The Tadcaster Tower Brewery is set to benefit from “significant investment and infrastructure upgrades” over the next two years, increasing its brewing capacity using “more advanced and energy-efficient equipment”, MCBC stated.
In addition, the Tadcaster brewery, which employs more than 100 people, also recently saw the completion of a new carbon dioxide recovery facility, which will be operational in early 2024.
MP for Selby and Ainsty, Kier Mather, who recently visited the brewery, described MCBC as “setting a fantastic example” in Tadcaster.
Source of pride
He said: “[MCBC has] shown a real willingness to invest for the benefit of its colleagues, the local community and the environment.
“It’s a source of pride that such iconic brands are made right here on our doorstep, using the very latest technology as together we all work towards a net zero future.”
In 2021, MCBC, which is known for producing beers such as Carling, Coors, Madri and Worthington’s, became the first major UK brewer to switch to 100% renewable electricity.
The brewer now gets its electricity production from 22 wind turbines at the Tween Bridge wind farm in South Yorkshire, less than 40 miles from the Tadcaster Brewery.
Having hit its commitment to reduce carbon emissions across its direct operations by 50% by 2025 four years ahead of schedule, the business has now aimed to reach net zero scope 1 and 2 emissions across all UK sites by 2035.
Molson Coors brewery director at Tadcaster Stephen Moore said: “Carbon dioxide is released during the beer fermentation process, but instead of entering the atmosphere, we will soon be able to recover and transfer carbon dioxide within the brewery before it’s purified and compressed into a liquid for storage.
“From there it will be turned back into gas to be used in the packaging process, where it will be injected into the fermented product, giving our beer its signature fizz. This will make us more self-sufficient and play an important part in reducing our emissions.
“This is a landmark moment in our history, and as we prepare to ramp up production in the months and years ahead, it means we can keep making the nation’s favourite beer brands while reducing our impact on the environment.”