Water is a vital resource not only in the brewing process but also to grow the crops used to make beer and even to generate electricity to power our breweries. Water scarcity represents a potentially significant risk to parts of our business.
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 produced by 25% between 2008 and 2015. During the last year, we used 3.7 hectolitres of water to produce one hectolitre of lager.
We use the '5Rs' – pRotect, Reduce, Re-use, Recycle and Redistribute – to manage water upstream, downstream and within our operations.
In areas where water security presents a potential challenge to our business, we are taking a leading role in creating partnerships to address the issue – one example being the Strategic Water Partners Network in South Africa.
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'SAB has taken great strides towards water stewardship since our cooperation kicked off three years ago. It is encouraging to see the continued focus on improving internal water efficiency in the breweries and in the supply chain.'
Senior Manager, Freshwater Programmes WWF-SA
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.