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9 June 2014 | Anna Scott
Anheuser-Busch InBev has pledged a 15 per cent reduction in carbon emissions in its logistics operations by the end of 2017.
The global brewer, whose brands include Budweiser, Beck’s and Leffe, estimates collective logistics improvements could result in up to $200 million (£119 million) savings by the end of the three-and-a-half year programme.
The new goal covers inbound and outbound transportation and warehousing, and will include initiatives such as the use of alternative fuels and smart driving tools and trucks designed to maximise efficiency.
In terms of outbound transportation, the reduction represents about 230,000 tons of carbon emissions in total, equivalent to the annual energy needed to power almost 21,000 homes in the US, according to the US Environmental Protection Agency.
“This new goal builds on our strategy to look beyond our brewery walls as we continue to drive reductions in the impact of our supply chain and pursue partnerships to improve performance globally,” said Carlos Brito, CEO of Anheuser-Busch InBev.
The global logistics goal is part of Anheuser-Busch InBev’s global environmental goals which it aims to achieve by the end of 2017. These include reducing global water usage to 3.2 hectolitres of water per hectolitre of production and reducing packaging materials by 100,000 tons.