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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.
  • 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.

Energy

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

Waste

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Environmental Stewardship

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Our Performance

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Water Partnerships

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