ABI targets carbon emissions
Commits to 15% carbon cut in logistics, warehousing
Anheuser-Busch InBev announced this week that it is targeting a 15% reduction in carbon emissions in its worldwide logistics operations by the end of 2017.
The target includes inbound and outbound transportation, and warehousing. In terms of outbound transportation, the reduction represents about 230,000 tons of carbon emissions in total, which is equivalent to the annual energy needed to power almost 21,000 homes in the US. The goal is being measured against a 2013 baseline.
CEO Carlos Brito commented, “This new goal builds on our strategy to look beyond our brewery walls as we continue to drive reductions in the impact of our supply chain and pursue partnerships to improve performance globally.”
Initiatives to reduce carbon emissions include the use of alternative fuels, smart driving tools and trucks designed to maximise efficiency. ABI says it will also continue to work with its supply chain partners to expand proven best practices.
Beyond the environmental benefits, ABI calculates that the collective logistics improvements could result in up to US $200 million in savings by the end of 2017.
The model for the global programme has been modelled on the Lean & Green program sponsored in the Netherlands by environmental institution Connekt; and in Belgium by the Flemish Institute for Logistics. The programme, which was piloted by local teams, achieved approximately 3,100 tons of emissions reductions over two years and is expected to reduce carbon dioxide output by 14,000 tons over the five-year programme.