Renewables and recycling
"Climate change is the most pressing issue confronting our planet. It can be solved via concerted action between governments, civic society and companies. We at ABInBev are committed to doing our part."
-- Carlos Brito, CEO
Brewing, packaging, cooling and distributing our beers all generate greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. We're reducing these emissions in our brewing and logistics operations by sourcing more renewable electricity, improving brewing efficiency, investing in green logistics programs, purchasing more efficient coolers, and using more recycled packaging. The work we’re doing now is laying the foundation for our latest goal to secure 100% of our purchased electricity from renewable sources by 2025, a commitment we’ve made as part of our recent membership in RE100, a group of businesses that all have made this pledge. This commitment will make AB InBev the largest corporate direct purchaser of renewable electricity in the consumer goods sector globally1 and will reduce the company’s operational carbon footprint by 30%.
In our own operations, driving energy efficiency is central to our approach. In 2016, we met our 2017 goal to reduce global energy usage per hectoliter of production by 10%. We have also reduced our total absolute energy usage by 10% since 2012. This makes business sense; in the same period, we saved just under 60 million USD through energy efficiency improvements.
Beginning in 2012 through to the end of 2016, we have converted 19 plants from coal to natural gas or steam. In 2016, GHG emissions per hl of production fell by 6% from the previous year to 7.54 kgCO2e/hl. Total direct and indirect GHG Emissions for the year were 4.68 million tons.
Performance chart footnotes
Our per-hectoliter goals on GHG emissions and energy pertain to our beverage facilities only and do not encompass our vertical operations such as malt plants and packaging facilities. Specific data tables contain other footnotes about environmental performance data.
Scope 1 accounts for 64% of our emissions and includes CO2 equivalent (CO2e) from fuel used in our manufacturing processes and in cogeneration plants that generate on-site electricity. Scope 2 accounts for about 36% and represents emissions from purchased electricity.
Total GHG emissions data encompass beverage facilities and most vertical operations, including malt plants and packaging facilities. Emissions arising from the combustion of biomass, biogas and landfill gas are not included in our GHG emissions, per the WBCSD/WRI protocol. Biomass and biogas are considered carbon neutral because the fuel sources served as an atmospheric carbon sink before being burned. Burning landfill gas, or methane, is considered beneficial because its combustion dramatically reduces GHGs emitted when compared to simply allowing it to enter the atmosphere unburned.
2013 reflects the rest year of the inclusion of Grupo Modelo vertical operations.
The GHG emissions data represents all beverage operations within the original scope of our 2017 goal—established in 2012, the baseline year for the per-hectoliter goals. GHG emissions data from previous years are not adjusted in the case of adjustments and acquisitions of beverage facilities, divestments have been removed from the baseline data.
Energy data above represents all beverage operations within the original scope of our 2017 goal—established in 2012. The 2015 data for total energy has been updated due to the addition of various new acquisitions and start-ups.
1Based on a comparison of current public commitments of major consumer goods companies to directly source electricity from renewable sources through direct purchasing. Excludes electricity purchased through green tariffs, contracts with grid suppliers and certificate purchases. Electricity consumption of companies taken from publicly available data.