Budweiser Brewing Group (BBG), part of AB InBev, has announced that its UK breweries are aiming to have net zero carbon operations by 2026.

Budweiser wind turbine

Its European business is contributing towards the company’s new ambition to have net zero operations in five major breweries in 2028, reducing annual CO2 emissions by 110,740 tonnes, equivalent to the emissions of almost 35,000 cars.

The UK business, Budweiser Brewing Group, is set to be the first to meet this target with its Magor and Salmesbury breweries.

Budweiser Brewing Group already brews in the UK with 100% renewable electricity from its own wind turbine and two solar farms. The brewer has also removed plastic rings from its portfolio and has met its goal of brewing with 100% British-grown barley, reducing carbon emissions and championing local agriculture.

With 35% of the UK’s greenhouse gases coming from food and drink production and consumption, BBG has partnered with Footprint to launch a report today that identifies the challenges the hospitality sector is facing in reaching net zero.

Mauricio Coindreau, head of sustainability and procurement at BBG, said: “We are enormously proud that, in 2026, our Magor and Samlesbury breweries will be the first to net zero operations in Europe, bringing us one step closer to achieving our global net zero ambition across our value chain by 2040.

“We are excited to be partnering with Footprint on this report as we believe in the power of collaboration, particularly when it comes to climate change and solving sustainability challenges.

“As a global business, we know we can make a positive difference and set a good example, which we hope will inspire others to follow and help make significant change for the better.”

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