Our long-term sustainability depends on reducing our reliance on the fossil fuels that contribute to climate change.
We are addressing our carbon emissions as a priority. We believe we can grow our business while reducing the carbon emissions associated with our value chain, as well as reducing our exposure to the risks of energy insecurity and rising costs.
Achieving our targets
We are committed to halving our direct carbon emissions (Scopes 1 and 2) in absolute terms by 2020, against a 2007 baseline, and achieving a 30% reduction in our overall supply chain. We're proud that our targets are science-based, reducing our greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in line with the level of decarbonisation required to keep global temperature increase below 2°C compared to pre-industrial temperatures, as described by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).
Our commitment to these targets has required a significant review of the relationship between production and the use of fossil fuels in our operations.
We aim to meet these targets through four main activities.
1. Improving energy efficiency in our operations
Improving the energy efficiency of our operations reduces carbon emissions, cuts energy bills and reduces our exposure to energy risks. Measures such as improving insulations on cookers and stills, the installation of variable speed drives and low-energy lighting systems and improvements to air condensers and boilers will continue to help us create efficiencies.
2. Generating renewable energy at our sites
Alcohol production creates a number of by-products which can be used as sources of renewable energy. We are investing in the bio-energy potential of our distilleries and breweries.
3. Sourcing renewable or low-carbon energy
Renewable and low-carbon energy from bio-energy, nuclear, wind, solar and hydro-electric sources can contribute significantly to reducing emissions.
4. Partnering to reduce carbon in our supply chain
Supporting and encouraging our key suppliers to measure, manage and report their carbon emissions is essential to reducing our overall greenhouse gas emissions. In addition, we have committed to ensuring that all our new refrigeration equipment in-trade is free from hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs).