuel and energy sources and increasing energy efficiency. The company has identified 29 different technologies that can make a promising contribution to achieving the net-zero project. Some of them have already been implemented. In order to tap the potential of green energy, the British subsidiary Budweiser Brewing Group UKI is examining, for example, the use of zero-emission green hydrogen in the Magor brewery in South Wales, one of the largest breweries in the United Kingdom. This project includes hydrogen production facilities, energy storage facilities, hydrogen storage facilities and a hydrogen filling station for trucks.
In addition, AB InBev relies on renewable electricity in Europe. Together with BayWa re, the company has announced the commissioning of the Budweiser Solar Farm in Spain. This allows the company to brew all of its beers in Western Europe with renewable electricity until March 2022 as part of an electricity purchase agreement. This includes the development of two new solar systems in Spain, which will supply 250 gigawatt hours of renewable electricity annually for AB InBev’s breweries across Europe from 2022 onwards. In addition to switching to green fuels, the company continues to look for ways to make its operations more energy efficient. One example is the “Simmer & Strip” technology developed at AB InBev’s Global Innovation and Technology Center (GITEC) in Leuven, Belgium. The innovative process enables energy savings of 80 percent in the previous cooking phase of production and a five percent reduction in brewery emissions.
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Anheuser-Busch InBev Germany
Anheuser-Busch InBev Germany (Beck’s, Franziskaner, Corona) with headquarters in Bremen is a subsidiary of the world’s leading brewing group Anheuser-Busch InBev and is the second largest brewery group in the German beer market. The company employs around 2,300 people at four locations in Germany.
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