Brewers operating in the UK are taking the initiative on green issues, the BBPA says

Brewers operating in the UK are taking the initiative on green issues, the BBPA says

The British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA) has heralded new figures showing that the region's brewing sector has met its 2020 carbon emissions target eight years early.

In a new report, entitled Brewing Green 2013. the BBPA revealed that carbon emissions among brewers operating in the UK fell by 4% in 2012 – representing a cut of 67% since 1990. The sector is also on-track to hit its 2020 target for improving water efficiency, the trade group said.

However, falling beer volumes in the UK had been a factor in helping cut carbon emissions, the BBPA admitted.

The group's chief executive, Brigid Simmonds, said: “Companies are taking the initiative and taking proactive business decisions to ensure that their brewing processes are as green as possible."

But she added: “We recognise that we can do more to influence energy and water use in our supply chain – and we are also committed to reducing waste, particularly in packaging.” 

The group said it will review its green targets this year and set “further challenging objectives” for 2020.