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Water

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A commitment to good water stewardship and ensuring water as a sustainable resource is part of Molson Coors’ heritage and future. The quality of our beer is directly tied to the quality of the water we use to produce it, and the sustainability of our business depends on a secure supply of high quality water. For this reason, protecting the water resources in our communities is a central part of Our Beer Print. In setting our 2020 water targets, we have taken a risk based approach to ensure that we are focusing on the right elements of water for our business and the watersheds in which we operate. Each of our breweries undertakes detailed watershed risk assessment and also completes our water risk index. This approach has allowed us to set targets that focus resources to drive the right behaviour on water, reducing risk across the enterprise. Our 2020 ambitions are to:

  • Reduce water intensity by 15% in all brewery operations (relative to our 2011 baseline).
  • Achieve world-class water efficiency in breweries exposed to a risk to the security of supply.

Additionally we have 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 that can be used in our breweries to make our beers. 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.

What is world class?
Global brewing benchmark studies indicate world class water intensity as being between 3.0 to 1 and 3.5 to 1 (ratio of water use to 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.
  • Water Conservation Efforts
    In 2014 Molson Coors focused on executing our Enterprise Sustainability Strategy. This resulted in concrete action on water conservation and risk mitigation in two main areas:

    1. Delivered on our commitment to invest in waste water to energy projects. In 2014, Molson Coors commissioned a new anaerobic digestion (AD) waste water treatment plant in our brewery in Haskovo, Bulgaria and started construction on two other AD treatment plants in Apatin, Serbia and Trebjesa, Montenegro respectively. The two plants were commissioned in the first quarter of 2015, bringing the total to seven breweries operating with this technology. The investment of $11.8 million in these three projects represents a real commitment to delivering the environmental and business benefits we set out to achieve in our Strategy.

    2. The implementation of the Our Beer Print Pillar. The Pillar is part of our World Class Supply Chain continuous improvement program, and which acts as a robust energy, water, Carbon and waste management system is expected to deliver important water savings and risk reduction through better planning, process control and risk management. In 2014, we implemented the Our Beer Print Pillar in all of our breweries. In so doing we trained our production sites on good water management practice, established plans to align each one with the requirements of the system, and audited them against the standard. This has resulted in the following improvements:
    - Better water savings planning to secure resources for projects;
    - A deeper engagement of our employees on the importance of minimizing water use;
    - Enhanced ability to develop meaningful water conservation targets and track progress; and
    - A greater understanding on behalf of each brewery of the local water-related risks.
  • Watershed Risk Assessments and Index
    Each of our breweries is in a unique water situation based on location, physical attributes, local, national government structure and other users in the community. Across our network we have sites that are supplied by municipal water sources while others source from surface or ground water. We have a number of breweries that have their own waste water treatment and others that utilize municipal treatment works. This variety means we need a flexible system to monitor and respond to changes in water risk and impact over the short and long term.

    We invest significantly in capturing the best data on each of the watersheds we operate in, with the objective of understanding our risks, impacts and opportunities. To date, we have utilized a number of strategies which have helped us to become more sophisticated in understanding what data and metrics are helpful to our business. In addition to using publically available tools (including World Business Council for Sustainability Development (WBCSD) water tool and World Resource Institute (WRI) Aqueduct, we engaged third party experts to complete watershed risk assessments for each of our breweries. The scope of these studies covers: current water availability, quality and waste water issues local to the brewery and in the wider watershed, future challenges and pressures, legislation risks and stakeholder conflicts.

    We also use our Water Risk Index to consolidate water risk information for each brewery. This tool takes a detailed look at water use, costs, sourcing, supply, regulation and governance, allowing us to identify and address potential concerns and where best to invest in mitigation efforts.
  • Working with our Communities and Stakeholders
    We believe that working with others on water stewardship is critical. Not only does it allow us to gain a greater understanding of water in the communities we operate in, it also helps us to find solutions that ultimately help us meet our own goals. We work with others in a number of ways.

    CEO Water Mandate
    Molson Coors is a signatory of the UN CEO Water Mandate which we signed in 2008. See our Communication on Progress here.

    Beverage Industry Environmental Roundtable (BIER)
    Beverage Industry Environmental Roundtable (BIER) is a technical coalition of leading global beverage companies working together to advance environmental sustainability within the beverage sector. Molson Coors participate in BIERs technical working groups as well as bench marking studies.

    Local Communities
    We also reach out to the communities who share our watersheds. Where we have identified higher risk sites we have a more formal outreach in place. In a number of our breweries we have been instrumental in creating community forums to protect local watersheds, some of which have been active for many years. Learn more about our community engagement in the UK, US, Canada and India in our detailed Case Studies.
  • Water in Our Supply Chain
    Water isn’t just important in our breweries, its vital throughout our supply chain, from growing barley, manufacturing our packaging materials, even washing glasses in the pub!

    In fact water footprint analysis indicates that 98% of our Water Footprint is in our supply chain. That is why we work to extend our responsibility standards to our growers and suppliers. In 2009, and revised in early 2012, we published Our Standards for Suppliers which extend our corporate responsibility practices to our complex supply chain, challenging our suppliers to set similar commitments to reduce their impact, particularly with regard to water.

    Similarly to our own operations, we need to prioritize supplier engagement based on water risk or opportunities. Here are two examples of how we are working with suppliers to improve water stewardship:

    • Supplier Score Card: A number of sustainability criteria are now integrated into our supplier score card process. Along with other key indicators (such as quality) we are tracking the energy, carbon and water savings our suppliers are delivering on the goods and services we purchase.

    • Molson Coors Growers Group: In the UK we have direct links to our barley growers. We have worked with LEAF (Linking Environment and Farming) to develop the LEAF Water Management Tool to enable any LEAF partner to develop their own water management techniques. Following feedback from our growers we simplified this approach to create ‘Simply Sustainable Water’ alongside LEAF and our customer ASDA.

Energy

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

Waste

Reduce, reuse, and recycle.

Packaging

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

Partnerships

Working with global partners, our impact is greater.

Case Studies

Read our stories to see our responsibility in action.

Environmental Stewardship

The environment is a key ingredient to our success. Read how we’re taking care of it.

Our Performance

See our progress towards more sustainable water use.

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Water Partnerships

Working with global partners, our impact is greater.

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