Advice on how to create integrated pollution control policies within breweries has been included in a comprehensive EU report on limiting the impact of the beverage and food industries on the environment.

The report drew upon research covering eastern European countries hoping to join the European Union, as well as existing Member States.

Breweries were one of three special areas examined by the report, which concluded that their main pollution control priorities should be "wastewater treatment technologies, good housekeeping, training and awareness of personnel, monitoring, good maintenance and energy saving by minimisation of fuel and electricity used."

It said that brewery managers should especially consider "recycling, material recovery and reuse, processing of waste into other by-products, (ie spent grain for animal feed, yeast as animal feed, etc), and solid waste management."

The report said that breweries should conduct an inventory of existing goods and services, to help assess the costs of improving pollution controls.

*The full report is available at http://europa.eu.int/comm/environment/impel/food_report_main.pdf