BrewDog is now ‘carbon negative’

By Nikkie Thatcher

- Last updated on GMT

Sustainability scheme: BrewDog has announced it plans to become carbon negative
Sustainability scheme: BrewDog has announced it plans to become carbon negative

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Scottish brewer and operator BrewDog has announced it takes twice as much carbon out of the air as it emits in a bid to become the “world’s first carbon negative international beer business”.

The multiple operator has also said to help reduce carbon emissions, it had bought 2,050 acres of land in the Scottish Highlands, just north of Loch Lomond, which is currently used as grazing land.

It is aiming to create 1,500 acres of broadleaf native woodlands and an ecosystem with the Woodland Carbon Code accreditation programme.

Over the next few years, the brewer and operator is looking to plant more than 1m trees in the BrewDog Forest.

Sustainability plan

The forest will also play host to a sustainable campsite, which will host sustainability retreats and workshops for the general public as well as inviting its 130,000 Equity Punks investors to help with tree planting from early next year.

This was announced at BrewDog’s EGM last weekend (Saturday 22 August) where it revealed its Make Earth Great Again ​sustainability report with carbon offset expert Mike Berners Lee.

It also revealed a plethora of green infrastructure projects currently underway at BrewDog which included its brewery and UK bars now being wind powered.

Green projects

In addition, it said it turns spent grain into green as, which powers the brewery and it is building an onsite anaerobic digester to turn wastewater into clean water and produce food-grade CO2 to carbonate its beers.

BrewDog is also investing in the electrification of its vehicle fleet and through its investment in local brewing sites across the UK, EU, USA and Australia, it has reduce the miles its beer is travelling to reach drinkers.

BrewDog co-founder James Watt said: “Our carbon. Our problem. So, we are going to fix it ourselves. Huge change is needed right now and we want to be a catalyst for that change in our industry and beyond.

"We fully acknowledge 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.”

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