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Our Priorities: Energy & carbon

'Reducing emissions in and outside the brewery'

Plzeňský Prazdroj

Czech Republic

Our brewmasters in the Czech Republic are dedicated to maintaining the integrity of Pilsner Urquell, the original pilsner beer first brewed in 1842. With no compromise on the quality and provenance of Czech brewing, we have introduced a range of energy saving measures to reduce carbon emissions across Plzeňský Prazdroj.

As a result, the business has achieved an energy reduction of over 8% per hectolitre of beer produced in the last twelve months. Our brewery in Pilsen, which brews Pilsner Urquell has performed better than average as energy use has reduced by over 10% per hectolitre over the same period. Amongst others, energy saving measures have included C02 heat recovery which enables heat to be recycled in the brewery and the shortening and insulating of steam pipelines.

In addition, Plzeňský Prazdroj has reduced emissions outside the brewery. For example, it has made extensive use of rail to transport its products. In 2010, its products covered 530,000 km by rail, transporting over 60,000 hectolitres of beer. This replaced the 430 truck journeys that would otherwise have been made across Europe.

Plzensky Prazdroj truck outside Plzensky Prazdroj brewery at Czech Republic

Furthermore, transport emissions have also been reduced through improving the planning of packaging collection from the sales and distribution centres to Plzeňský Prazdroj's breweries. By reducing the number of journeys by trucks, it is estimated 85 tonnes of CO2e a month have been saved through this initiative.

Plzensky Prazdroj truck being load outside Plzensky Prazdroj brewery at Czech Republic

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  • Sujitra Sombatpinyo on 17 March 2012 at 06:22:00

    Dear Sir,Do you have the figure of CO2 eq. emission of your beer? Would you please give me your figure for an idea of carbon footprint of beer?Best Regards,Sujitra

    Reply from SABMiller
    on 29 March 2012 at 11:19:00

    Hi Sujitra

    You can find details of our energy efficiency here:

    Hope this helps to answer your question.