NEW REPORT SHOWS FUTURE IS GREEN FOR EU BREWING SECTOR

Opublikowano: 25 kwietnia 2012

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BRUSSELS, 23 May 2012: Europe’s brewers are getting greener and reducing the environmental impact of producing beer according to a new report released today. The launch of the report at Green Week 2012 highlights brewers’ reliance on high-quality ingredients including water and cereals, and their efforts to reduce, reuse and recycle.

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According to the first report of its kind by Dutch-based consultancy KWA Bedfrijfsadviseurs B.V and research organization Campden BRI, in just two years brewers reduced water use by an  average  of  4.5%  per  litre  of  beer. In  2010 compared  to  2009  this  was  the  equivalent  of about 8 billion litres of water saved, or enough to run a further 32 average-sized1 breweries for a year. 
 
In  the  period 2008-2010, brewers also used  3.8%  less  energy to  produce  a litre  of  beer, resulting in a decrease in CO2 emissions of 7.1%, equal to the annual use of around 175 000 cars2. Brewers also reduced wastewater from the brewing process by 6.9%. 
 
One of the trends the report highlights is the consistent use of all of a brewery’s products. For  example,  in  2010, over  6  billion kilograms of brewers’ grain was used as  secondary products, or enough to feed up to 2.4 million cattle3 that year. Brewers’ grains are also used as an additional ingredient in bread, yeast extract, paper, bricks and fuel grade ethanol.
 
The  Brewers  of  Europe,  the  voice  for  3,500  brewers  large  and  small  across  Europe, welcomed the result.  Pierre-Olivier Bergeron, Secretary General of The Brewers of Europe, said  “Beer  in  Europe  is  getting  greener  as  brewers focus  on  innovation  to  improve environmental  performance  while  producing  the same  quality  product  that  consumers deserve.”
 
The report  concludes  that  the  brewing  sector  in  Europe  is  committed  to continually improving its environmental impact, driving efficiency in energy, water and raw material use while  reducing  emissions  and  waste.  Case  studies  show  there  is  no  step  in  the  brewing process which has not shown an improvement in environmental performance.
 
“Launching the report during Green Week is a great way to show the progress we have made and  highlight  how  we  are  striving  to  support,  in  particular  throughout  the  economic  crisis, the Europe 2020 strategy for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth,” Bergeron added. “We
realise there’s more to do, but this study shows we are on the right track and committed to an even greener future.”
 
He noted further  progress is  already  being  made and  more  is  expected  at  every  level. “Breweries regularly  form  partnerships  with organisations  at  European,  national  and  local levels to help reduce environmental impact, and to encourage consumers to do the same,”
Bergeron said.
 
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The full report is available at: http://www.brewersofeurope.org/asp/publications/index.asp
 
                                      
1
 On the basis of a brewery producing 500,000hl of beer/year
2
 On the basis of a diesel-powered sedan car using 135g/km and driving 10,000km a year
3
 On the basis that brewers’ grains can be fed to cows at 7-10kg/head/day

CONTACT: 
Simon Spillane: sws@brewersofeurope.org +32 2 551 18 10
About The Brewers of Europe
For more than a half century The Brewers of Europe has been the Brussels-based voice of the European brewing sector towards the European institutions and international organisations.
Founded  in  1958,  it  has  28  members,  comprising  24  national  brewer  associations  from  the EU, Croatia, Norway, Switzerland and Turkey.
http://www.brewersofeurope.org/
 
KWA Bedrijfsadviseurs B.V. 
KWA Bedrijfsadviseurs B.V. is a business consultancy company specialised in energy, water, soil,  environment,  health,  safety  and  quality.  KWA  has  a  lot  of  experience  in  the  brewing sector. In 2000,  2004 and 2008 KWA carried out the World Wide energy benchmark for  the brewing  sector.  They  advise  brewers  on  energy,  water  and  cost  reduction  and  they developed a software tool for brewing companies to save energy and water.
 
Campden BRI
Campden  BRI is  the  UK’s  largest  independent  membership-based  organisation  carrying  out research  and  development  for  the  food  and  drinks  industry  worldwide.  It  is  committed  to providing  industry  with  the  research,  technical  and  advisory  services  needed  to  ensure product safety and quality, process efficiency and product and process innovation.

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