MillerCoors heads towards sustainability
- By 2010, the average distance a beer shipment will travel to market will be reduced by nearly 20 percent and result in 45 million fewer miles traveled annually – a reduction of nearly 75,000 tons of carbon emissions. This is partly because of the merger between Miller and Coors. More factories in more locations mean fewer miles traveled.
- MillerCoors is working on a pilot program with farmers in Idaho to grow winter barley. The barley ripens earlier in the year because it can be planted in the fall and tolerates the harshness of winter. Less water and electricity are used in the irrigation process - an impact of 2.7 million gallons of water and 1,750 kilowatt hours of electricity.
- The established water usage target set by the United Nations Environment Program for brewers worldwide is 5.00 barrels of water for each barrel of beer produced. In 2008, MillerCoors recorded a 4.10:1.00 water-to-beer ratio. In 2010, they will aim to reduce that ratio to 3.96:1:00.
- At their Georgia brewery, employees formed a recycling and sustainability team that focuses solely on solid waste reduction. They created a wood recycling program that allows for all wood scraps to be turned into yard mulch and established a new program for recycling plastics of all kinds – hard hats, safety glasses, conveyor chains and stretch wraps.
- Over the past several years, employee volunteers have collectively posted more than 60,000 hours per year.
- MillerCoors Free Rides™ is a program that leverages public transportation in key cities to offer a free and safe transit method, timed around major holiday celebrations and local events. 1.8 million people have taken advantage of this program.
- They are saving 10.4 million pounds of aluminum per year and $10.1 million due to a small reduction in the diameter of aluminum can ends.
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