The new facility, opened by Jessica Morden MP at AB InBev's Magor Brewery, is estimated to save 289 metric tonnes of CO2 and remove the need many thousands of miles of lorry journeys required to transfer goods between external warehouses and the brewery during 2013-14. The warehouse reduces CO2 emission by replacing the need for the brewery to use external storage sites.
Jessica Morden, MP for Newport East, was at the brewery warehouse unveiling along with John Griffiths, Assembly Member for Newport East, Tony Monteiro, Brewery Manager and members of the brewery team who worked on the project.
The warehouse is a next step in Magor Brewery's ongoing efforts to help AB InBev achieve its global environmental performance targets. Millions of pounds have been invested over several years at the brewery which has helped to improve its waste recycling rate to 99.8% and reduce CO2 emissions per hectolitre of production by 23.3%. Since the start of 2011, more than six million hectolitres of water have been saved at the brewery - enough to fill 244 Olympic sized swimming pools. The onsite Environmental Committee - a team of employees at the brewery who find new ways to be a sustainable business - has driven employee-led changes and introduced new innovations to help the brewery reduce its environmental impact.
Speaking at the unveiling Jessica Morden MP, commented: "The brewery is an important part of the community in this area and I know how hard both management and local trade unions have worked to lower the impact on the environment. It is therefore with pride that I am cutting the ribbon on the new development as this is yet another important commitment that will further reduce the CO2 emissions. This is a project that will benefit the brewery, the staff and the wider community."
AB InBev UK's work to reduce water and waste was recognised with the visit of His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales to Magor Brewery in November 2011. During his visit, Prince Charles met members of the brewery's Environment Committee and saw how energy reduction methods have been implemented throughout the site, with a particular focus on high energy areas such as refrigeration and the packaging lines.
Magor Brewery has also adopted an ambitious energy reduction programme in order to help AB InBev UK achieve its new seven global environment goals across recycling, carbon reduction and water saving projects.
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