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SABMiller is aiming to halve its carbon footprint at all its global breweries by 2020 as part of new sustainability targets. 

SABMiller unveiled its sustainability targets today

SABMiller unveiled its sustainability targets today

The London-headquartered brewer today (9 July) announced a series of eco-related goals, under a new initiative called 'Prosper'. The company's overall target is to cut its carbon footprint from grain to glass by 25% per litre of beer.

Within this, it hopes to reduce its footprint by 50% at its breweries, cut its packaging carbon footprint by 25% and its refrigeration carbon footprint by the same amount.   

Other targets include: 

  • Water efficiency of three litres per litre of beer 
  • Encouraging moderate and responsible alcohol consumption by scaling up global and local programmes to reach all SABMiller beer consumers. The company says it wants to make beer the “natural choice for the moderate and responsible consumer”. 

Alan Clark, SABMiller's CEO, said: “Today society faces major challenges and the stakes are getting higher: poverty, water scarcity, climate change, food security and alcohol-related harm all demand urgent attention to secure a prosperous future. 

“These pressing issues are shared by communities, businesses and governments and we must solve them together.”

Earlier this week, the group confirmed it plans to sell its stake in South African gaming, hotel and entertainment group Tsogo Sun Holdings


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