BrewDog announces plans to become 'first carbon negative international beer brand in the world'

Millie Milliken

Millie Milliken

25 August 2020

The Scottish brewer has also bought 2,050 acres of Scottish Highlands to create the BrewDog Forest and plant 1m trees over the next few years

The announcements come as BrewDog unveils a climate action programme with £30m of 'green investments' across the business.

Green projects already underway at BrewDog include:

  • The brewery and its UK bars are now wind powered
  • Spent grain is turned into green gas which powers the brewery
  • BrewDog is building an onsite anaerobic digester to turn wastewater into clean water and produce food grade CO2 to carbonate the beers
  • Investing in the electrification of its vehicles
  • Through investing in local brewing sites across the UK, EU, USA and Australia it has significantly reduced the miles its beer is travelling to reach drinkers

BrewDog has been working with one of the world's leading experts in carbon foot-printing, professor Mike Berners-Lee, and his team at Small World Consulting to calculate its carbon footprint. In order to counteract it, the brewer aims to double-remove all of its carbon by working with a number of partners on a series of projects.

'Our Carbon. Our Problem. So, we are going to fix it ourselves,' said James Watt, co-founder of BrewDog. 'Huge change is needed right now, and we want to be a catalyst for that change in our industry and beyond. We fully acknowledge that we are a long way from perfect. However, we are determined to rapidly and fundamentally change everything as we work hard to ensure we have a positive impact on the planet.'

It will also be planting its own BrewDog Forest, approximately 1,400 acres of broadleaf native woodlands and 650 acres of peatland with work expected to start in 2021. There are also plans for a sustainable campsite on the land which is where the brewer will host sustainability retreats and workshops for the public, as well as inviting its Equity Punk investors to help planting the trees.

You can read BrewDog's full sustainability report at brewdog.com/uk/tomorrow

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