Through our materiality assessment process we identify the most important environmental issues to our business. These issues cover both availability of resources that we rely on to make our products, and the impact we have on the environment though generating waste streams and emissions. In our most recent Stakeholder Review, conducted in 2014, water was again identified as a top material issue; see full details in Stakeholder Engagement. Our top three material environmental issues:
- Water Risk
- Energy and Carbon
- Packaging and Waste
Our 2020 Sustainability Strategy was developed in response to the environmental issues we have found to be most material to our business. The Strategy lays out ambitious targets for improvement and integrates how we manage energy, carbon emissions, water, waste water and solid waste.
The cornerstone of the strategy is a commitment to invest in waste water treatment that will allow us to generate clean energy from the waste water our breweries produce. The use of anaerobic digestion waste water treatment technology allows us to treat our waste water to a high quality and generate biogas that can be used to produce heat or electricity. The energy can then be used to power our breweries. This approach will mean we protect the watersheds we operate in, alleviate the impact of our operations on municipal water treatment resources, reduce our reliance on fossil fuels, and reduce our carbon emissions.