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ABI makes renewable energy pledge

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Brito: ABI playing leading role in climate change battle

Targets 100% of global electricity use by 2025

For the record: Anheuser-Busch InBev has committed to procuring 100% of the company’s purchased electricity from renewable resources by 2020.

ABI says that this will shift six terawatt-hours of electricity annually to renewable sources, in particular markets such as Argentina, Brazil, India and across Africa. The increased electricity production equates to the amount of energy produced by solar panels covering the area of more than 400 FIFA regulation football pitches.

When the transition is completed ABI will reduce its carbon footprint by 30%, equating to the removal of nearly 500,000 cars from the road. In so doing ABI will become the largest corporate direct purchaser of renewable energy in the consumer goods sector globally.

The process has started in Mexico where ABI has signed an agreement with multinational energy provider Iberdrola for the 490 gigawatt hours per year. Iberdrola will build and install 220MW of wind energy capacity onshore in the state of Puebla. Production is expected to begin in the first half of 2019. The agreement with Iberdrola will increase Mexico’s wind and solar energy capacity by five per cent.

AB InBev CEO Carlos Brito noted the company’s support for efforts to achieve targets set by the 2015 Paris climate agreement. “We have the opportunity to play a leading role in the battle against climate change by purchasing energy in a more sustainable way.”

ABI has also joined RE 100, a global initiative of leading businesses that are committed to using 100% renewable energy. Diageo, Coca-Cola Enterprises, DSM and Tetra Pak are also members.





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