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St Austell Brewery Environmental Awareness

Our commitment to the environment

As a family company with a long and proud history in Cornwall, St Austell Brewery is committed to taking a pro-active approach to minimising the environmental impact of our business.

We already go to great lengths to be environmentally efficient but we've taken the decision to go even further, reducing as much as possible our carbon use in every area of the business.

We're proud to be doing our part in protecting the unique and beautiful environment of this part of the world and we hope others will join us in making this extra effort.

Brewing cask ales has always been one of the most environmentally friendly processes; it uses simple natural ingredients of water, barley, hops and yeast and any waste material is re-used to feed local cattle and to help grow plants. Now see the list below for an outline of what else St Austell Brewery is doing in our commitment to becoming one of the UK's greenest brewers.

James Staughton
Managing Director

So here are some cool facts about our environmental efforts:

  • In 2012 / 2013 we diverted over a fifth of all our waste produced and away from landfill into recycling
  • All food waste generated is now diverted from landfill from all our Managed Houses into Anaerobic Digestion
  • We produced approx 1.2 million kwh of power from our solar panels which is enough to power 120 homes!
  • We have moved over to LED lighting in the majority of our Managed Houses.
  • Our Managed Houses locally source food wherever possible

So we are reducing our carbon footprint and how we are continuing to be a more sustainable company in the following areas:

Carbon Trust Standard – we are currently collating three years’ worth of data to achieve this standard mark.  The Carbon Trust Standard certifies organisations for real carbon reduction and commitment to on-going reductions.

Green Tourism Business Scheme – ALL our Managed Houses are being graded this year – this shows St Austell Brewery’s and the Managed House Teams commitment to sustainability in our Managed Estate.

Cornwall Together – We are one of the founder supporters of this scheme – please look at for more info and join in!

Cornwall Sustainability Awards – St Austell Brewery have sponsored this event again – The County Arms in Truro has just won the  Retro-fit award in the 2012 Sustainable Construction category. The Accommodation wing at The County Arms Inn was designed and constructed by local firms to exacting environmental standards.  The aim of Cornwall Sustainability Awards is to encourage, reward and gain recognition for some of the excellent work businesses are doing to improve their sustainability.

Hospitality Carbon Reduction Forum – we have joined this forum to share ideas with other companies in our sector.

Photovoltaic – PV systems (generating electricity from Solar energy) – we have successfully installed systems at our Head Office, Cornwall Distribution Centre & the County Arms in Truro.  We are currently investigating other renewable energy sites on our Managed Estate.

Recycling / Waste Segregation – St Austell Brewery’s Head Office, Distribution Depots and our Managed Houses are working very hard to divert as much waste away from Landfill. We now have all Managed Houses diverting their food waste from landfill.  We segregate most waste streams and even manage to make money out of some of our waste!

Waste & Resources Action Programme - St Austell Brewery has signed up to the Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP) - Hospitality & Food Service Agreement section.

Lighting – where possible we are installing energy efficient lighting schemes across our Managed House Estate Pubs.

Our aim is to integrate our environment policy into all of our business activities and conduct our operations to the latest standards and codes of practice so we do not just meet but exceed all appropriate legislative requirements.

As a company that is already environmentally conscious, we are setting tough targets to cut our carbon footprint further but we believe it is important to challenge the way we operate in all our business streams. We will continually monitor our performance and identify areas for improvement.

You can also download our Environmental Review.

What is Anaerobic Digestion?

AD is a natural process where plant and animal materials (biomass) are broken down by micro-organisms in the absence of air he remaining material (digestate) is rich in nutrients, so it can be used as a fertiliser.

The Anaerobic Digester process

Local Sourcing

The South West has some of the best food and drinks within the UK. All our Managed Houses are proud to produce the freshest dishes which are inspired by the fantastic seasonal produce our local suppliers can provide. 

Our "What's In Season" specials boards include many ingredients that are in season locally.

Locally sourced food in cornwall

Locally sourced food in devon



Environment groups St Austell Brewery work with

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St Austell Brewery, 63 Trevarthian Road, St. Austell, Cornwall. PL25 4BY. Telephone: 0845 2411122