With the recent release of its 2010 Sustainable Development report, brewing industry leader MillerCoors has announced that it surpassed its 2015 waste reduction goals more than five years early.

The report outlines a number of sustainability milestones and social responsibility commitments that the company set for itself in 2009, and which the brewer successfully met in the past year. Among the company’s many accomplishments are the achievement of “zero waste” at its Trenton, Ohio, and Elkton, Va., breweries, the reduction of Coors Light and Coors Banquet secondary packaging materials by approximately 11 million pounds, and a 20 percent reduction in the amount of waste sent to landfill overall.

MillerCoors, which has pledged to cut corporate-wide greenhouse gas emissions 8 percent by 2015, last year reduced their total energy consumption by 3.6 percent and lowered their greenhouse gas emissions by 1.2 percent.

Along with energy efficiency and waste reduction, the company also concentrated its efforts on water stewardship, recording a laudable ratio of 3.40 barrels of water for every barrel of beer at its Ft. Worth, Texas, brewery, and organizing its first ever Water Stewardship Month. Additionally, the brewer took steps toward reusing biogas at its Elkton, Va., brewery, a process that the company has already established at two of its four anaerobic wastewater treatment systems.

MillerCoors has focused its approach to corporate responsibility across five main categories detailed in the report: alcohol responsibility; environmental sustainability; sustainable supply chain; people and communities; and ethics and transparency. You can learn more about the brewer’s successes thus far and goals moving forward by downloading the full report, Great Beer, Great Responsibility.

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