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SABMiller has said it aims to cut water use at its breweries by a quarter by 2015, as part of its UN commitment to sustainable development.

The plan will save around 20bn litres of water annually by 2015, SABMiller said yesterday (13 November).

The UK-listed brewing giant is a founding signatory of the United Nations Water Mandate, introduced in 2007 and which encourages businesses to use water more sustainably.

Around 40% of the world's water basins are under severe stress, according to UN figures. UN secretary general Ban Ki Moon said last year that water scarcity is an issue with the potential to trigger major wars in the 21st Century.

By 2015, SABMiller aims to use an average 3.5 litres of water to make one litre of beer, compared to its current average of 4.6 litres. The industry average is five litres of water, it said.

A 'Five Rs', developed by SABMiller India, has been rolled out across the group: PRotect, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Redistribute.

Stuart Orr, WWF-UK water expert, welcomed SAB's 25% target and commended the company for "its developing programme of work to address its entire Water Footprint, from raw materials to end consumption".


Sectors: Beer & cider

Companies: SABMiller

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