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Securing shared water resources for our business and local communities

We are working towards a resilient world where our business, local communities and ecosystems share uninterrupted access to safe, clean water.

We want a resilient world where our business, local communities and ecosystems share uninterrupted access to safe, clean water. Growing water scarcity, driven by the growing middle class, climate change and population growth means that we need to play our part to ensure a reliable, clean supply of water that is managed and used as efficiently as possible.

We will secure shared water resources for our business and local communities. Brewery by brewery, we are building a detailed understanding of water risks. We create partnerships to tackle these risks with those that share them.

By 2020, we will:

  • Secure the water supplies we share with local communities through partnerships to tackle shared water risks
  • Further reduce water use to 3.0 litres of water per litre of beer and 1.8 litres of water per litre of soft drink
  • Have programmes in place to mitigate shared water risks for our key crop origins at risk

Performance highlights

Through our Water Futures Partnership we are tackling shared water risks across 12 projects in nine countries.

In the year ended 31 March 2014 we used an average of 3.5 hl water to produce 1 hl beer, achieving our target to improve our brewery water efficiency by 25% (against a 2008 base) a year early.

Our report The Water - Food - Energy Nexus: Insights into resilient development was launched in January 2014 at the World Economic Forum in Davos. The report, produced in association with WWF, looks at 16 countries or states, comparing the ways in which their development patterns have managed their different mixes of resources and different capacities to make use of those resources.

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Water, food and energy are inextricably linked, often referred to as the water-food-energy nexus. We need water to grow food and to generate energy; we need energy to grow food and to treat and move water; and we need land (and in the case of biofuels, crops) for energy production. We cannot manage these three resources in isolation as the availability of each affects the availability of the others. 


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