Saving the planet one grain at a time. Progress towards Zero Carbon Brewing and Distilling industries


At the start of 2020 and in the wake of environmental pressure groups such as Extinction Rebellion and the activities of Greta Thunberg, the environment was set to become the defining issue for this decade.   As we know, the news was quickly superseded by the ravages of the Corona Virus and drama surrounding the US Presidential Election with the prominence given to environmental issues being forced off the news agenda. The devastating effect of human impact on the environment, especially climate change, has not gone away and will emerge centre stage following the US re-engaging with the Paris Agreement, the G7 meeting in Cornwall in June and COP26 in Glasgow in November.  Environment and climate change will assume central stage again and each industry and business will be defined by the efforts made to ensure they have a realistic plan to become carbon zero within 20-30 years and not rely on offsetting..

BFBi (Brewing, Food & Beverage Industry Suppliers’ Association) and IBD (Institute of Brewing & Distilling) decided to hold an Environmental Conference on 22nd April 2021 (World Earth Day) in Cambridge with the support of representatives from all major UK alcoholic beverage members organisations, including the BBPA (British Beer & Pub Association), MAGB (Maltsters Association of Great Britain) and SWA (Scotch Whisky Association) and world class speakers lined up.   With Covid19 driving a postponement of a face to face conference to 22nd April 2022, BFBi and IBD did not wish to miss an opportunity to engage with industry and are holding an inaugural virtual webinar on the original date, 22nd April, as outlined in the attached flyer.

Alcoholic beverage producers are not the largest generators of carbon emissions, but they do make a significant contribution, with customers and investors expecting to see industry taking the necessary measures to reduce their contribution to global carbon emissions.   Resolving these problems will not be achieved through one or two conferences and requires an ongoing journey, engaging practical operators and sharing best practice.  It is hoped this initiative will encourage other organisations to hold complementary seminars, workshops and meetings to help our industry to achieve carbon zero status by or before 2050.

This webinar will be followed by two more; the first at BeerX Virtual (16,17,18 March 2021) and a live session at BevExpo 2021, 8th & 9th June, Manchester Central.  If Manchester Central is unable to take place, due to continued covid restrictions, a virtual webinar will replace it.

Future topics include:

  • What is meant by carbon zero?
  • What is required to achieve carbon zero and how to measure your carbon footprint
  • Journeys taken to achieve carbon zero
  • Can carbon zero be achieved on or before 2050?
  • Interactive sessions with expert panel support.

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