Anheuser-Busch, the largest brewer in the US, announced today that its breweries will rely on renewable energies for 15 percent of their needs by 2010. The Houston brewery plans to use biogas from a nearby landfill combined with an on-site bio-energy recovery system (BERS) that will make use of brewing wastewater, and the Fairfield, California facility will use solar panels in addition to a BERS. The other US breweries will use only BERS.
When the facilities are completed, 10 out of the 12 Anheuser-Busch breweries in the US will use alternative fuels. It's tempting to shake our heads and exclaim that this is just another example of corporate greenwashing that doesn't mean anything. But in this case, that might not be entirely true. Anheuser-Busch's plan will produce 1 in 7 beers using alternative energy--that's over 5 billion 12 oz. servings.
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