Missouri-based brewing giant Anheuser-Busch has been hard at work transitioning towards a more sustainable and renewable future.
In August, as part of its ongoing commitment to sustainable logistics and reducing carbon emissions, Anheuser-Busch announced plans to transition more than 180 trucks to Renewable Natural Gas (RNG). That’s approximately 30% of its fleet. By transitioning the trucks to RNG, the brewer expects to reduce its emissions by more than 70% compared to conventional diesel, which is equivalent to taking more than 66 thousand passenger cars off the road or planting more than 8 million new trees.
“We are incredibly fortunate to work hand-in-hand with our suppliers to identify new solutions, like RNG, to improve the sustainability of our fleet and reduce carbon emissions across our entire value chain,” said Ingrid De Ryck, Vice President of Procurement and Sustainability at Anheuser-Busch. “Innovation in the transportation sector is a massive opportunity for companies like ours and we continuously strive to lead the industry by transporting every beer in the most sustainable way possible.”
But the global brewing giant isn’t stopping there. In September, Anheuser-Busch announced a global partnership with Rio Tinto, a leading producer of responsible aluminum, to deliver a new standard of sustainable aluminum cans. Leveraging Rio Tinto’s low-carbon aluminum made with renewable hydropower along with recycled content, Anheuser-Busch will produce its most sustainable beer can yet, with a potential reduction in carbon emissions of more than 30 percent per can compared to similar cans produced today using traditional manufacturing techniques in North America.
“At Anheuser-Busch, we are constantly looking for new ways to reduce our carbon footprint across our entire value chain and improve the sustainability of our packaging to reach our ambitious sustainability goals,” said De Ryck. “With this partnership, we will bring low-carbon aluminum to the forefront with our consumers and create a model for how companies can work with their suppliers to drive innovative and meaningful change for our environment.”
These changes are one of the many reasons Missouri has continued to be a leader in both sustainable energy solutions and food solutions. Home to 90+ breweries, in addition to 130+ wineries and 20+ distilleries, Missouri is a global leader in alcohol production. In fact, the beer industry alone contributes $10.2 billion to the state’s economy and supports more than 55,000 jobs statewide.