Green energy on tap for Anheuser-Busch InBev

Brewing giant commits to 100-percent renewable electricity by 2025

Some of your favorite golden-hued lagers and ales will soon be going green.

Brewing giant Anheuser-Busch InBev, which makes Budweiser, Stella Artois, Corona, Beck’s and other beers, recently announced that all of its purchased electricity will come from renewable sources by 2025.

“We have the opportunity to play a leading role in the battle against climate change by purchasing energy in a more sustainable way,” the brewery’s chief executive officer Carlos Brito said in the announcement.

Anheuser-Busch claims that the gradual move over the next eight years would involve shifting six terawatt-hours (TWh) of electricity every year to renewable sources in the markets where the brewery operates.

Anheuser-Busch expects that the move will eventually curb its operational carbon footprint by 30 percent, or the equivalent of taking nearly half a million cars off the road. The commitment will make Anheuser-Busch a big-league consumer of renewable energy in emerging markets like Brazil, India and Argentina—and boost Mexico’s wind and solar energy capacity by more than 5%, starting with an immediate 490-gigawatt-hour (GWh) renewable power deal for its massive Zacatecas brewery.

More than three-quarters of that renewable electricity will come from power purchase agreements, and the remainder will be sourced by on-site technologies, said the company.

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