MillerCoors Hits Waste Goals 5 Years Early
June 30, 2010 — MillerCoors, a leader in brewing industry sustainability practices, released its 2010 Sustainable Development report yesterday in which the company announced that it had exceeded its 2015 waste reduction goals 5 years early, and has achieved "zero waste" at two of its brewing facilities.
The report, titled "Great Beer, Great Responsibility" outlines the company's 2009 sustainability performance in their 5 areas of focus: Alcohol Responsibility, Environmental Sustainability, Sustainable Supply Chain, People and Communities, and Ethics and Transparency. In the past year the brewer has eliminated 20 percent of waste sent to landfill, and achieved Zero waste to landfill at its Trenton, Ohio and Elkton, Va. Breweries.
Some other highlights of the report include:
* Reduced total energy consumption by 3.6 percent, lowered greenhouse gas emissions by 1.2 percent and renewed its commitment to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Climate Leaders program, pledging to reduce corporate-wide greenhouse gas emissions eight percent by 2015.
* Completed the largest installation of membrane bioreactor technology in the U.S. at its Elkton, Va. brewery.
* Reduced packaging materials by an estimated 11 million pounds in Coors Light and Coors Banquet secondary packaging.
* Began engineering at its Elkton, Va. brewery to reuse biogas from its anaerobic wastewater treatment system for generating electrical power, which the company currently does at two of its four anaerobic wastewater treatment systems.
* Recorded a world-class ratio of 3.40 barrels of water for every barrel of beer at its Ft. Worth, Texas brewery.