Anheuser-Busch (AB-InBev) is responding in a big way to climate change warnings. The major beer corporation announced that it would be committing to 100 percent renewable energy sources by the year 2025. The end result would make Anheuser-Busch the largest “direct purchaser of renewable electricity in the global goods sector.” In total, their energy usage would shift six terawatt-hours of electricity annually to renewable sources like solar and wind.
“Climate change has profound implications for our company and for the communities where we live and work,” AB InBev CEO Carlos Brito said in a statement. “Cutting back on fossil fuels is good for the environment and good for business, and we are committed to helping drive positive change. We have the opportunity to play a leading role in the battle against climate change by purchasing energy in a more sustainable way.”
Approximately 75 to 80 percent of their new energy purchases would come from clean energy power purchasing agreements, while the rest would come from changes to their factories, like the installation of on-site solar panels.
Other large beer companies like MillerCoors have also taken the energy-efficient plunge. In 2015, MillerCoors built the largest solar panel farm of any U.S. brewery at their headquarters in Irwindale, California.