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SABMiller plans to halve carbon emissions used to make a litre of beer by 2020, enabling the brewer to freeze total emissions across its brands at current levels. 

The target, announced today (26 June), will only measure on-site brewing operations that can be directly controlled by SABMiller, and so not emissions used to produce raw materials, such as barley or glass.

Renewable energy and use of brewing by-products to create fuel will spearhead the drive to half emissions per litre of beer produced, to 68.5g per litre, by 2020, the brewer said.

SABMiller CEO Graham Mackay said: "Our new strategic approach to reduce fossil fuel gas emissions per unit of product will allow us to contain our emissions by 2020, despite growth in production volume.

"This follows our commitment last year to reduce our water consumption by 25% per hectolitre of beer by 2015 - a target towards which we are already making progress."

Earlier this year, SABMiller said that it was helping to fund a GBP27m bioenergy research project in the UK, devised to examine the viability of using spent grain to generate fuel.

Spent grain from brewing has "real potential" as a fuel source, professor Katherine Smart, a researcher on the project and the SABMiller-sponsored chair of brewing science at the University of Nottingham, told just-drinks.


Sectors: Beer & cider

Companies: SABMiller

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