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Water

Making more beer but using less water

Our response

Our 5R water strategy

We have developed a global framework to address local water issues. Through the '5Rs', each of our breweries around the world focuses on issues upstream, downstream and within their operations.

5Rs diagram

pRotect: Work with farmers to ensure responsible water use and understand the watersheds within which our breweries and bottling plants operate. Where appropriate we develop local partnerships to tackle shared water risks and replenish water resources through rainwater harvesting and groundwater recharge.

Reduce: Introduce new processes and changed behaviour to reduce water consumption within our plants while achieving the same high quality of product.

Reuse: Collect waste-water streams within facilities and reuse appropriately, for tasks such as cleaning the floor of our breweries.

Recycle: Investigate and employ new technologies to recycle water for appropriate use within the plant.

Redistribute: Provide local communities with clean water through community investment programmes and treat waste water so it can be used safely by the local community.

Progress against 2013 targets

2013 Target Progress

Pilot and launch a new facility-level water risk assessment tool.

The SABMiller Water Risk Assessment (WRA) Process has been successfully developed and trialled in six markets across the group during the course of the year.

Continue to expand the Water Futures partnership to incorporate new business, donor and NGO partners.

During the year Water Futures Initiative has expanded with projects protecting local watersheds in eight countries.

In Zambia, Zambian Breweries Ltd has initiated a co-operation with GIZ and the Zambian Government to steer a scoping study of the local spring protection. Following recommendations from the study the Initiative will implement infrastructure developments and mechanisms to manage the spring.

Continue to improve water efficiency towards our target to be 25% more water efficient by 2015 (over a 2008 base).

Our water efficiency has improved by 20% since 2008 to 3.7 hl/hl this year. We are on track to meet our 2015 targets: 25 of our breweries are already achieving 3.5hl/hl.

2014 targets

  • Launch the Water Risk Assessment Process in two regions in 2014
  • Continue to expand the Water Futures Initiative to incorporate new business, donor and NGO partners
  • Continue to improve water efficiency towards our target to be 25% more water efficient by 2015 (over a 2008 base)

Water Futures Report: Beyond 2012

The report highlights the latest achievements of the Water Futures Partnership and explains its plans for the future.

Download the Water Futures Report: Beyond 2012 PDF (1.64Mb)

Front page of the Water Futures Report: Beyond 2012

Water footprinting report

WWF and SABMiller publish this report as a contribution to improve the use and utility of water footprints.

Download Water footprinting report PDF (2.75Mb)

Front cover of the Water footprinting report 2009

Position paper

Our position on water: make more beer but use less water

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Position paper on water