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Prazdroj complies early with EU requirements for waste recycling (Translation)

12 April 2011

Plzeň, April 11, 2011 - Almost 100 percent of all the waste produced by the three breweries of Plzeňský Prazdroj and its 13 sales and distribution centres is either recycled or reused. This gives Prazdroj an almost 10-year head start in complying with the EU directive* that requires 70 percent of waste (by weight) to be recycled by 2020.

"We have reduced, not only in beer production, but also in other processes, the volume of waste production and supported its further use or recycling. More than 99 percent of the waste from our operations and other activities can find secondary uses. Our long-term aim is to achieve a zero-waste operation," said Julian Patton, Plzeňský Prazdroj's technical director.

Plzeňský Prazdroj already meets the requirements of the European Parliament and Council's Directive No. 2008/98 on waste, which sets the minimum weight amount of waste to be reused or recycled in EU member states at 70 percent by the year 2020.

The vast majority of our waste is of a natural character, such as spent grains, so it can be utilised in agricultural production in the Czech Republic and in Germany. Yeast and malt waste is used to feed livestock. Sediment from the wastewater treatment plant is added to soil as a fertiliser. Diatomaceous earth, used in filtration, generates waste that is ploughed into the soil in recultivated areas.

By using the biogas generated during wastewater treatment as a source of green energy in its breweries in Plzeň, Velké Popovice and Nošovice, Prazdroj saves one million cubic metres of natural gas annually.

*DIRECTIVE OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND COUNCIL No. 2008/98 dated November 19, 2008, article 11 (Re-use and Recycling), paragraph 2: "In order to comply with the objectives of this Directive, and move towards a European recycling society with a high level of resource efficiency, Member States shall take the necessary measures designed to achieve the following targets: (b) by 2020, the preparing for re-use, recycling and other material recovery ... of waste shall be increased to a minimum of 70% by weight."

Notes for editors:
- With total sales of 9.9 million hectolitres in 2010 (including licensed production abroad) and exports to more than 50 countries around the world, Plzeňský Prazdroj is a major beer producer in the region and the largest exporter of Czech beer.
- The 10 sustainable development priorities of Plzeňský Prazdroj are as follows: 1. Discouraging irresponsible drinking. 2. Making more beer but using less water. 3. Reducing our energy and carbon footprint. 4. Reuse and recycling of packaging. 5. Working towards zero-waste operations. 6. Building supply chains that reflect our own values and commitments. 7. Respecting human rights. 8. Contributing to the reduction of HIV/AIDS. 9. Supporting regional development. 10. Transparency in reporting our progress.
- In 2011, Plzeňský Prazdroj received the Governor's Award for sustainable development. The event is organised by the governor of Moravia-Silesia and the president of the Quality Council of the Czech Republic. In 2010, the Business for Society organisation presented Plzeňský Prazdroj with a special award for its long-term contribution to the development of sustainable development in the Czech Republic.
- In 2010, Plzeňský Prazdroj invested a total of CZK 41.5 million in sustainable development. It directly employs more than 2300 people and indirectly creates roughly 33,600 jobs.
- Plzeňský Prazdroj, a. s., is a member of SABMiller plc. Pilsner Urquell is an international flagship of the SABMiller brand portfolio.
- SABMiller plc is one of the world's largest brewers, with brewing interests or distribution agreements in over 60 countries across six continents.
- For its responsible behaviour towards future generations, Plzeňský Prazdroj has repeatedly received the highest awards among all SABMiller breweries.

Contact: Jiří Mareček
Plzeňský Prazdroj
724 617 219

This SABMiller subsidiary news release has been translated from its local market language to English language for publication on We have attempted to provide an accurate translation of the original material but due to the difficulties of translation slight differences may exist. 
Note, the news release was first published in its local market on [11/04/2011].

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