BIER Issues Select Results of 2011 Water Use Benchmarking Study
Clean, high-quality water is the essential ingredient for all beverage products. Accordingly, beverage companies continually focus on water use avoidance and conservation to ensure this resource is managed responsibly.
BIER has recently completed its fifth annual quantitative benchmark to evaluate water use and efficiency performance across more than 1,600 beverage manufacturing facilities. BIER undertakes this annual benchmarking study to more clearly understand water use drivers and impacts and to demonstrate improvement as an industry sector in water stewardship efforts. Members utilize the benchmark data to support their individual water conservation programs.
For the second year in a row, BIER membership has elected to share select results of this study with external stakeholders in support of transparency and open communication around environmental sustainability performance. The report, Water Use Benchmarking in the Beverage Industry: Trends and Observations 2011, shares some of the water use and performance metrics collected during the study, including an evaluation of facility performance in water scarce regions. Additionally, the report presents important steps BIER members are taking to expand water stewardship beyond their four walls by accounting for water use in the supply chain.
The study aggregates facility-specific data from each member company covering the past three years of operations and analyzes results by four distinct beverage production facilities: bottling, brewery, distillery and winery. Further, assessment of water risk and opportunities as well as some of the best practices employed to drive water use avoidance and efficiency are summarized.
BIER plans to begin its sixth annual benchmarking study in June 2012.
For more information, please contact:
Tod D. Christenson
Director, Beverage Industry Environmental Roundtable
+1 612 850 8609