Molson Coors brews up big efficiency savings with new energy centre
A new UK energy centre installed at Molson Coors' Burton Brewery has reduced the firm's operational carbon emissions by 6.5% - amounting to cost savings of more than £750,000 - in its first year of operation.
The Burton Brewery energy centre, which opened last October, has saved 8.3 million kWh of gas and 4.4 million kWh of electricity through more efficient production of steam, compressed air and refrigeration used during the beer-making process.
Molson Coors UK & Ireland supply chain director Victoria Segebarth said: “We’re extremely happy with the progress that has been made as a result of our energy centre. The cost savings made have been utilised and re-invested into our brands, service and breweries.
“This has given us the opportunity to delight the world’s beer drinkers and focus on being first choice for customers and consumers, while still keeping our beer print to a minimum.”
Molson Coors, which brews Carling, Cobra and Coors beers among numerous others, developed the energy centre as part of a £75m investment in the plant; to support the US-Canadian firm’s ongoing global ambition to cut energy consumption by a quarter and reduce emissions by 15% by 2020, against a 2011 baseline.
As detailed in the group’s 2015 sustainability report, released last month, Molson Coors remains on track with all of its energy, waste and water reduction targets for 2020, with total energy use and carbon emissions dropping by 3.4% and 2.4% respectively last year. The company also reduced its water use by 3.3% in 2014 - an 8% reduction on its 2011 baseline - saving more than 500 million litres of water.
Molson Coors’ sustainability progress was recognised last month with the retention of its listing on the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index (DJSI) for the fourth consecutive year. The firm remains the only alcohol producer to be recognised by DJSI for ‘world-class sustainability performance’.
Earlier this week, edie reported on fellow brewer Heineken’s sustainability report, which revealed that the Dutch brewer had achieved reductions in emissions from production and distribution, but no change in water efficiency.