MillerCoors, Chicago, reduced waste sent to landfills by 20 percent, reduced total energy consumption by 3.6 percent and lowered greenhouse gas emissions by 1.2 percent in 2009, according to the company’s 2010 Sustainable Development report.
The company originally planned to reach a goal of reducing
waste sent to landfills by 20 percent in 2015, but its “Great Beer, Great
Responsibility” report shows that it reached that plateau five years early. The
report gauges MillerCoors’ progress in five areas: alcohol responsibility,
environmental sustainability, sustainable supply chain, people and communities,
and ethics and transparency.
“We recognize that sustainable development requires a
sustained commitment, and we’re working to further improve our performance for
generations to come,” said Cornell Boggs, MillerCoors’ chief responsibility and
ethics officer, in a statement.
Secondary packaging materials were reduced by about 11
million pounds in the company’s Coors Light and Coors Banquet brands.
At MillerCoors’ Ft. Worth, Texas, brewery, it reduced its ratio of
water used to produce beer to 3.4 barrels of water for each barrel of beer. It
also sponsored its first Water Stewardship Month, a volunteer initiative that
featured employees working toward watershed protection and improvement.
In the company’s Elkton, Va.-based brewery, MillerCoors
installed membrane bioreactor technology and began engineering to reuse biogas
from its anaerobic wastewater treatment system to generate electrical power.
MillerCoors also achieved zero waste at its Trenton,
Ohio, and Elkton, Va.,