ABInbev signs 100% renewable energy deal for its UK Budweiser sites

Budweiser is to be brewed with renewable electricity following a deal between ABInbev and European solar energy company, Lightsource BP.

The deal will see ABInbev purchase 100% renewable electricity for its UK operations. The 15-year power purchase agreement (PPA) will roll out 100 megawatts of solar power, making it the largest unsubsidised solar energy deal in UK history, according to the brewer.

ABInbev’s two main UK breweries, based in Magor, South Wales and Samlesbury, Lancashire, produce more than 17 million bottles and cans of Budweiser each week.

The new solar capacity is expected to be connected by Lightsource BP at the end of 2020 and all Budweiser sold and brewed in the UK will begin to feature a new symbol to encourage consumers to choose a beer brewed with 100% renewable electricity.

The move reinforces the brewer’s global 2025 Sustainability Goals, which includes the target of a 25% reduction to carbon emissions across its full global value chain against a 2017 baseline.

Jason Warner, Zone President for Europe at ABInbev, said: “Beer has been bringing people together for 3,000 years and we want to ensure that people can continue to enjoy it for generations to come, which is why we’re committed to brewing the highest-quality beer sustainably.  

“This deal is about driving positive change in what people buy in their weekly shop, order in the pub or drink with friends. We want to build a movement towards celebrating and growing renewable electricity, and are asking our consumers, customers, colleagues, business partners and fellow companies to join us – we are making our 100% renewable electricity symbol available for any brands who share these values.”

 Nick Boyle, Group CEO at Lightsource BP, said: “Solar is cost-competitive, scalable, reliable and quick to deploy. Our partnership with ABInbev is further proof that solar power can now be delivered at a cost-competitive price. This deal will help transform the energy mix for one of the UK’s biggest brewers, contributing to the overall share of renewables production across the UK.”

“We have reached a pivotal point in the UK energy sector where unsubsidised solar is going to truly make its mark as the cheapest form of energy generation, even compared to wind. We are proud to be at the forefront of this transition with ABInbev, demonstrating that solar makes an ideal partner for corporate power.”

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