Australian brewery Lion has become the first large-scale carbon neutral brewer in the country, following an ambitious carbon reduction program and accquisition of certified carbon credits.
Since 2015, Lion has made moves to become more eco-friendly with its ‘whole brewery’ carbon reduction approach. It implemented energy efficiency initiatives, biogas utilisation, rooftop solar, renewable energy power purchase agreements (PPAs) and provided brewers grain to reduce livestock emissions.
The company said that it has achieved a 28 per cent (approximately 30,000 tonnes) reduction in carbon footprint since 2015. Lion also plans to use 100 per cent renewable electricity to brew its beers by 2025.
“By resetting our emissions to net zero, we’re sending a strong message to our people and our supply chain that we are deepening our collective responsibility to measure, manage and reduce our emissions, and we remain fully committed to doing so, despite the challenges we are facing in our business and across the industry as a result of COVID-19,” Lion CEO, Stuart Irvine said.
He added that the company is looking for ways to cut its overall carbon emissions for the long haul by pushing “boundaries of efficiency and adopt industry-leading innovation”. He said speed is important to stabilise the current climate.
“That is why we are effectively throwing a safety net over our remaining operational CO2 footprint – giving consumers the confidence that our range of fantastic beers – from XXXX GOLD, to Tooheys New and Little Creatures – will be produced in carbon neutral breweries,” he added in a statement.
Carbon offsets buyer Tasman Environmental Markets is providing Lion with verified projects as the brewery focuses on carbon abatement projects to deliver bush regeneration and protect the wildlife’s natural habitat and food sources.