Molson Coors Beverage Company has announced that beers sold in the Irish market including Carling, Molson Canadian and Miller Genuine Draft are to be brewed using 100% green electricity.
The beers, supplied by the Molson Coors brewing teams in the UK, will make Molson Coors the first major brewer in the UK to produce all of its beers and ciders using 100% renewable electricity.
The business has signed a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with RWE, one of the world’s leading renewable energy companies, to supply its UK operations with electricity generated from the Tween Bridge wind farm in South Yorkshire. Under the terms of the 10-year agreement RWE will deliver around 75 gigawatt hours of green electricity per year.
The 22 turbines at Tween Bridge will provide the electricity required to power all of Molson Coors’ UK sites, including the breweries at Burton, Tadcaster and Sharps in Cornwall, as well as the Aspall Cyder House in Suffolk, all offices, the national distribution centre and the national call centre in Cardiff.
The long-term agreement means that, for the first time, all of the more than 1bn pints Molson Coors produces in the UK in an average year will be made with electricity from 100% renewable sources. In an average year Molson Coors consumes the same amount of electricity as around 25,000 households – or the population of the business’ historic UK brewing home in Burton-upon-Trent.
Globally, Molson Coors has signed up to the Science Based Targets initiative as part of its Our Imprint 2025 goals and committed to a series of emissions targets in line with the 1.5oC goal set out in the Paris Climate Change Agreement.
As part of this plan, Molson Coors committed to reducing its carbon emissions by 50% across all of its direct operations by 2025. The PPA agreement sees the business on track to meet that milestone in the UK – four years ahead of schedule.
Ryan McFarland, Regional Business Director, Western Europe at Molson Coors Beverage Company, said: “At Molson Coors, we are committed to playing our part in helping to address climate change, with the announcement that our UK operations are switching to using 100% green electricity marking an important step in achieving this goal. In Ireland, our beer is supplied from our breweries in the UK alongside our Franciscan Well operation in Cork, with expert brewing teams in the UK responsible for brands such as Carling, Molson Canadian and Miller Genuine Draft. This is another step that we are taking as a business to ensure every pint we make is brewed as sustainably as possible.”