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Annual ‘Brewing Green’ report – beer and pub sector on track to meet tough environmental targets


The UK beer and pub industry has made even further progress in its efforts to tackle climate change and other environmental challenges, according to Brewing Green, the BBPA’s annual environment commitments report, published today.

Key achievements in this reporting year are as follows:

• Brewers’ energy efficiency rose again, by 1.2 per cent in 2014. There has been an overall improvement of 11.6 per cent since 2008 (base year). The industry remains on track to achieve its 19 per cent reduction target by 2020

• Carbon emissions fell by 1.2 per cent in 2014, with a reduction of 29.2 per cent since 2008 – almost reaching the targeted 30 per cent reduction by 2020.

• Water efficiency rose by 6 per cent in 2014, with a 39 per cent increase in efficiency since 1990, on track to reach the 42 per cent reduction target by 2020.

Alongside a host of company case studies, the report also highlights the success of two BBPA-led industry initiatives: ESOS, a new scheme designed to reduce the costs associated with the new Energy Saving Opportunities Scheme, and Sustain, a major partnership initiative which is cutting the cost of members’ packaging waste.

The association has also called on the Government to make sure that the recent Government review of business energy efficiency policy does not disadvantage brewers, at a time when the sector is playing its part in improving efficiency and reducing environmental impact. “It is critical that small businesses, such as pubs, do not become further over-taxed in any new regime,” says BBPA Chief Executive Brigid Simmonds

Writing in the foreword, Brigid Simmonds, BBPA Chief Executive says:

“The sector continues to invest in innovation and efficiency and it is paying off, with further improvements in water efficiency, another reduction in energy use and more companies moving towards zero waste, so that we remain well on track to meet our strengthened 2020 targets.”

Notes to editors:

View the Brewing Green report here
The British Beer & Pub Association is the leading body representing Britain’s brewers and pub companies. The Association is more than a century old and was originally founded as the Brewers’ Society in 1904. Our members account for some 90 per cent of beer brewed in Britain today, and own around 20,000 of the nation’s pubs.


For further information contact:

Neil Williams
Head of Media
Tel: 020 7627 9156 / 07974 249 779

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