It's widely known that the processes involved in running a brewery are not the most friendly to our environment. Water wastage, energy consumption, and the transportation of ingredients, or indeed, the finished beer to its final destination, all add to the brewery's carbon footprint.
Since setting up back in 1994, we've always been aware of our need to brew in a sustainable fashion and have various practices in place which reflect this, but there's always more that can be done. Going into 2022, we are looking at ways in which we can improve our daily operations and contribute to the ongoing battle against climate change. So, what are we doing at present...
Here's something we're really proud of! - Installed in 2017, almost every inch of the brewery roof is covered by our solar array, capable of generating up to 30kw of electricity. This has been our biggest effort in bringing our carbon footprint down and it is hugely successful, and something few other breweries in the UK can boast about. On a clear, sunny day, we can draw all the electricity we need from these panels.
Other efforts in lowering our energy consumption include recovering the water we use to cool the wort so that it can be used to brew the following day. As the water is already heated by the wort on its way to the tank, it's almost at the temperature we need it to be for mashing in. This means we don't need to use an excessive amount of gas to heat the water.