LESS IS MORE
We are committed to sustainable energy use. That’s why we’ve pushed our operations to take advantage of alternative forms of energy for our breweries, logistics fleets and at the wholesale level. Since 2008, we’ve been able to reduce our energy use by more the 30 percent. Today, more than 11 percent of our energy is generated from renewable resources. And that’s just the beginning.
Here are some examples of how our state-of-the-art breweries are sourcing energy in innovative ways:
Bio-Energy Recovery Systems (BERS)
Anheuser-Busch is the world’s largest operator of BERS, a method of turning the nutrients in wastewater from the brewing process into renewable biogas. Used at ten of our U.S. breweries, this process is responsible for generating approximately 8 percent of our fuel needs. Our communities also benefit from our use of BERS technology because it lowers the electricity demand on community wastewater treatment facilities by reducing organic material in the leftover water. Substituting biogas for fossil fuels also reduces brewery emissions of carbon dioxide and reduces other air pollutants that would result from community wastewater treatment facilities.
This alternative fuel option reduces the use of fossil fuels. That’s why more than 60 percent of our Houston, TX brewery’s steam requirements are supplied by capturing the biogas emitted from decomposing materials at area landfills.
Wind and Solar Power
We committed in 2017 that by 2025, 100% of the electricity we purchase to power our brewing and verticalized operations will come from renewable sources.
In 2017, we announced a 152MW wind energy partnership with ENEL Green Power for the first contracted utility-scale project to start operations in the world for AB InBev. We hope this is setting an industry example of how companies can help to make a difference in climate change. This is a “virtual” purchase power agreement (PPA) with Enel Green Power for energy produced by the Thunder Ranch wind farm in Oklahoma which commenced delivery on Jan 1, 2018. The electricity produced increases our total purchased renewable electricity from less than 2% to 50% - significantly reducing overall emissions from our operations. Through this agreement, we purchase enough renewable electricity delivered to the grid as is used to brew more than 20 billion 12 oz servings of beer each year.
By purchasing more than enough renewable electricity to brew Budweiser in the US, we are able to say Budweiser is brewed with 100% renewable electricity from wind. In January 2018, Budweiser, revealed a renewable electricity symbol to appear on all packaging, celebrating the brand’s commitment to brew with 100% renewable electricity. The symbol will be launched in the spring in the US, where we are already brewing all Budweiser with 100% renewable electricity and will be made available for other companies and brands to use.
We have also pledged through the Elevate Program to install solar at all of our craft partners in the US in 2018
We also have on-site solar arrays located at our Newark, N.J., Fairfield, CA, Cartersville, GA and Los Angeles, CA breweries as well as installations at our Eagle Packaging plant and our corporate offices in St. Louis. At peak production, the arrays provide 2.7 MW of electricity.
Located near the Jacksonville, FL and Fort Collins, CO breweries, Anheuser-Busch’s Nutri-Turf farms apply nutrient-rich leftover water from the brewing process to help grow crops.
We utilize our logistics planning systems to completely fill out each load to the legal limit, partner with over 30 other companies to share empty trailer space and eliminate empty miles, and constantly look to engineer solutions to service customer demand with the fewest miles possible.
To reduce greenhouse gas emissions, our Houston and St. Louis breweries have converted their entire fleet to cleaner-burning Compressed Natural Gas engines. We have tripled the use of intermodal transportation over the past four years and recently added capabilities into the St. Louis brewery to ship train cars full of beer eliminating the need for up to four trucks per rail car shipped.
We are investing in new technologies to support our wider logistics supply chain. In 2017, we ordered 40 Tesla trucks in the United States to start the transformation of our dedicated fleet.