I can't help it, but I tend to fall on the side of skepticism when I hear of a huge corporation putting out a "green" product. More often than not it involves a little improvement and doesn't really push the envelope...so when I read that Anheuser-Busch is "pouring 5 million green beers next year", I held back the urge to yawn...but I'm glad I did. Turns out the massive brewer is doing something pretty interesting.
From Environmental Leader:
"The company is currently installing alternative energy technology at its Houston and Fairfield breweries, which will be operational by year end. Once completed 10 out 12 Anheuser-Busch breweries in the U.S. will be powered by alternative energy.
The Fairfield brewery will generate 15 percent of its fuel needs from a bio-energy recovery system, which turns brewing wastewater into fuel. Three percent of the brewery’s electricity needs will be generated on-site through solar panels."
These are the kinds of stories that point to a nice marriage of sustainable business with innovation--using a bi-product of the product to power the equipment to make the beer?! Yes!
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