We all know high quality water is crucial to sustaining life. For Molson Coors, it’s also the most essential ingredient in our product and plays a starring role at almost every point of our production chain. That’s why we’re committed to leading water stewardship by protecting watersheds and exploring more ways to make the most of every drop. To achieve this, our water strategy is focused on working with farmers, NGOs and local municipalities to:
- Improve water efficiency and manage wastewater in our breweries
- Lead water conservation, improve soil health and biodiversity, and advance water restoration efforts in our brewery watersheds
- Reduce water use in our agricultural supply chain
Water is involved in just about every part of the beer manufacturing process. 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 behavior on water, reducing risk across the enterprise. That’s why, by 2025, we’re aiming to improve water-use efficiency in our breweries by 22% to achieve a 2.8 hl/hl water-to-beer ratio.
We are also committed to investing in wastewater treatment facilities and generating clean energy from this waste stream. This anaerobic digestion technology allows us to treat our wastewater to a high quality and generate biogas that can be used to produce heat or electricity needed in our breweries. Currently, we operate anaerobic digestion facilities at 13 breweries, and we recover biogas for generating process heat in eight of them.
To protect and enhance the watersheds our operations use, we’re working to improve the quantity of water in the regions that we operate while also improving water quality for our communities. We aim to restore water to watersheds and carry out environmental improvements through collaborative partnerships, focusing on three key categories of water risk – quantity, quality and regulatory. Towards 2025, we hope to continue strengthening our partnerships and are looking to collaborate even further on safeguarding the valuable resources in our high-risk watersheds where our breweries are located.
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, but it also helps us to find solutions that ultimately help us meet our own goals.