By: Alister Doyle
Moving to renewables from fossil fuels will correspond to taking 48,000 cars off the road every year
Budweiser said it has switched all its US brewing to renewable electricity and is adding a clean energy logo to its labels as part of a global shift to green power by its parent company AB InBev.
A “100 per cent renewable electricity” symbol will be added to US bottles and cans, Budweiser said, adding it expects to lift sales of one of America’s top beers following a dip.
AB InBev, the world’s biggest brewer, is one of more than 100 multinational firms to have committed to use renewable power to combat pollution and climate change under the Paris accord.
“Beer has been around for 3,000 years – we would like that to continue for another 3,000 years,” said Brian Perkins, vice president of global marketing for Budweiser.
Since the start of this year Budweiser has bought power equivalent to its US brewing demands from Enel Green Power’s 300 megawatt-capacity Thunder Ranch Wind Farm in Oklahoma.
Tony Milikin, chief procurement and sustainability officer of AB InBev, said that consumers were often rightly sceptical about environmental pledges by big companies.
“Here you see it on the label. That adds confidence,” he said from the World Economic Forum in Davos, adding that the cost of the electricity was not more than from other sources.
AB InBev will widen the logo to other markets and offer it to other companies. It is also trying to cut emissions in areas ranging from growing hops to transporting beer to shops.
About 41 million Budweiser beers are sold every day worldwide, and switching brewing to renewables from fossil fuels will correspond to taking 48,000 cars off the road every year.
Last March, AB InBev committed to obtain 100 per cent of purchased electricity for brewing from renewables by 2025. It expects to reach a rate of 31 per cent this year.