Molson Coors Became a 100% Renewable Energy Brewer

Molson Coors Beverage Company has become the first major U.K. brewer to operate by renewable energy. The brewery has signed a power purchase agreement with RWE, a leading renewable energy company. RW operations with energy generated from the Tween Bridge wind farm in South Yorkshire.

The 10-year agreement means each of the more than 1 billion pints Molson Coors produces in the U.K. in an average year will be made with 100% renewable energy. The 22 Tween Bridge turbines will power Molson Coors’ brewing operations in Burton, Tadcaster, and Sharps in Cornwall. As well as its corporate offices, national distribution center and national call center in Cardiff. RWE will provide Molson Coors with about 75-gigawatt hours of renewable energy a year. Molson Coors consumes the same amount of electricity as about 25,000 households.

“One of our values at Molson Coors is taking accountability. That includes being responsible for the impact our business has on the environment. That’s why we’ve made such bold commitments to play our part in tackling climate change. Because it is the right thing to do.” says Fraser Thomson, Molson Coors’ operations director for Western Europe.

“We know that this matters to our people, our customers, and consumers. They can now be assured that everything we do, and every pint we make, is powered by 100% green electricity,” Thomson says.

Molson Coors’ global sustainability effort is reducing carbon emissions by 50% by 2025. In line with the goals set out by the Paris Climate Agreement, which aims to keep global temperatures from rising more than 1.5 degrees Celsius.
With the RWE partnership, Molson Coors’ U.K. operations are on track to achieve that goal four years early.

The brewer has made progress in other parts of its sustainability plan:

  • Across the company, Molson Coors’ packaging is now 99% reusable or recyclable.
  • It recently launched a pilot test in the U.K. where it packaged its Staropramen brand in bottles made of 100% recycled material.
  • The company invested around $10.5 million (£7.5 million) to remove single-use plastic from its Carling and Coors packaging.
  • Molson Coors is removing the plastic rings from its Carling and Coors cans. Replacing them with recyclable enclosed cardboard sleeves. Last year it removed the plastic film wrap from its large multipacks.

The company also has made strides to reduce its water use. In the U.S., for instance, the renovation of its massive brewery in Golden, Colo., will reduce water use by 100 million gallons.

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