NATION'S LEADING BREWER RECOGNIZED AS NATIONAL LEADER IN SUSTAINABLE ENERGY
ST. LOUIS, MO - October 10, 2018 – Anheuser-Busch today received a 2018 Green Power Leadership Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The brewer was one of only four organizations nationwide to receive an Excellence in Green Power Use Award, which recognizes EPA Green Power Partners that distinguish themselves by demonstrating leadership in procuring green power from a utility green power product, a power purchase agreement, or a renewable energy certificate (REC) product.
Anheuser-Busch was honored for its continued efforts to increase efficiency and reduce its carbon footprint. Earlier this year, the company committed to sourcing 100 percent of all purchased electricity from renewable resources by 2025 as a part of its ambitious 2025 U.S. Sustainability Goals.
“Sustainability is fundamental to the way we operate. It is not just part of our business, but it is our business,” said Ingrid De Ryck, VP of Procurement and Sustainability at Anheuser-Busch. “We strive to build a better world across all areas of our business and throughout our value chain, and are thrilled to have these efforts recognized by the EPA as part of their nationwide Green Power Leadership Awards.”
The award was presented at the annual Green Power Leadership Award ceremony, which celebrates America’s leading green power users for their commitment and contribution to advancing the nation’s voluntary renewable energy market.
Thanks to a wind energy purchase power agreement with Enel Green Power, Anheuser-Busch currently purchases enough green power to meet over 50 percent of its electricity needs annually — an amount equal to the electricity use of more than 67,000 average American homes, or more than the electricity used to brew Budweiser in the U.S. each year. The brewer ranks fifteenth on the EPA’s National Top 100 Partners list, which highlights EPA Green Power Partners using the most renewable energy annually as of July 2018.
“We are more than halfway to achieving our 2025 Goal of securing 100 percent of purchased electricity from renewable sources,” said Ms. De Ryck. “Helping to grow the renewable electricity market is not only good for the environment, it’s a strategic business move — a healthy environment is crucial to the brewing process. We’ve been a committed steward of the environment for the past 165 years and look forward to continuing to lead by example for the next 165 years and beyond.”
Anheuser-Busch is also a proud member of RE100, a group of more than one hundred of the world’s most influential companies committed to 100 percent renewable electricity, working to significantly increase demand for and use of renewable energy. To learn more about Anheuser-Busch’s sustainability work, please visit https://www.anheuser-busch.com/betterworld.html.
For more than 165 years, Anheuser-Busch has been woven into the cultural fabric of the United States, carrying on a legacy of brewing great-tasting, high-quality beers that have satisfied beer drinkers for generations. Today, we own and operate 23 breweries, 29 distributorships and 23 agricultural and packaging facilities, and have more than 18,000 colleagues across the United States. We are home to several of America’s most recognizable beer brands, including Budweiser, Bud Light, Michelob Ultra and Stella Artois, as well as a number of regional brands that provide beer drinkers with a choice of the best-tasting craft beers in the industry.
From responsible drinking programs and emergency drinking water donations to industry-leading sustainability efforts, we are guided by our unwavering commitment to supporting the communities we call home.
About EPA’s Green Power Partnership
The Green Power Partnership is a voluntary program that helps increase green power use among U.S. organizations to advance the American market for green power and development of those sources as a way to reduce air pollution and other environmental impacts associated with electricity use. The Partnership currently has more than 1,600 Partners voluntarily using more than 50 billion kilowatt-hours of green power annually. Partners include a wide variety of leading organizations such as Fortune 500® companies; small and medium sized businesses; local, state, and federal governments; and colleges and universities. For additional information, please visit www.epa.gov/greenpower.
About the Green Power Leadership Awards
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) co-sponsors the annual Green Power Leadership Awards with the Center for Resource Solutions. EPA recognizes winners in the following awards categories: Green Power Partner of the Year; Sustained Excellence in Green Power; Direct Project Engagement; Excellence in Green Power Use; and Green Power Community of the Year. This program recognizes the exceptional achievement among EPA Green Power Partners who distinguish themselves through green power procurement, market leadership, overall green power strategy, and overall impact on the green power market. The ceremony takes place at the Renewable Energy Markets Conference. This year’s 10 recipients are using more than 11.8 billion kWh of green power—enough to power almost 1.1 million average American homes for a year. For additional information please visit www.epa.gov/greenpower/green-power-leadership-awards.