SABMiller cuts energy use

SABMiller cuts energy use

SABMiller has said it has devised a way to lower energy use during boiling at its breweries, as part of the brewer's sustainability drive.

The new technology could reduce energy use during boiling by up to 40%, an SABMiller spokesperson told just-drinks today (6 July).

SABMiller has already installed the new techonology in South Africa and parts of Africa and the firm said that it plans to expand it to several breweries worldwide in the coming year.

The Peroni Nastro Azzurro brewer has pledged to reduce its fossil fuel emissions by 50% per litre of beer by 2020, compared to 2008 levels.

Energy required to boil unfermented 'wort' during brewing can account for 40% of a typical brewery's energy needs.

"Elements of the brewing process have remained largely unchanged for many years," said SABMiller's chief brewer, Barry Axcell.

"However, by applying new scientific techniques we are able to produce the same high quality products our consumers demand using less energy, which is good for us and good for the environment," he said.