SAB Miller saves $117 million cutting emissions and water use

8 July 2015

Global brewer SABMiller has cut costs by $117 million (£76 million) through reducing carbon emissions and onsite water usage, it said.

It its 2015 Sustainable Development Summary Report, the company behind brands such as Peroni, Grolsch and Hero, said it had cut its global carbon emissions from onsite energy use by 35 per cent since 2008, reducing absolute emissions by nearly one million tonnes.

Over the same period it cut water use per litre of beer by 28 per cent, now using 3.3 litres of water to make one litre of beer, which it says beats its 2015 target.

This has translated into savings of $117 million (£76 million) in the past financial year, compared with 2010.

The report also set out the company’s progress against its sustainability targets for 2020. These included supporting half a million small businesses, securing water supplies shared with local communities through watershed partnerships, and reducing the carbon footprint of the entire value chain from grain to glass by 25 per cent per litre of beer, and 50 per cent across all breweries.

It says it also wants to improve food security and resource productivity by developing targets by crop and growing region. SABMiller brews more than 200 local beer brands across 80 countries, employing around 69,000 people.

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