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Lion aims to be carbon neutral by 2020

Beverage company Lion has joined 83 other businesses in committing to reach a carbon neutral status in 2020.

The brewer will implement a carbon reduction program with certified carbon credits to reduce its footprint.

The company made the announced as part of the relaunch of Climate Active – the Australian Government’s carbon neutral certification.

“Since setting a target to reduce our carbon footprint by 30 per cent by 2025 from its 2015 baseline – Lion has established a ‘whole brewery’ carbon reduction approach across its portfolio, including energy efficiency, biogas utilisation, rooftop solar, renewable energy power purchase agreements through to providing brewers grain to reduce livestock emissions,” CEO of Lion Stuart Irvine said.

The brewer has already reduced its absolute carbon footprint by 13 per cent.

“Now, we are taking our commitment to climate action to the next level. Next year, by resetting our emissions to neutral – and maintaining them at that level – we are sending a powerful signal to our people, supply chain, and of course our consumers that we are deepening our collective
responsibility to measure, manage and reduce Lion’s emissions of our offices and manufacturing sites,” added Irvine.

Climate Active director Daniel Sheedy said businesses can help drive change by undertaking Climate Active certification, “signalling a commitment to an environmentally-sustainable future to consumers”.

Lion also plans to explore options in the next three years for product certification through collaboration with supply chain including ingredients, packaging and transport.

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