BIER Presents Carbon Footprint Research
In an effort to accelerate understanding of beverage sector impacts on climate change and identify reduction priorities for greenhouse gas emissions, the Beverage Industry Environmental Roundtable (BIER) has published its research on carbon footprints for five beverage categories – beer, bottled water, carbonated soft drink, spirits and wine. The research is presented in a series of reports each including boundary assumptions, emission calculation details, secondary data sources and impact analyses discussions for each beverage category in Europe and North America.
"The category models being released today are a good example of how companies can work together to promote environmental sustainability,” said Robert ter Kuile, Senior Director of Environmental Sustainability, PepsiCo. “This research will help PepsiCo, our fellow BIER member companies, our customers, and the broader beverage industry to identify new opportunities for sustainable business practices that conserve resources, reduce emissions and protect the environment."
The carbon modeling and analysis contained within the reports is based, in large part, on data from BIER member companies through their independent business evaluations, such as life cycle assessments and greenhouse gas inventories. The research is intended to identify those aspects of the beverage value chain that contribute significantly to the overall carbon footprint of a product and to evaluate the sensitivity of the carbon footprint to modifications in material or production practices such as packaging material selection, distribution logistics and recycling rates.
"As leaders in the beverage industry, we acknowledge our responsibility to transparency and commitment to advancing environmental sustainability of the sector through data collection and best practice sharing,” says Tod Christenson, Director, BIER. “This research provides stakeholders with valuable insight into the important drivers of carbon footprinting for beverages and will monumentally benefit discussions on hotspot identification, product category rules and metrics for greater environmental stewardship."
Download Research on the Carbon Footprint of Beer
Download Research on the Carbon Footprint of Bottled Water
Download Research on the Carbon Footprint of Carbonated Soft Drinks
Download Research on the Carbon Footprint of Spirits
Download Research on the Carbon Footprint of Wine
For more information, please contact:
Tod D. Christenson
Director, Beverage Industry Environmental Roundtable
+1 612 850 8609