Leading brewer AB InBev has unveiled a new set of sustainability commitments to help reduce the company’s impact on the environment.
The brewer, which makes products for beer brands including Stella Artois, Budweiser, Corona and Bud Light, has committed to using 100% returnable or recyclable materials across its range by 2025.
The plans are expected to reduce carbon emissions by 25% across the AB InBev supply chain. The company also sources more than half of its barley for Budweiser from British farms and operates breweries in Magor (South Wales) and Samlesbury (Lancashire).
More than 98% of AB InBev products, packaged in bottles, cans, kegs and baskets, can now be recycled.
Lloyd Manship, general manager at AB InBev’s Magor brewery said: “Our brewery runs around the clock so operating sustainably is crucial for our local community, as well as our business. We are very proud of our sustainability achievements and excited about working towards our next set of goals – our most ambitious to date.
“Thanks to the support of local partners, governments and NGOs, as well as our wider business, we are able to use cutting-edge technology to sustainably brew our beers – from global brands like Stella Artois and Budweiser to local heroes like Boddingtons – so people can enjoy them for years to come.”
Jason Warner, president of AB InBev North Europe, added: “From investing in smart agriculture to help British farmers grow barley in areas where previously they couldn’t, to ensuring our packaging is recyclable, sustainability is a necessity for our business.
”We recognise that climate change is the most pressing issue confronting our planet and could impact the natural resources we rely on to brew our beers to the highest-quality. We’re excited to announce our new goals today, as well as update on our progress in the UK, and look forward to working together with local partners to find new ways to protect our environment and communities.”