New facility, opened by Jessica Morden MP, estimated to save 289 metric tonnes of CO2 – equivalent to the annual consumption of 52 UK households
1st November 2013 – AB InBev’s Magor Brewery yesterday unveiled a new storage warehouse that is estimated to remove the need for 330,000 kilometres of lorry journeys required to transfer goods between external warehouses and the brewery during 2013-14. This will save an estimated 289 metric tonnes of CO2, equivalent to the annual consumption of 52 UK households*.
The new facility, which took 18 weeks to build, will allow AB InBev UK to make a number of important changes as the company continues to reduce its impact on the environment. Measuring in at approximately the size of five football pitches, the new warehouse will help reduce the need for the brewery to use external storage sites, reducing CO2 emissions in the process.
Jessica Morden, MP for Newport East, was at the brewery to unveil the warehouse along with Tony Monteiro, Brewery Manager and members of the brewery team who worked on the project.
Speaking at the event, Tony Monteiro, Brewery Manager at AB InBev’s Magor Brewery, said:
“After months of hard work, we are delighted to open this new facility, which will bring years of environmental benefits, helping us to achieve our dream: to be the Best Beer Company in a Better World. We are proud to be a partner to our community in Magor, and this facility now contributes to our wider efforts of protecting and promoting the local environment.”
The warehouse is an important next step in Magor Brewery’s ongoing efforts to help AB InBev achieve its global environmental performance targets. Millions of pounds have been invested over several years at the brewery which has helped to improve its waste recycling rate to 99.8% and reduce CO2 emissions per hectolitre of production by 23.3%. Since the start of 2011, more than six million hectolitres of water have been saved at the brewery – enough to fill 244 Olympic sized swimming pools. The onsite Environmental Committee – a dedicated team of employees at the brewery who work hard to find new ways to be a sustainable business – has driven employee-led changes and introduced new innovations to help the brewery reduce its environmental impact.
Speaking at the unveiling Jessica Morden MP, commented:
“The brewery is an important part of the community in this area and I know how hard both management and local trade unions have worked to lower the impact on the environment. It is therefore with pride that I am cutting the ribbon on the new development as this is yet another important commitment that will further reduce the CO2 emissions. This is a project that will benefit the brewery, the staff and the wider community.”
AB InBev UK’s work to reduce water and waste was recognised with the visit of His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales to Magor Brewery in November 2011. During his visit, His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales met members of the brewery’s Environment Committee and saw how energy reduction methods have been implemented throughout the site, with a particular focus on high energy areas such as refrigeration and the packaging lines.
Magor Brewery has also adopted an ambitious energy reduction programme in order to help AB InBev UK achieve its new seven global environment goals across recycling, carbon reduction and water saving projects.
For more information on AB InBev’s global environmental goals please visit: http://www.ab-inbev.com/go/social_responsibility/environment/overview.cfm
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About Magor Brewery
Situated in South Wales, and built in 1979, Magor is AB InBev’s largest UK brewery, operating 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 363 days a year and employing approximately 350 people. Magor qualified to begin brewing Budweiser in 2010. Today, Magor has six packaging lines which can produce 2 million bottles, 1.8 million cans and 13 thousand kegs in a single day. In total the site produces more than 792 million pints every year.
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, 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®, Corona®, 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®. 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 150,000 employees based in 24 countries worldwide. In 2012, AB InBev realized 39.8 billion USD revenue. The company strives to be the Best Beer Company in a Better World. For more information, please visit: www.ab-inbev.co.uk.