British brewers beat energy reduction target

Energy efficiency is flourishing in the pub industry with a 25% increase power efficiency, according to the British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA).

According to BBPA figures, which were released today (November 2), against a target of 20%.

This means the UK brewing sector has, according to the BBPA which claims to represent 96% of brewers, exceeded its climate change targets in results published under the Climate Change Agreement (CCA).

As a result brewers should be saving around £3m a year prompting the BBPA to call on the government to ‘ensure the future’ of the CCA scheme is ‘affordable for small- and medium-sized brewers’ to join.

The new results show energy efficiency, the amount of energy used for every pint of beer produced, has improved by 25% against the already challenging target of 20 per cent.

To produce the same amount of beer, this means a saving of 138,000 tonnes of carbon a year.

BBPA chief executive, Brigid Simmonds, said: “These latest figures add to a great record on carbon reduction by UK brewers – but we will not stop here, as we take our environmental commitments very seriously.

“On top of our record on reducing energy and water use, we have a range of targets under our ‘Brewing Green’ commitments, and we will continue to develop these.

“DECC is now considering how to shape the next CCA agreement, it is important the new scheme should be affordable for small- and medium-sized brewers to join.”

Luke Walsh

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