Molson Coors Beverage Company has become the first major UK brewer to operate entirely by renewable energy.
The brewer, which beers including Carling, Coors and Doom Bar, has signed a power purchase agreement with renewable energy company RWE.
The ten-year agreement means each of the more than 1 billion pints Molson Coors produces in the U.K. in an average year will be made with 100% renewable energy.
RWE’s 22 Tween Bridge turbines in South Yorkshire will power Molson Coors’ brewing operations in Burton, Tadcaster and Sharps in Cornwall, as well as the Aspall Cyder House in Suffolk, and its corporate offices, national distribution center and national call center in Cardiff.
RWE will provide Molson Coors with about 75 gigawatt hours of renewable energy a year. Annually, Molson Coors consumes the same amount of electricity as about 25,000 households, similar to the population of the home of its flagship brewery in Burton-upon-Trent.
“One of our values at Molson Coors is taking accountability, and that includes being responsible for the impact our business has on the environment. That’s why we’ve made such bold commitments to play our part in tackling climate change – because it is the right thing to do,” says Fraser Thomson, Molson Coors’ operations director for Western Europe.
“We know that this matters to our people, our customers and consumers, and they can now be assured that everything we do, and every pint we make, is powered by 100% green electricity.”
Molson Coors’ global sustainability efforts include reducing its carbon emissions across its direct operations by 50% by 2025, in line with the goals set out by the Paris Climate Agreement, which aims to keep global temperatures from rising more than 1.5 degrees Celsius.
With the RWE partnership, Molson Coors’ UK operations are on track to achieve that goal four years early.