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Reducing the carbon footprint

Pilsen brewery

During the first trading period of the EU Emissions Trading Scheme, our Czech business, Plzenský Prazdroj, reduced its carbon emissions by over 50% against its allocated allowance, despite increasing its beer production. This figure is even more impressive when compared to the equivalent figure for Czech industry as a whole – an average of just 6%.

The main economies were achieved by modernising the brewhouse at the Pilsen brewery. The new facility is able to cut CO2 emissions from 15,000 tonnes to 2,000 tonnes per annum – a reduction of approximately 87%. In addition, biogas from the waste water treatment plants is now being used as an auxiliary fuel at two other Czech breweries.

Reducing CO2 emissions enabled Prazdroj to sell surplus allowances at auction in 2006 and invest the money in further environmental projects.