Beverage Industry Presents Results On Water and Energy Sustainability

(3BL Media/Justmeans) - ​ Manufacturing drinks can be water and energy intensive. According to the Water Footprint Network, it can take around 300 liters of water to make one liter of beer for example and other beverages are similarly thirsty. As a manufacturing industry, it also requires massive amounts of electricity. For that reason, the beverage industry is​ working hard improve sustainability standards​ and be more economical.​

In order to highlight recent advances, the appropriately named BIER (Beverage Industry Environmental Roundtable (BIER)​ has compiled the latest results against benchmarks established by the industry. Called '​​2016 Water and Energy Use Benchmarking Study​'​, ​it is the ninth edition of the report on key performance data from 19 participating companies and nearly 1,500 facilities across the globe.​

The data used refers to 2011, 2013 and 2015 and was taken from a range of facilities of different sizes and capacities. ​Of all the facilities, 71​ percent​ achieved an improvement in water use ratio and 64​ percent​ achieved an improvement in energy use ratio. ​The study indicates a bigger slice of renewable energy in the mix and signals goodwill on the industry's part to decrease their impact and reduce emissions.

“The BIER benchmarking study continues to be a valuable resource for beverage industry leader​​s evaluating energy and water use within their companies,”​ ​Laura Nelson, Consultant for Antea Group and BIER Benchmarking Project Manager​, said in a statement​. “The report shows continued dedication to transparency in the industry, making this comprehensive study an invaluable resource.”

BIER​'s next step is to improve benchmarking of carbon emissions to 'improve the quality and depth of data collected' for future analysis.

The ​2016 Water and Energy Use Benchmarking Study can be downloaded here.​