Peru: A rigorous analysis of water risk
Through the Water Futures partnership SABMiller works with NGOs such as WWF and The Nature Conservancy in eight markets including Peru, South Africa, the US and India to protect the watersheds on which our business depends. But this can only be done if we recognise that the local community and ecology also depend on the watershed and seek to meet their needs at the same time.
South Africa: Better barley, better beer
Research in South Africa has shown that the biggest component of our beer’s water footprint is agriculture.
At SAB (Pty) Ltd, we are working in partnership with WWF to improve the sustainability of barley farming through our “Better Barley, Better Beer” framework. Barley farmers are encouraged to use this sustainable agriculture framework to ensure that their farming operations are resilient and looks at all aspects of farming; from minimising the impact on the environment and the use of scarce resources such as water, through to the management of their labour and finances.
USA: Partnering to protect watersheds
In the US, water is a top priority for MillerCoors because of the impact is has on production and the supply of raw materials.
In 2010, we began working with The Nature Conservancy (TNC) to safeguard the watershed and improve habitats in the barley-growing Silver Creek Valley in Idaho. We developed a watershed conservation plan which included projects such as fencing and planting along streams to prevent damage and contamination by livestock and agriculture and coordinating monitoring programmes with landowners. We also worked with farmers to help them improve their water efficiency through retrofitting irrigation pivots. This led to a 20% reduction in overall usage.
Uganda: Reducing the quantity and improving the quality
At Nile Breweries in Uganda, I'm proud that we have reduced our water consumption from eight hectolitres of water per hectolitre of beer produced in 2006 to less than five hectolitres today. This has been achieved through a number of capital projects such as the recovery of filter-backwash water for floor washing in non-production areas, machine cooling water recovery and reuse and improved metering.
We have also worked hard to improve employee awareness of saving water. Each week, every department in the brewery reports their water usage to ensure performance matches our targets.