Energy & carbon
Climate change is an issue of growing global concern which demands action from all sectors of society. According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the world must seek to limit climatic change to a 2o Celsius increase in temperature to prevent dangerous consequences.
To achieve this goal, the world needs to reduce its emissions of the six major greenhouse gases to between 20 billion and 24 billion tonnes by 2050, a cut of 50%. While there remains uncertainty about the extent of these climatic changes, there is a clear imperative for policy makers, companies and consumers to act.
The urgent message from the scientific community that climate change is real and needs to be dealt with rapidly, combined with the economic analysis that reducing emissions need not be a major drag on growth, is creating a clear case for policy makers to put in place a stronger emissions-reduction framework.
Possible impacts of climate change are already being observed such as rising sea levels, glaciers receding and more severe weather events. Often it's the communities in less developed countries – those in Africa, Asia and the Indian subcontinent, for example – that are most vulnerable to, and least able to recover from, these catastrophic events.
Why this is a priority
The effects of climate change could have far-reaching consequences, particularly in terms of water availability and agricultural production – both of which are vital to the production of beer. It is in our interests to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions and to play a part in combating climate change.
In 2008 we set ourselves the challenging target of reducing the fossil fuel emissions from our on-site energy use by 50% per hectolitre of beer produced by 2020.
Our position on energy and carbon: reducing our carbon and energy footprint