Performance highlights 2016

Less is more

The less water we use to run and clean our breweries, the less energy we use for heating, cooling and treating water, and the smaller our impact on local communities.

In the prior year, we beat our target to reduce brewery water use by 25% against a 2008 base, achieving an efficiency ratio of 3.3 hectolitres of water per hectolitre of lager produced. We are now on track to meet our revised target of 3.0 hl/hl by 2020, having achieved an average efficiency ratio of 3.2 hl/hl1 in the year. At 25 of our breweries, average annual water efficiency is already below 3.0 hl/hl. In absolute terms, we used 597 million hl1 of water to produce our lager (2015: 592 million hl).

We have completed water risk assessments for nearly all our breweries and established plans to tackle the main issues, often with partners.

1 Information for the year ended 31 March 2016 has been subject to limited assurance by PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP. For further details of the assurance provided see the independent assurance report.