Greenhouse Gas Emissions
Goal: Reduce CO2e per hectoliter of beer sold by 25% by 2015.
The Earth’s climate is changing, and almost all scientists agree that we humans are the main cause. The natural resources that make our lives and businesses possible (water, soil, plants) are all held in a delicate balance, one that is in our best interest to maintain. These changes to the climate are due to increased levels of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. These gases used to be tucked underground in the form of fossil fuels. Through unearthing oil and gas to power our cars, heat our homes, and manufacture all the things we enjoy each day (including beer), they are now in the atmosphere where they hold heat.
Contributing to Climate Change Means Being Accountable
We’re trying to get a better idea of where we are releasing GHGs at our brewery, and in what quantities, so we can find opportunities to decrease the emissions. By following globally accepted guidelines (WRI’s GHG Protocol and BIER’s Beverage Sector Guidance) for our GHG Accounting, we have estimates for the total emissions associated with making and delivering our beer. The two graphics below illustrate what our emission quantities are per HL of beer, and where our emissions are coming from.