Total CO2 emissions from the UK’s brewing industry have fallen by 42% in the last decade (2008 to 2018) — a reduction of 202,952 tonnes — according to new research from the British Beer and Pub Association (BBPA).
The research also found that the energy used to brew a pint of beer in the UK is now 20% less than it was in 2008. The water required to brew one hectolitre of beer has also reduced to an average of just 3.5 hectolitres.
Separate data from the Environment Agency, acquired by the BBPA, also found that UK breweries now recover and re-use 98% of their waste.
The research, published in a new report by the BBPA, called Brewing Green: A Greener Future for British Beer & Pubs, comes as the UK’s brewing and pub sectors begin setting their next sustainability targets to meet the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.
One hundred per cent of pub operators surveyed by the BBPA for the report stated that reducing food waste and improving energy efficiency was important or very important to them.
When it came to food waste, all pubs surveyed said they had trained staff on how to reduce food waste, with 86% now offering smaller portion sizes to customers to help further reduce waste.
In terms of improving energy efficiency, 83% of pub operators surveyed said they used insulated cellars in their pubs to reduce energy consumption. Some 71% also said they had smart meters installed.