Anheuser-Busch Recognized by EPA’s Climate Leaders Program for Meeting Greenhouse Gas Reduction Goal
ST. LOUIS, Dec. 3 /PRNewswire/ — For generations, Anheuser-Busch has been promoting environmental stewardship at its breweries and operations across the country. In 2007, the brewer joined the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Climate Leaders program and pledged to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by five percent from 2005 through 2010. Through the dedication of its employees and continued use of alternative fuels, Anheuser-Busch has met its goal one-year ahead of schedule and was formally recognized for its accomplishment at the annual Climate Leaders Partners meeting on Dec. 2 in National Harbor, Md.
“EPA’s Climate Leaders are sending a clear message that the choice between our economy and our environment is a false choice,” said Lisa Jackson, administrator of the U.S. EPA. “They’re doing their part in the fight against climate change and giving consumers the power to support environmentally responsible choices. That leads to a better bottom line and a brighter future for everyone.”
As part of receiving advanced certification of its goal from the Climate Leaders program, Anheuser-Busch’s U.S. operations have committed to further decrease total greenhouse gas emissions by 15 percent by the end of 2013 based on figures from 2008.
“Our employees are to be commended for their efforts to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions and helping us reach a new milestone in our use of alternative fuels,” said Peter Kraemer, vice president of Supply for Anheuser-Busch, Inc. “As of this October, our U.S. breweries brewed and packaged the equivalent of one in every six beers using alternative fuels.”
In addition to reducing electricity and fuel use through efficiency programs, Anheuser-Busch has invested in renewable energy projects, such as using landfill gas at its Houston brewery and the construction of its tenth bio-energy recovery system (BERS) at its Fairfield brewery. The brewer is also partnering with solar energy companies at some of its breweries and investigating the use of various types of alternative fuel sources that will best meet the needs of its operations.
The company continues to make significant reductions in the use of other resources, including water. Anheuser-Busch has reduced water use by nearly 37 percent since 2000.
“At Anheuser-Busch, we believe every one of us has a role to play in improving and protecting the environment,” said Kraemer. “It’s all part of our efforts to be ‘The Best Beer Company in a Better World.’”
Climate Leaders is an EPA industry-government partnership that works with companies to develop comprehensive climate change strategies. Partner companies commit to reducing their impact on the global environment by completing a corporate-wide inventory of their greenhouse gas emissions based on a quality management system, setting aggressive reduction goals, and annually reporting their progress to EPA. Through program participation, companies create a credible record of their accomplishments and receive EPA recognition as corporate environmental leaders.
Based in St. Louis, Anheuser-Busch is the leading American brewer, holding a 49.2 percent share of U.S. beer sales. The company brews the world’s largest-selling beers, Budweiser and Bud Light. Anheuser-Busch also owns a 50 percent share in Grupo Modelo, Mexico’s leading brewer. Anheuser-Busch ranked No. 1 among beverage companies in FORTUNE Magazine’s Most Admired Global Companies list in 2009. Anheuser-Busch is a major manufacturer of aluminum cans and one of the world’s largest recyclers of aluminum cans. The company is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Anheuser-Busch InBev, the leading global brewer, and continues to operate under the Anheuser-Busch name and logo. For more information, visit www.anheuser-busch.com.
Note: The equivalent of one out of every six beers brewed by Anheuser-Busch are figures derived from taking the company’s U.S. beer production in Oct. 2009, converting it to equivalent 12-ounce servings and multiplying the figure by the percentage of renewable fuel used by the company.