Sourcing Renewables - October 20, 2021
Budweiser to Power Welsh Brewery with Hydrogen
The UK branch of Budweiser Brewing Group announced Oct. 19 that it will be sourcing zero-emission green hydrogen to power its brewery in South Wales, one of the largest breweries in the UK.
Budweiser Brewing Group UK&I partnered with Protium, which will provide hydrogen infrastructure to produce more than 20 MW of clean energy. The hydrogen will be used to power its onsite transport, including Heavy Goods Vehicles and forklift trucks, and energy generation and consumption.
Existing wind and solar projects onsite that already power 100% of the brewery’s operations will manufacture the green hydrogen at an onsite facility that will include a battery, hydrogen storage unit and hydrogen refueling station.
It is estimated that the project could eliminate 15,500 tons of CO2e per year starting in 2027 and will support the brewery’s ambition to become carbon neutral. AB InBev is also targeting 100% renewable electricity use in its global operations by 2025.
“Sustainability and the wellbeing of our planet are at the core of our business. Innovative energy solutions like hydrogen have huge potential as a key part of our sustainability strategy, helping us significantly reduce our UK carbon footprint,” Mauricio Coindreau, head of Sustainability and Procurement at Budweiser Brewing Group, said in a statement. “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.”