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Reusing carbon dioxide at Pilsen brewery

Worker at CO2 recovery station

This year the Plzeňský Prazdroj, a.s. brewery in Pilsen commissioned a CO2 recovery station to capture and reuse CO2 and reduce on–site emissions. In the first year, the brewery saved 280 tonnes of CO2.

The emissions created during the fermentation and brewing processes are collected and liquefied. They can then be reused to create the controlled atmosphere needed for pumping and bottling beer. Not only does this initiative reduce CO2 emissions, but the return on investment is estimated to be only two years.

This year the company also undertook a number of initiatives to reduce the amount of electricity it uses – for example, updating 257 light fixtures and installing smart dimming technology. In total, these initiatives will conserve an estimated 257,000 kWh of energy; equal to the yearly energy consumption of over 400 average households.

European CSR Award 2013

European CSR Award 2013 logo

Plzeňský Prazdroj, a.s. in the Czech Republic has received the 2013 European CSR Award for its work promoting responsible alcohol consumption. The independent jury comprising experts from NGOs, government and business was impressed by the company's innovative work – run in partnership with NGO, SANANIM – to help prevent irresponsible alcohol consumption at music festivals.

This award is further public recognition of the leading role of Plzeňský Prazdroj, a.s. in sustainable development. In 2012 it also won the titles of National CSR Champion in the European Business Awards, and employer of the year.

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Turning waste into energy in the Czech Republic

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This year, Plzeňský Prazdroj in the Czech Republic has worked on a number projects to help reduce its total energy use. One innovation is a device that turns draff (the grain left over after malted barley has been boiled and the liquid filtered out for fermentation) into a renewable fuel.

The brewery in Plzeň produces about 80,000 tonnes of draff every year. The new device dries the spent grains so they can be burnt in boilers to supply heat and electricity with lower carbon emissions. The processed spent grain is sold to the local energy supplier who uses it as a co-fuel in the combustion plant that supplies both the brewery and the local community. The project helps to reduce the heating plant's use of coal by approximately 10,000 tonnes a year – equivalent to 13,320 tonnes CO2 emissions.

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