Oktoberfest ‘Produces 10 Times as Much Methane as Boston’

For the millions of people who descend on Munich for the annual bash, Oktoberfest is a celebration of beer, bands and bratwurst. But as the dust settles for another year on the world’s largest folk festival, and die Bierleichen (“beer corpses”) return to the land of the living, environmental scientists …

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Heineken Brews Up Water Reduction Pledge

Heineken has pledged to reduce its water usage and treat 100% of the water used for brewing by 2030. Its ‘Every Drop’ water ambitions – developed in support of the UN Sustainable Development Goal – aims to maximise water circularity in water stressed areas through recovery, reuse and recycling and …

Budweiser Brewer Hops Towards Lager Emissions Reductions

AB InBev has signed a 15-year power purchase agreement with Lightsource BP. The brewer of Budweiser in the UK has signed a deal to purchase 100% renewable electricity from solar business Lightsource. Through the 15-year power purchase agreement (PPA), AB InBev will receive 100MW of solar electricity, enough to power around 18,000 households across the country. It …

Brazilian Beer-Maker Brews Up Solar Facility

Ambev eventually aims to use only renewable energy sources to supply its operations in Brazil. Latin America’s largest brewer is to build a solar plant to supply clean power to its distribution centres. The facility in Brazil’s Minas Gerais region will power all of Ambev’s sites in the area and marks a step …

A Shortage of Beer and Fries? Climate Change Hits Europe Where It Hurts

Climate change has fueled raging wildfires around the world, bleached coral reefs and intensified hurricanes—and now it’s coming for Europe’s fries. A hot and dry summer has caused low potato yields in Belgium and across Europe, resulting in sad, stubby fries or “frites”—up to an entire inch shorter than the …

A Beer Crisis Is Brewing in Germany as Bottle Recycling Slows Amid Heatwaves

With summer still in full swing and heatwaves gripping countries around the world, breweries across Germany have been scrambling to keep up with the beer demand from hot and thirsty customers. The brew masters have enough of the bubbly beverage to go around, but companies are running out of containers …

Turning Beer into Fuel

It is commonly accepted that there is an urgent need for sustainable alternatives to fossil fuels for transportation to replace diesel and petrol. One of the most widely used sustainable alternatives to petrol world-wide is bioethanol — in the United States gasoline is typically sold as a blend with up …