While some vendors in the foodservice are able to incorporate “green” changes into their menus and/or marketing campaign (think organic, local foods and the like), others receive less notoriety for sustainable policies that encourage behind the scenes changes, away from public view.

Fans of good beer are familiar with the name Anheuser-Busch. Better known as InBev, Anheuser-Busch is the the world’s largest brewer, selling over 200 beer brands around the world including flagship brands like Stella Artois, Brahma, Beck’s, Corona and Leffe. Since 2009, the company has worked hard to lessen the amount of both energy and water used within its operations, contributing to a grandiose reduction of its overall carbon footprint; take a look!

Energy-efficient achievements to date

According to the InBev website, the company has made headway in a number of directions, including improving their efficiency efforts in various areas. As testament to their commitment to sustainable changes in their company, last year InBev managed to decrease energy use per hectoliter in facilities world-wide by 12%, surpassing the company’s sustainability target of a 10% reduction.

Earlier this year in March, Market Watch reports that InBev achieved its 3-year global environmental goals on water, energy, carbon emissions and recycling for beer and soft drink operations. In addition to reaching its goal of using 3.5 hectolitres of water per hectoliter of production (representing an 18.6% reduction in water usage across global operations) the company also reduced carbon emissions by 15.7%, and increased their recycling rate to 99.2% for solid waste and by-products.

According to Environmental Leader, thanks to their “green” efforts, the company was able to save approximately $92 million on water and energy costs. InBev also found a return on large-scale investment projects like finding uses for recyclable materials which brought in $420 million in revenue.

InBev creates new goals to reduce carbon footprint

Building on a solid foundation of sustainable practices, Anheuser-Busch InBev has now laid out seven new goals which address the company’s environmental policies across 24 countries, to be met by 2017.

According to Food Bev, these goals include: reducing water risks and improving water management in 100% of key barley growing regions; engaging in wastershed protection measures at every facility located in Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, China, Mexico, Peru and the US; reducing global water usage to 3.2 hectolitres of water per hectolitre of production; reducing global greenhouse gas emissions per hectolitre of production by 10%; reducing global energy usage per hectolitre of production by 10%; reducing packaging materials by 100,000 tonnes; and reaching a 70% global average of eco-friendly cooler purchases on an annual basis.

In a quote on Green Retail Decisions, Carlos Britos, CEO of Anheuser-Busch InBev says: “Our approach recognizes that there isn’t a one-size-fits-all solution to improve sustainability. The key will be to leverage the experience and expertise of our colleagues globally, foster a collective approach through partnerships with local stakeholders, and continue to scale best practices across our company.”

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