Water scarcity represents a potentially significant risk to parts of our business. Water is vital not only in the brewing process but also in growing the crops used to make our beer and even in generating electricity to power our breweries.
We aim to use water as efficiently as possible and have set ourselves the demanding target of reducing our water use per hectolitre of lager by 25% between 2008 and 2015. During the last year we used four litres of water to produce one litre of lager.
We use the'5Rs' – pRotect, Reduce, Re-use, Recycle and Redistribute – to manage water upstream, downstream and within our operations.
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'WWF is encouraged by the way SABMiller has identified water as a critical business issue.'
Chief Executive of WWF – UK
The Water Futures Partnership was founded by SABMiller, WWF & GIZ in 2009. As the partnership evolves into a wider Initiative, this video shows the Water Futures approach and some of the action its taking to address specific water challenges in Peru, India and South Africa.