We’ve joined the Zero Carbon Forum
We are official members of the newly formed Zero Carbon Forum, pledging our commitment to decarbonising our business for future generations. The Zero Carbon Forum is a non-profit organisation, empowering members to reach sustainability targets with more speed, efficiency, and profit as a united effort.
With defined roadmaps – backed by peers, government, and leading sustainability experts – the Zero Carbon Forum has ambitious net-zero targets (to eliminate operational emissions by 2030 and achieve net-zero across supply chains by 2040). Read more about the Zero Carbon Forum here, and view the roadmap here.
We will be setting our own net-zero targets this year, so watch this space for further updates.
Zero Scope 2 emissions
When renewing our energy contracts in June 2020, we switched to REGO (Renewable Energy Guarantees of Origin). As a result of procuring 100% REGO backed renewable electricity, we were able to declare zero Scope 2 emissions, from July 2020 onwards. This reduced our carbon emissions by 11.2% in just four months.
When combined with the significant reduction in consumption as a result of Covid-19 restrictions, our CO₂ emissions decreased by 40.2% in the 12 months to December 2020.
Green CO₂ supply
We’ve made the switch to a 100% renewable and sustainable CO₂ supply – both in St Austell and at our sister site, Hare Brewery – home of Bath Ales. CO₂ is a crucial component in the brewing and production process. Examples of its uses include the carbonation of our packaged beers, the purging of road tankers, and the pressurising of kegs.
Our new supply is sourced locally from green energy specialist, BioCarbonics Ltd, which generates green CO₂ from maize grown in the South West. The maize is broken down naturally via a process called anaerobic digestion, which produces the gas. Being a local supplier also reduces road miles. Read more about our supply here.
Our solar arrays at St Austell Brewery, Hare Brewery, and our Central Distribution Centre produced enough electricity to power over 100 homes in 2020, reducing our emissions by over 90 tonnes of CO₂. We hope to implement further projects to strengthen our renewable credentials in future, as technology in this area continues to develop.