From: Paul Geary, ENN
Published May 18, 2005 12:00 AM

Anheuser-Busch Issues Annual Environmental Report

Anheuser-Busch, the larger beer brewer in the United States, has issued its 2004 Environment, Health, and Safety Report. As the name implies, the report includes the companies self-reported efforts to improve its environmental performance, and its performance in other areas of corporate citizenship.


The report's "Environmental Performance" section includes chapters on the company's efforts in the field of Energy, Bio-Energy Recovery, Water and Wastewater, Material Use and Recycling, Wastes and Emissions, Products and Services, Land Use and Biodiversity, and Environmental Compliance.


In the report, the company said that it may be a potentially responsible party at 17 waste disposal sites. According to the report, Anheuser Busch has also won 35 awards for its use of bio-recovery systems to lessen the impact of its discharges on wastewater treatment systems, which are naturally high because of the organic nature of its product.


The report gives comprehensive information about the company's use of different kinds of energy, as well as its water use and emissions. While the company's use of fuel has gone down slightly since 2000, the hazardous waste it has generated has increased about 4%.


"Anheuser-Busch seeks to continually improve its environmental performance by operating more efficiently and reducing waste and the environmental impacts of its products," said John Stier, Anheuser-Busch's director of environmental affairs. "As this report shows, we are on target to meet or exceed our goals."


Also, each year the company honors the "Budweiser Conservationist of the Year." The winner gets a $50,000 grant from Budweiser and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) to be donated to the conservation groups and projects of his or her choosing. This year Bill Crawford of Frederick, Oklahoma won the award. Crawford spearheaded the Hackberry Flat Wetland Restoration Project that acquired and restored a 7,800-acre national wetland basin.


Anheuser-Busch is the largest brewer in the US, with revenues of nearly $15 billion in 2004 and a profit of more than $2 billion. The company trades on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol "BUD." It is also is one of the largest theme park operators in the United States, is a major manufacturer of aluminum cans and is the world’s largest recycler of aluminum beverage containers.


Source: Anheuser-Busch, Hoover's


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