LESS IS MORE
We are committed to sustainable energy use. That’s why we’ve pushed our operations to take advantage of alternative forms of energy for our breweries, logistics fleets and at the wholesale level. Since 2008, we’ve been able to reduce our energy use by more the 25 percent. Today, more than 11 percent of our energy is generated from renewable resources. And that’s just the beginning.
Here are some examples of how our state-of-the-art breweries are sourcing energy in innovative ways:
Bio-Energy Recovery Systems (BERS)
Anheuser-Busch is the world’s largest operator of BERS, a method of turning the nutrients in wastewater from the brewing process into renewable biogas. Used at ten of our U.S. breweries, this process is responsible for generating approximately 8 percent of our fuel needs. Our communities also benefit from our use of BERS technology because it lowers the electricity demand on community wastewater treatment facilities by reducing organic material in the leftover water. Substituting biogas for fossil fuels also reduces brewery emissions of carbon dioxide and reduces other air pollutants that would result from community wastewater treatment facilities.
This alternative fuel option reduces the use of fossil fuels. That’s why more than 60 percent of our Houston, TX brewery’s steam requirements are supplied by capturing the biogas emitted from decomposing materials at area landfills.
Solar and Wind Power
Solar arrays are located at our Newark, N.J., Fairfield, CA, and Cartersville, GA breweries as well as installations at our Eagle Packaging plant and our corporate offices in St. Louis. At peak production, the arrays provide 2.7 MW of electricity. The renewable energy from these arrays is sold to third parties.
Note: In 2014, we commissioned a second wind turbine for our Fairfield, CA brewery. With the additional turbine online, the Fairfield brewery has the ability to produce more energy that it consumes, and exports the extra power back to the electrical grid.
Located near the Jacksonville, FL and Fort Collins, CO breweries, Anheuser-Busch’s Nutri-Turf farms apply nutrient-rich leftover water from the brewing process to help grow crops.
We utilize our logistics planning systems to completely fill out each load to the legal limit, partner with over 30 other companies to share empty trailer space and eliminate empty miles, and constantly look to engineer solutions to service customer demand with the fewest miles possible.
To reduce greenhouse gas emissions, our Houston brewery converted their entire fleet to 23% cleaner-burning Compressed Natural Gas engines. We have tripled the use of intermodal transportation over the past four years and recently added capabilities into the St. Louis brewery to ship train cars full of beer eliminating the need for up to four trucks per rail car shipped.