At AB InBev Europe as part of our Global Sustainability Goals we have committed to sourcing 100% of our purchased electricity from renewable sources by 2025 to ensure our operations are helping to power a more sustainable future.
In 2022, we were proud to announce that we have achieved this ambitious goal in UK and EU three years early, and all of our beers brewed in Western Europe – including Budweiser, Corona, Stella Artois – are now brewed with 100% renewable electricity* from mix of on-site, near-site solar and wind installations and by certificated (GoOs).
In 2018 we have struck a power purchase agreement (PPA) with Lightsource BP to fund, develop and operate solar installations that generate enough electricity to brew all Budweiser beers brewed and sold in UK, connecting to grid in 2020.
After that we struck virtual power purchase agreement with BayWa r.e. in 2020 to enable brewing of all our beers in EU and UK with 100% renewable electricity. In September 2022 we have opened Solar Park in Pinos Puente, Spain, which is providing 250 gigawatt hours of renewable electricity per year, along with our partners BayWa r.e. and Verbund.
On top of this we have installed 2,117 solar panels on the roof of Leuven’s Stella Artois brewery in 2020, after installing 2,100 solar panels in Hoegaarden a year before.
The 15-year PPA with Lighthouse BP provides 100 megawatts of solar power to power breweries in UK, equivalent of powering 18,000 homes.
The 10-year VPPA with BayWa r.e is one of the largest cross-border solar energy deals in Europe to date, providing electricity from two solar parks in Spain, one of which is operated by Verbund.
The Pinos Puente Solar Park provides enough to power the equivalent of almost 670,000 European homes, or 100,000 stadium football matches. This allows us to produce over 55 million kegs of beer each year and around five million bottles of Budweiser each week.
Wind turbine powering Magor brewery provides an output of up to 3.5 megawatts, generating 9 million kilowatt hours of electricity each year – the equivalent of powering 2,300 Welsh homes – while saving more than 2,600 tonnes of CO2 emissions.
The solar panels installed on the roof of our brewery in Leuven cover an area of 3,800 m2 and produce 576,000 kWh of green energy annually. It’s enough to supply the annual consumption of about 150 families or the production of nearly 30 million 25cl beer bottles per year.
*Electricity is only one of the energy sources we use to brew our beers