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India: Sawdust, stalks and nutshells – new sources of fuel

A man putting fuel into a boiler at a brewery

At SABMiller India, we aim to integrate sustainable development into our daily business routines. One such practice is the use of rice husk and groundnut shells as fuel for boiler in our breweries. This year we have built a new briquette fired boiler in our brewery at Aurangabad which uses briquettes made out of sugarcane stalks, sawdust, groundnut shells and a variety of other biomass.

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Poland: Driving efficiency in our Polish breweries

Poznan brewery

At Kompania Piwowarska, we have saved about 35,000 tonnes of CO2e emissions over the last five years by improving the energy efficiency of our breweries. Between 2003 and 2012, for example, our Poznan brewery has reduced the amount of heat energy it uses to produce a hectolitre of beer by 57%, down from 135.39 MJ/hl to 58.34 MJ/hl.

Using renewable energy such as biogas from our waste water treatment plants also helps us reduce our CO2e emissions. During 2012, over 15% of the total gas used to power the boiler at our Tychy brewery was biogas from the brewery's waste water treatment plant.

Maciej Henicz, Environmental protection and OHS specialist, Kompania Piwowarska