Energy Efficiency, GHG Emissions - February 9, 2022
Bacardi Sets Goal To Lower GHG by 50%
Bacardi, a privately held spirits company, plans to lower its GHG emissions in half from 2023 for its rum brand.
BACARDÍ rum’s GHG emissions will be reduced by 50% when a Combined Heat & Power (CHP) system goes live in 2023 at the brand’s distillery in Puerto Rico. The new CHP system will replace heavy fuel oil with propane gas, a much cleaner and more efficient energy source.
The 50% reduction in BACARDÍ rum’s GHG emissions represents a 14% reduction in the total emissions globally for Bacardi - whose portfolio of brands also includes BOMBAY SAPPHIRE® gin, PATRÓN® tequila, and GREY GOOSE® vodka – a significant step towards the 50% cut the company is committed to achieving globally by 2025.
Additional environmental practices from BACARDÍ include:
- The generation of biogas through the waste water treatment system, which helps power the distillation and creates electricity – more than 60% of the distillery’s energy is generated this way;
- Recapturing 95% of the heat generated during distillation to reduce the energy required; and
- A plan underway to capture CO2 from the fermentation process so it can be supplied to the sparkling drinks industry.
“As a brand and as a company, we are committed to doing the right thing for the planet,” said Ned Duggan, Senior Vice President, BACARDÍ rum in a statement. “Our rums are made in Puerto Rico, a beautiful island in the Caribbean where we are continuously investing in new innovations that will ensure we do just that. This year, we are celebrating our 160th anniversary and while we reflect on our incredible history we are also looking forward to a more sustainable future.”
Bacardi has set a number of goals that it is committed to achieving by 2025. These global targets, which are in addition to the company’s commitment to be 100% plastic-free by 2030, include:
- 50% cut in GHG emissions at Bacardi production sites;
- 25% cut in water consumption at Bacardi production sites;
- 100% key raw materials and packaging sourced sustainably;
- 100% of product packaging to be recyclable;
- 40% recycled content of product packaging materials;
- Zero waste to landfill at all Bacardi production sites.
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