We rely on natural resources and high-quality ingredients to brew our great beers. In return, we have a responsibility to protect those resources and ensure their availability for generations to come.
Our environmental stewardship strategy strives to reduce environmental impacts at every stage of the brewing process while creating positive value for us and our stakeholders. We focus on three main areas:
Three-pronged restore approach as outlined below
- Reducing water use in our breweries and agricultural supply chain and restoring water in stressed watersheds;
- Reducing our carbon footprint across our value chain; and
- Eliminating waste at all major manufacturing facilities.
Pledge to Conserve
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PLEDGE TO CONSERVE
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2020 Goal: Reduce our Water-to-Beer Ratio
We have continued to make water efficiency improvements in our breweries and invested in new water projects that reduce the amount of water required in our brewing process. Our goal is to reduce our average water-to-beer ratio across all major breweries to 3.0:1.0 by 2020. In 2015, MillerCoors reduced our water usage by 128.8 million gallons across our breweries, achieving an average water-to-beer ratio of 3.29:1.0, a 2.1 percent reduction compared to 2014.
To learn more about what our breweries are doing to reduce our water usage, please visit the Water Stewardship section.
2020 Goal: Restore Water in Water-stressed Watersheds
We define “restore” as the amount of water returned to natural sources through initiatives in the water-stressed watersheds such as:
• Landowner water conservation projects, including wetlands, filter strips, cover crops and planting native vegetation
• Agricultural improvements that reduce the need for supplemental irrigation; and
• Forest management to protect natural water filtration systems and reduce soil erosion.
Our strategy centers around our 2020 goal to restore a volume of water equal to the final product volume produced at our breweries and cidery located in water-stressed watersheds: Fort Worth, Golden and Irwindale Breweries, Saint Archer Brewing Co. and Crispin Cider Co. In 2015, MillerCoors restored approximately 138 million gallons per year representing 19.47 percent of the production volume percent of the total volume produced at our breweries and cidery located in Texas, California and Colorado.
To learn more about the projects that are directly contributing to the sustainability of the local water resource in water-stressed watersheds, please visit the Water Stewardship section.
2020 Goal: Embed Sustainability in our Agricultural Supply Chain
Because more than 90 percent of our water footprint occurs in our agricultural supply chain, we focus significant energy and resources in this area. By 2020, we aim to expand our sustainability programs to manage and reduce agricultural resource risks, including water risks, in 100 percent of our key barley-growing regions. In 2015, we launched a Grower Portal, a digital platform for information and data sharing amongst all our growers, and expanded agricultural water conservation projects in Colorado and Idaho. We also commissioned our second water risk assessment of our key barley growing regions. We look forward to report our assessment results in our 2017 Sustainability Report.
To learn more about our water efficiency programs with our barley and hops growers, please visit the Water Stewardship section.
2020 Goal: Reduce our Carbon Footprint
We assessed the carbon footprint of our entire value chain, including greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from our breweries, as well as emissions from upstream and downstream activities. This assessment shaped our 2020 goal to reduce our value chain carbon footprint per barrel of beer by 25 percent (from a baseline of 2010). By the end of 2015, MillerCoors reduced GHG emissions across our value chain by 18 percent since 2010—a 4.9 percent decrease from 2014.
To learn more about the work that we're doing to reduce our energy consumption and carbon footprint, please visit the Energy & Carbon section.
2020 Goal: Achieve Landfill-free at Major Manufacturing Facilities
In 2015, we achieved landfill-free status at eight major breweries and two major manufacturing facilities, which brings us closer to achieving our 2020 goal of reaching landfill-free operations at all of our major manufacturing facilities.
MillerCoors defines major manufacturing facilities as those with 75 or more employees. When the number of employees at our other manufacturing facilities reaches 75 or more, these facilities will be added to the scope of this goal.
MillerCoors defines landfill-free as regulated and non-routine waste amounting to less than 1 percent by weight of the total waste generated. We currently reuse or recycle 99.99 percent of our brewery waste, including protein-rich residual brewer’s grain and spent yeast, glass cullet, aluminum, plastic, wood and other materials. We turn waste into energy, compost and soil conditioner or we send the byproducts to companies that use them for other beneficial purposes. Since 2009, we have reduced waste sent to landfill by 4,581 tons.
To learn more about how we are actively working toward reducing the amount of waste we produce, please visit the Waste Reduction section.