We can get snarky about Big Beer here at American Craft Beer. So it’s only fair that we applaud companies like Anheuser-Busch when they adopt sustainability strategies that could make for a better world!
Here’s the deal…
Anheuser-Busch just launched its US 2025 Sustainability Goals and they’re as ambitious as they are impressive.
And they’ve focused their directives on renewable electricity and carbon reduction, water stewardship, smart agriculture, and circular recycled packaging.
The ambitious goals, (which build on the 2025 Global Sustainability Goals recently announced by the brewer’s parent company AB InBev), and will guide Anheuser-Busch’s US sustainability efforts through 2025 include:
- Renewable Electricity and Carbon Reduction: 100% of purchased electricity will come from renewable sources; and CO2 emissions across the value chain will be reduced by 25%
- Water Stewardship: 100% of facilities will be engaged in water efficiency efforts; and 100% of communities in high stress areas will have measurably improved water availability and quality
- Smart Agriculture: 100% of direct farmers will be highly skilled, connected and financially empowered
- Circular Packaging: 100% of packaging will be made from majority recycled content or will be returnable
And it’s not like Anheuser-Busch hasn’t already established itself as forceful advocate and participant when it comes to protecting the environment and inspiring its partners to do the same.
The company’s 12 major breweries boast a 99.8% recycling rate and over the past decade, Anheuser-Busch’s facilities have reduced water usage by 46%, (the equivalent of 73 billion 12oz glasses of beer!
In 2017 Anheuser-Busch launched its Elevate platform. And they are already working with their 10 craft properties on sustainability efforts, including installing solar panels which will transition those breweries 100% renewable electricity by 2020
Anheuser-Busch has also pioneered new barley varieties that produce high yields using 40 percent less water. And to reduce the environmental impact of its supply chain, the company committed to purchasing 40 Tesla electric powered trucks last year.
“We take great pride in our sustainability efforts and our long history of striving to be good stewards of the environment.” said Michel Doukeris, CEO of Anheuser-Busch. “Our company has been around for 165 years, and these goals will ensure that we continue to make meaningful contributions toward building strong communities and a healthy environment for the next 165 years.”
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