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  • We actively promote the responsible enjoyment of our brands.
  • The environment is a key ingredient to our success. Read how we're taking care of it.
  • We care about people both on our payroll and off.
  • We work with our suppliers and vendors to assure responsibility throughout the supply chain.

Environmental Stewardship

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At Molson Coors we have an ambition to be first choice for consumers and customers, we believe we will achieve this by doing business the right way; one way we do this is though our strategic commitment to improve Our Beer Print. Improving Our Beer Print by protecting our environment is critical to maintaining the trust of our customers and consumers and therefore our long-term sustainability as a business.

So how do we improve Our Beer Print?

  1. We first ask our consumers and community stakeholders what is important to them and focus our efforts accordingly. 
  2. We evaluate the risks associated with our resource use and waste generation and take action to mitigate these risks.
  3. We set ambitious long term targets on our most material issues.
  4. We continuously work towards achieving our targets and have rigorous internal governance to ensure we stay on track.
  5. We engage our suppliers in managing risk and improving their resource intensity with the objective of minimizing the impact of our entire supply chain on the environment.

  • 2020 Sustainability Strategy

    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. 

  • Our Targets


    • Improve water efficiency by 15% by 2020. 
    • Breweries in water stressed areas will achieve world class water use efficiency. 

    What is world class?
    Global brewing benchmark studies indicate world class water intensity as being between 3.0 and 3.5 pints of water to make 1 pint of beer, depending on the complexity of the brewery’s product mix. We undertake bench marking of water and energy efficiency performance each year though The Beverage Industry Environmental Round Table. See Our Performance for full details.

    Energy and Carbon

    • Improve energy efficiency by 25% by 2020
    • Reduce carbon intensity by 15% by 2020

    Our energy efficiency and carbon intensity targets are complementary and are designed to both reduce the overall energy footprint of our operations and incentivize the use of cleaner fuels and alternative renewable energy sources. The 10% difference between the two objectives is due to the very low relative carbon intensity of our energy consumption in Canada (where electricity is largely generated by hydro power), while the largest opportunity for energy saving also lie within our Canadian operations. See Our Performance for full details.


    • Send zero waste to landfill by 2020

    Currently we dispose of 16% of our solid waste streams to landfill. We are already some way along the road to meet our target; our three main UK breweries have been landfill-free since December 2012. See Our Performance for full details.


    • Reduce the weight of packaging sold by 10% by 2020 per unit of production

    The target excludes our on-trade keg packaging, which are in a reusable format. See Our Performance for full details.
  • Global Systems and Management
    Our Quality, Food Safety, Environmental, Health and Safety Policy (QEHS Policy) outlines our commitment to control the risks associated with the safety of our people and communities, manage our impact on the environment and ensure our products are safe and of the highest quality. It is reviewed regularly and updated based on best practice and issues that are material to our business In 2015 our QEHS Policy was expanded in scope to encompass the broader life cycle impacts of our products and this year we have added our commitment to be first choice for customers and consumers. The policy is approved by the Chief Executive Officer and the Chief Supply Chain Officer and is distributed to all facilities. The policy applies to our direct operations, is practiced by all employees and promoted with our partners, contractors, and suppliers. It is available to all employees on the company intranet portal and is displayed in key communication areas across our sites.

    We have a global environmental management system that ensures we deliver the commitments laid out in our QEHS Policy and support our business to reach our 2020 sustainability goals. The EHS pillar and Our Beer Print (OBP) Pillar are part of our World Class Supply Chain continuous improvement programme. The EHS pillar covers Environmental Compliance while the Our Beer Print Pillar covers energy, water, waste management and longer term environmental sustainability risk and opportunity. The pillars and management system are modelled on global best practice and international standards explicitly ISO14001 and ISO50001. Responsibility for the policy and management system is held at the highest level by both the CEO and Chief Supply Chain Officer.

    Each year we audit every brewery and large distribution centre against our Global EHS and OBP Pillar Standards using internal experts who are all qualified to ISO lead auditor status. This rigorous audit program ensures consistency of approach to environmental risk management is maintained at the highest level throughout all our operations worldwide.

    We do not seek external EMS accreditation for our sites. The rationale is simple, our results tell us that external accreditation in and of itself does not drive performance improvement. Our internal audit processes are extremely rigorous, and whilst they align to ISO 14001 on a technical level, they are more prescriptive. Our results are proof, we have seen environmental incident performance improve dramatically since 2012 (50% ahead of a 10% reduction target in 2013 and 21% ahead of a 20% improvement target in 2014). Our sites remain fully compliant with their IPPC permits due to the strength of our internal environmental management system.

  • Environmental Compliance

    We take any incident that impacts on the environment very seriously and ensure they are fully investigated to prevent reoccurrence.

    • In 2015, we had no violations* of an environmental law or regulation. 
    • 7 incidents met our internal criteria for a significant or critical environmental incident. Our internal definitions exceed the legal reporting requirements in our areas of operation but we feel it gives us a clearer understanding of our issues. 
    • This result was a 63% improvement from 2014.

    In March 2016 Molson Coors received a fine and paid costs for contribution to contamination of a water culvert close to our former Alton Brewery (which was closed in May 2015). We feel it appropriate to disclose this incident alongside our 2015 results for additional transparency.

    At Molson Coors we are serious about our commitment to environmental compliance and we have a long and respectful history of maintaining the water course around the Alton brewery site. We regret this isolated incident occurred. We wholly respect the Magistrates’ decision and recognise this matter is now closed. Molson Coors acknowledges it was a contributor to an already existing problem and we will continue to watch with interest as the Environment Agency pursues its investigation into other third parties’ involvement in this case.

    Each of these events has been fully investigated and actions taken to prevent reoccurrence. We continue to invest significant resources against environmental risk improvement projects, primarily though not exclusively in the area of waste water risk management.

    Environmental Compliance Trends and Breakdown by Region

    Molson Coors Health and Safety Trends 

    2013 2014 2015

    Environmental Violations Number of violations of legal obligations/regulations*

    0.0 0.0 0.0
    Environmental Incidents
    19.0 19.0 7.0

    Molson Coors Health and Safety by Region in 2015

     Global MC Europe
    MC Canada
    MC Int'l

    Environmental Violations Number of violations of legal obligations/regulations*

    0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
    Amount of fines/penalties related to the above.
    0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
    Environmental Incidents
    7.0 3.0 4.0 0.0

    *Violation: We use the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) definition of a violation, i.e. A violation occurs when an authorized body (e.g., governmental body, independent commercial or non-commercial regulator, etc.) determines that a law, regulation, code, etc. related to environmental or ecological issues has been breached, and the fine or penalty is over $10,000.
  • Data Assurance

    For the seventh year we have had our environmental data verified by an independent third party. This year's assurance was performed against ISAE 3000, the internationally recognized standard. As part of the assurance the EMS in each region was reviewed. See Our Assurance section for more details and for the 2015 Assurance Statement.


Water is part of our heritage and future. Read more about our commitment to it here.

Energy & Carbon

Reducing our use, reducing our costs. See how we’re doing here.


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Doing more with less. See how we’re doing it here.


Working with global partners, our impact is greater.

Case Studies

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Our Targets

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Human Perspectives on the Global Water Crisis PDF


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