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Ten Priorities. One Future

Dreher - our latest plant to use biogas

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In January 2008, Dreher in Hungary became one of the growing number of breweries in the group to introduce a wastewater treatment and biogas generation plant.

Biogas is a by-product of anaerobic wastewater treatment and can be burned to produce energy.

Energy produced from burning the biogas should allow Dreher to reduce its traditional annual energy consumption and the related carbon dioxide emissions by 10%. It also leads to a reduction in the amount of organic matter released to the environment.

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Packaging at Dreher Breweries

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Reducing waste in Hungary

Our Hungarian operation Dreher recycles, reuses or sells over 99% of its waste.

As well as helping the business to meet strict regulations on waste, other benefits include reinforcing our position as a responsible company, meeting public expectations and saving costs.

Packaging waste is segregated into a dozen different categories to be baled, compressed and then recycled while the filtration medium, kieselguhr, is now composted instead of being sent to landfill. The brewery is a registered producer of animal feed, so spent grains and yeast can be sold for agricultural purposes. Spent yeast is also sold for other brewing applications.

Hazardous waste is recycled where possible, for example, waste oils are regenerated and electric and electronic waste (old refrigerators and coolers) is disassembled and partly recycled.

Much of the waste that cannot be recycled in these or other ways is incinerated and the heat recovered.

Support for new enterprises in Hungary

The Hungarian business Dreher Breweries is a firm believer in the country’s entrepreneurial spirit and is keen to improve the business skills of young Hungarians.

Its ‘Young Entrepreneur of the Future’ competition invites university and college students majoring in business studies to come up with an idea to launch their dream enterprise. The three winners receive start-up capital totalling over US$37,000 along with six months’ free consultancy in accountancy, legal and tax matters.

Under the motto, ‘Implement your dream enterprise’, the second competition in 2007 attracted nearly 80 entries from 18 institutions of higher education. These were evaluated by a professional jury and the first prize, along with seed capital of over US$23,000, went to a student at Budapest University of Technology and Economics who came up with a unique pen to improve the handwriting of children, as well as adults with reduced writing skills.