Brewing company Budweiser has today (19 October) announced its plans for a carbon neutral brewery, using green hydrogen to supply the facility in a collaboration with renewable energy firm Protium. Once completed, the project would be the first ever to use large-scale hydrogen production at a brewery.
The Magor brewery in South Wales is expected to open its doors in 2024, and will use onsite renewable power to generate zero-emissions hydrogen, with wind and solar units located at Protium’s Hydrogen Production Facility (HPF) situated next to the brewery itself. Battery storage and a hydrogen refuelling station will also be included in the facility, with the latter being for Heavy Goods Vehicles (HGVs) and forklift trucks.
It is anticipated that use of these technologies will enable carbon savings of up to 15,500 tonnes per year from 2027.
“Sustainability and the wellbeing of our planet are at the core of our business,” said Budweiser’s head of sustainability and procurement Mauricio Coindreau. “Innovative energy solutions like hydrogen have huge potential as a key part of our sustainability strategy, helping us significantly reduce our UK carbon footprint.
“As a company, we are committed to continuously exploring technology that can help us meet our ambitious 2025 Sustainability Goals, so the key focus of this project is to ensure the efficient operation, application, and sustainability advantages of green hydrogen,” he added.
All this sits within the brewer’s aim to produce the UK’s most sustainable beers, and since January 2021, the firm has used solely renewable energy in all of its production processes.
Last month, the brewer launched a pilot version of its beer with the ‘lowest ever’ carbon footprint. Using novel aluminium technology and renewable energy, five million 440ml cans were produced, which the group says has an 85% lower carbon footprint than traditional production methods.