The UK brewing industry has met its 2020 carbon target — to reduce carbon emissions by 67 percent compared to 1990 levels — eight years early and is on track to achieve its 2020 target for improved water efficiency, the British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA) says.
The industry has set a goal to achieve an industry average of less than 4 liters of water for each liter of beer produced, a reduction of 42 percent by 2020 compared to 1990.
During 2012, carbon emissions fell by 4 percent; a reduction of 67 percent since 1990 and an energy efficiency improvement of 36 percent. Although BBPA says declining volumes have been a factor, the efforts made by companies to reduce energy use and improve efficiencies have been crucial to achieving this reduction in emissions.
The industry group says carbon targets will be reviewed during 2014 to set further goals for 2020.
The sector has seen continued improvement in water efficiency with UK brewers making a water saving efficiency gain of 4 percent between 2011 and 2012, BBPA says. Since the start of 2011, more than 6 million hectolitres of water have been saved at AB InBev’s Magor brewery using water saving technology, including reverse osmosis. At Molson Coors’ Tadcaster brewery, water saving drought response measures and further investment in additional reverse osmosis equipment has been made to save water and provide further security of water supply in the future.
In addition to other measures, the lightweighting of bottles and cans has helped companies make significant progress on reducing packaging, the BBPA says. In addition, the industry has, as a whole, reduced the amount of waste disposed of by 83 percent since 2006, according to recent Environment Agency data.
The industry has set a goal to reduce the amount of waste produced each year, working towards zero waste to landfill. It hasn’t set a deadline to achieve zero waste.