Anheuser-Busch InBev achieves global three-year environmental targets Back to news

6th March 2013
  • Anheuser-Busch InBev reached a global water usage level of 3.5 hectoliters of water per hectoliter of production, an 18.6% reduction since 2009
  • It also reduced energy use per hectoliter worldwide by 12% and carbon emissions by 15.7%
  • In the UK, the company recycled 99.8% of its waste and brewing by-products

AB InBev (Euronext: ABI) (NYSE: BUD), the brewer of popular beers such as Stella Artois, Budweiser and Becks, today announced that it has achieved its three year global environmental goals on water, energy, carbon emissions and recycling . The goals are part of the company’s commitment to reduce its impact on the environment and be the Best Beer Company in a Better World.

The targets were achieved through an approach that combined a mix of operational changes, technological solutions, partnerships and a sustainability-focused mindset, underscored by the strong teamwork of 118,000 employees around the world. In total, the goals involved 130 breweries and soft drinks facilities across more than 20 countries.

Operations in the UK achieved the following results in 2012:

  • Recycled 99.8% of all waste and brewing by-products
  • Reduced water usage per hectoliter by 13%, a 19% improvement compared to 2009
  • Reduced energy consumption per hectoliter by 10%. Operations have reduced fuel use by 22% compared to 2009
  • Cut CO2 emissions per hectoliter of production by16%, a 25% improvement compared to 2009

Inge Plochaet, AB InBev’s UK and Ireland President, commented:

“I’m delighted to see the results of the hard work that the teams at our UK breweries have put in over the past three years.  Protecting and promoting the environment is a fundamental part of our dream to be the Best Beer Company in a Better World.

“We will continue to work hard to build on these excellent results.”

The introduction in 2012 of 11% lighter Beck’s and Beck’s Blue bottles contributed to the achievement of the UK goals. The new bottles are estimated to have saved 2,642 tonnes of glass and 1,940 tonnes of CO2 this year.

AB InBev UK helped AB InBev achieve the following worldwide against a 2009 baseline:

  • Reach its three-year goal of using 3.5 hectoliters of water per hectoliter of production. This represents an 18.6% reduction in water usage across #ABInBev’s global operations against a 2009 baseline. This is equivalent to the amount of water needed to produce approximately 25 billion cans of AB InBev products, which is about 20% of one year’s production.[1]
  • Decrease energy use per hectoliter in breweries and soft drink facilities worldwide by 12%. This result surpasses AB InBev’s #sustainability target of a 10% reduction.
  • Reduce carbon emissions by 15.7%, surpassing its original three-year target of reducing emissions by 10%.
  • Increase its recycling rate to 99.2% for solid waste and by-products, surpoassing its original three-year target of achieving a 99% recycling rate.

AB InBev will be announcing a new set of global environmental goals later this year, pending review of this initial three-year cycle and consultation with stakeholders.

Learn more about #ABInBev’s #sustainability initiatives and #BetterWorld work at

[1] The cans of beer equivalency was calculated by totaling the three-year water savings, which equaled 312,330,230 hectoliters, or 87.9 billion 355-mL cans. That number was then divided by the company’s current usage rate of 3.5 hectoliters of water per hectoliter of production, which equaled 25 billion cans of product saved.

About Anheuser-Busch InBev

Anheuser-Busch InBev is a publicly traded company (Euronext: ABI) based in Leuven, Belgium, with American Depositary Receipts on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: BUD).  It is the leading global brewer and one of the world’s top five consumer products companies and recognized as first in the beverage industry on FORTUNE Magazine’s “World’s Most Admired” companies list.  Beer, the original social network, has been bringing people together for thousands of years and our portfolio of well over 200 beer brands continues to forge strong connections with consumers.  We invest the majority of our brand-building resources on our Focus Brands – those with the greatest growth potential such as global brands Budweiser®, Stella Artois® and Beck’s®, alongside Leffe®, Hoegaarden®, Bud Light®, Skol®, Brahma®, Antarctica®, Quilmes®, Michelob Ultra®, Harbin®, Sedrin®, Klinskoye®, Sibirskaya Korona®, Chernigivske®, Hasseröder® and Jupiler®.  In addition, the company owns a 50 percent equity interest in the operating subsidiary of Grupo Modelo, Mexico’s leading brewer and owner of the global Corona® brand.  Anheuser-Busch InBev’s dedication to heritage and quality originates from the Den Hoorn brewery in Leuven, Belgium dating back to 1366 and the pioneering spirit of the Anheuser & Co brewery, with origins in St. Louis, USA since 1852.  Geographically diversified with a balanced exposure to developed and developing markets, Anheuser Busch InBev leverages the collective strengths of its approximately 118 000 employees based in 23 countries worldwide.  In 2012, AB InBev realized 39.8 billion US dollar revenue. The company strives to be the Best Beer Company in a Better World.  For more information, please visit:

About Better World

Through our commitment to be the Best Beer Company in a Better World, Anheuser-Busch InBev is the beer industry leader in social responsibility initiatives, ranking as the No. 1 brewer on FORTUNE Magazine’s “World’s Most Admired” companies list. Our Better World efforts focus on three pillars: promoting responsible drinking; protecting the environment; and giving back to the communities in which we live and work. Around the world, we develop and implement social responsibility programs and campaigns in partnership with parents, government officials, community organizations, retailers and others. From promoting responsible drinking messages on some of the world’s most watched television programming, to turning coconut husks into renewable energy to fuel our breweries, to volunteering in the community, Anheuser-Busch InBev and its employees are committed to making a difference.

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