Brewdog ‘carbon negative’ with plans for Highlands forest

Brewdog claims to have become “carbon negative” with plans to plant a 2,000 acre forest and £30 million investment in green infrastructure projects.

The brewer already uses wind power to generate electricity for its brewery and bars and converts spent grain into gas to power the brewery.

Its vehicle fleet is being electrified and it is turning waste water into clean water and food grade carbon dioxide for its beers.

Brewdog has been working with Mike Berners-Lee of Small World Consulting, a leading academic and expert on carbon footprinting, to develop its plans which it says will see it remove twice as much carbon from the air as it emits.

Brewdog Forest will be developed on over 2,000 acres of land in the Scottish Highlands, north of Loch Lomond, where it will eventually plant over 1 million trees.

Berners-Lee said: “After decades of inaction we have a full-on climate crisis on our hands.

“The scale and speed of the change we now need is enormous, and cuts right across politics, business and every corner of society.

“The good news is that if we are smart about our transition, we can make our lives better at the same time as making them more sustainable.

“Brewdog is giving some of the leadership the world so badly needs.”

He added that the brewer was “raising the bar for the business world, both in their strong carbon cutting action and their straight talking”.

Brewdog co-founder James Watt added: “Huge change is needed right now, and we want to be a catalyst for that change in our industry and beyond.

“We fully acknowledge that we are a long way from perfect. However, we are determined to rapidly and fundamentally change everything as we work hard to ensure we have a positive impact on the planet.

“The scientific consensus is clear: we are sleepwalking off the edge of a cliff.

“Unless the world confronts the urgent carbon problem, science tells us that the results will be catastrophic.

“There has been too much bullshit for too long. Governments have proved completely inept in the face of this crisis.

“The change our world and society needs, has to come from progressive business and we want to play our role and nail our colours to the mast.”

David Robertson, director of Scottish Woodlands, said: “Woodland creation of this scale is at the forefront of the fight to sequester atmospheric carbon in the UK and the Brewdog Forest will be one of the largest native woodlands created in the UK for many years.”