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Brewer commits to a renewable energy future in Africa

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Diageo is investing £180 million in renewable energy resources across its African sites to ensure its breweries are the most carbon and water efficient possible.

This commitment represents Diageo’s largest environmental investment in a decade confirming the brewer’s commitment to reducing our carbon footprint and addressing climate change.

Here are the highlights of what is happening:

  • The investment will touch 11 of Diageo’s African brewing sites
  • It will deliver new solar energy, biomass power and water recovery initiatives.
  • It will bring new infrastructure designed to improve the long-term sustainability of Diageo’s African supply chain in seven countries.

“We believe this is one of the biggest single investments in addressing climate change issues across multiple sub Saharan markets. It demonstrates the strength of our commitment to pioneer grain-to-glass sustainability and to positively impact the communities in which we live and work. We have a responsibility as a local manufacturer and employer in Africa to grow our business sustainably–creating shared value-and this significant investment continues our work to provide sustainable solutions for our local supply chains,” Ivan Menezes, Diageo’s CEO said.

The investment includes:

  • a commitment to switch to renewable energy at three African breweries in Kenya and Uganda.
  • New biomass boilers will replace heavy fuel oil using sustainable fuel alternatives such as wood chip and rice husks to create steam power for the breweries, reducing carbon emissions by 42,000 tonnes (the equivalent of taking tens of thousands of cars off the road).
  • New water recovery, purification and reuse facilities across five sites in Africa, including in Kenya, Uganda and Nigeria, saving over two billion cubic litres of water a year.
  • solar installations to provide renewable electricity at 12 breweries across six countries. These solar panels will produce up to 20% of each brewery’s electricity demand.

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It will cover 11 sites in seven countries including Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, South Africa, Seychelles, Nigeria and Ghana.

In Kenya, Diageo’s brand new brewery Kisumu has already had solar power and water treatment facilities installed to ensure its operations have minimal impact from their start. With 100% renewables and cutting edge water efficiency, we believe Tusker will be the most environmentally sustainable brewery in Sub-Saharan Africa’.

Diageo Chief Executive, Ivan Menezes, added:“We’ve set ourselves ambitious environmental targets, aligned with the United Nations global SDG’s and our efforts to deliver on these by 2020 continues at pace.

Progress has included a 45% reduction in our carbon emissions and a 44% reduction in our water consumption over the past decade, while we also now look to the future and how we extend beyond 2020 with this investment.”

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