This commitment represents Diageo's largest investment in the environment for decades, reaffirming our commitment to reducing our carbon footprint and tackling climate change.
Here are the highlights:
- The investment will touch 11 of Diageo's African breweries
- It will provide new initiatives for solar, biomass and water recovery.
- new infrastructure designed to improve the long-term sustainability of the African Diageo supply chain in seven countries.
Ivan Menezes, CEO of Diageo, stated: "We believe that this is one of the largest single investments in addressing climate change across multiple markets in the Sub-Sahara. .It demonstrates the strength of our commitment to resilience of the pioneers of glass-glass and to positively impact the communities in which they live and work. We have a responsibility as a local manufacturer and employer in Africa to grow our business sustainably – creating shared value – and this significant investment continues our work to provide sustainable solutions for our local supply chains. "
The investment includes:
- a commitment to switching to renewable energy at three African breweries in Kenya and Uganda.
- New biomass boilers will replace heavy fuel oil using sustainable fuel alternatives such as sawdust and rice husks to generate steam for breweries, reducing carbon emissions by 42,000 tonnes (equivalent to tens of thousands of cars being taken away) )
- New facilities for recovery, treatment and reuse in five locations in Africa, including Kenya, Uganda and Nigeria, saving over two billion cubic liters of water annually.
- solar installations for the provision of renewable electricity in 12 breweries in six countries. These solar panels will produce up to 20% of each brewery's electricity consumption.
It will cover 11 sites in seven countries, including Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, South Africa, Seychelles, Nigeria and Ghana. In Kenya, Diageo's brand new brewery Kisumu already has solar and water treatment facilities installed to ensure that its operations have minimal impact from the outset. With 100% renewable energy and the highest water efficiency, we believe Tusker will be the most environmentally sustainable brewery in Sub-Saharan Africa.
The CEO of Diageo, Ivan Menezes, added:
"We have set ambitious environmental goals that are aligned with the United Nations global development goals and our efforts to meet them by 2020. The pace continues. Progress includes a 45% reduction in our carbon footprint and a 44% reduction in water consumption over the last decade, while we are also now looking towards the future and how we continue after 2020 with this investment. “