Energy & Carbon
We recognize the link between how much energy we use and how much carbon we emit into the atmosphere, and we are making significant strides in reducing our energy consumption and carbon footprint.
We assess the carbon footprint of our entire value chain, including greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from our breweries, as well as emissions from upstream activities such as growing barley and hops, malting and sugar processing, and downstream activities such as the manufacturing of our packaging, distribution to retailers, and recycling or disposal of empty bottles and cans at end of life.
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In 2015, MillerCoors consumed 115 megajoules (MJ) of energy per hectoliter (hl) of beer brewed, a 4.7 percent reduction from 2014. Our breweries have made significant strides to increase energy efficiency in the past year:
- The Shenandoah Brewery set a new MillerCoors annual record, using only 93 MJ/hl.
- The Irwindale Brewery reduced its energy use to 100 MJ/hl, a 3.2 percent reduction over 2014.
- The Albany Brewery achieved the largest year-over-year reduction of all our major breweries, decreasing energy use by 12 percent compared to 2014.
We also reduced our total GHG emissions by 22 percent compared to 2010—a 5 percent decrease from 2014. We will continue to look for ways to decrease our energy consumption and get us closer to our 2020 goal to reduce our value chain carbon footprint per barrel of beer by 25 percent, compared to 2010.
Solar Array Installation in Irwindale
In 2015, the Irwindale Brewery went live with a 3.2 megawatt direct current solar photovoltaic array. Installed across more than 10 acres of brewery land, the 10,620 solar PV panels generate enough electricity to brew more than 7 million cases of beer annually. This is the largest solar PV array installed at any U.S. brewery.
Transition from Coal-fired to Natural Gas Broilers
Converting our breweries from coal-fired to natural gas boilers played a major role in the reduction of our carbon footprint in 2015. Our Albany, Trenton and Golden Breweries have all completed the conversion to natural gas boilers and are in the final stages of consuming residual coal inventories. We reduced our total emissions by approximately 91,333 MT CO2e by switching from coal to natural gas.