The Beverage Industry Environmental Roundtable

The Beverage Industry Environmental Roundtable (BIER) is a technical coalition of leading global beverage companies working together to advance environmental sustainability within the beverage sector.

Beverage Industry Environmental Roundable

Today, more than ever, commitment to delivering safe, high quality beverage products carries with it a responsibility to sustain the natural resources used to create them. Operational strategies must assume a proactive approach that seeks to reduce impacts to the environment and mitigate risk across the supply chain from grower to manufacturer to consumer.

Founded in 2006, BIER exists to bring about positive beverage sector environmental change and inform public policy through engagement with key stakeholders and work focused on business-relevant environmental dimensions including water, energy & climate, beverage container recycling, sustainable agriculture, and eco-system services.

BIER is unique in its collaborative approach of accelerating the process of analysis to the development of sustainable solutions through beverage industry-specific data collection, methodologies, standard setting, and best practice sharing.

About BIER

The Beverage Industry Environmental Roundtable (BIER) brings together global leaders in the beverage industry to advance the sectors environmental sustainability. Learn more about how BIER works to reduce consumption, mitigate impacts, and ensure sustainable continuity and future of the beverage sector.

Sustainable Coolers Coolition

Promoting the sustainable use and protection of water is a business imperative that BIER is founded on and its members work collectively to share innovative approaches, tools and methodologies for assessing both the technical and business aspects of water within their operations…

Charco Bendito Collaborative Watershed Project

Promoting the sustainable use and protection of water is a business imperative that BIER is founded on and its members work collectively to share innovative approaches, tools and methodologies for assessing both the technical and business aspects of water within their operations…

Climate Change & Scenarios

As climate change legislation advances throughout the world, beverage companies are proactively driving strategies to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions associated with their enterprises as well as the life-cycles of their products. Through the allied voice of BIER, members collaborate…

Future Scenarios Planning

The Beverage Industry Environmental Roundtable (BIER) recently completed a future scenarios thinking and planning exercise related to environmental sustainability in 2025. Through this exercise, BIER identified two primary aspects that will, at their core, define the future…

Energy Management

Energy Management is the process of monitoring, regulating and conserving energy in a facility or across an enterprise. In the beverage sector, being more productive while using less energy has never been a greater priority given the following factors…

Stakeholder Engagement

Environmental sustainability requires that beverage companies look beyond their own operations and engage with a wide-range of stakeholders. Engagement ensures that BIER maintains a holistic understanding of critical environmental issues, our ability to influence…

Benchmarking

BIER conducts an annual quantitative and qualitative benchmark study that examines water and energy use in the beverage sector. These studies provide insight into water stewardship practices and energy efficiency performance. To establish the data set, BIER member companies…

Ecosystem Services

BIER member companies acknowledge the important role that they play in understanding, protecting, and enhancing the services and biodiversity that ecosystems provide. Recognizing and integrating the value provided by nature into decision making and business planning…

Sustainable Agriculture

Beverage Industry Environmental Roundtable members define sustainable agriculture as the responsible stewardship of farming while balancing these three critical dimensions: Business value, Environmental and social impacts, and Need for unique ingredients. Balancing these key…

Beverage Container Recycling

Packaging accounts for the largest percentage of a beverage product’s carbon footprint–between 30% and 70%, depending on the material type used, whether aluminum, glass, or PET. In addition, approximately 6% of all packaging waste by weight in municipal waste streams is…

BIER Members

Through the market leadership of members, BIER positions itself as the sustainable voice of the beverage industry. These partnerships generate positive awareness among key stakeholders and consumers alike on efforts towards sustainable solutions.

BIER members gather for a meeting at Pernod Ricard.

Collaboration in Action: BIER’s May Meeting Advancing Environmental Sustainability in the Beverage Sector

BIER members met in person at Pernod Ricard’s headquarters this May to network, discuss, and develop solutions to advance the sector’s environmental sustainability. These face-to-face interactions accelerate progress and foster deeper collaboration among the members.

The Beverage Industry Environmental Roundtable Welcomes New Member Asahi Group Holdings

The Beverage Industry Environmental Roundtable (BIER) welcomes new member Asahi Group Holdings. BIER is a technical coalition of leading global beverage companies working together to advance environmental sustainability within the beverage sector. Joining members,...
Earth Day 2024

Celebrating Earth Day By Addressing Sustainable Commercial Refrigeration with BIER’s Coolition

Earth Day, celebrated annually on April 22nd, serves as a global reminder of the importance of environmental protection and sustainability. The day aims to raise awareness about environmental issues, advocate for positive change, and inspire individuals and communities to take action to protect the planet.

World Water Day 2024

BIER Celebrates World Water Day 2024

The importance of water cannot be underestimated. In the beverage sector, water is paramount. Beverage companies not only rely on water as an essential ingredient in each of their products, but also as a primary source for many of their production processes. On a global scale, water can be a tool for peace when communities and countries cooperate over this precious shared resource. However, it can also spark and intensify conflict when access is denied and usage is unfairly shared.

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The Beverage Industry Environmental Roundtable Releases the True Cost of Water Toolkit 3.0

The Beverage Industry Environmental Roundtable (BIER) released The True Cost of Water Toolkit 3.0 to help beverage facilities better estimate their “true cost” of water.

The Beverage Industry Environmental Roundtable (BIER) Issues Results of 2023 Water, Energy, and Greenhouse Gas Emissions Benchmarking Study

The Beverage Industry Environmental Roundtable (BIER) completed its 12th global benchmarking study – a comprehensive quantitative and qualitative analysis of water, energy, and emissions efficiency in the beverage industry.

BIER's 2023 Reflections

BIER’s 2023 Reflections Inspiring Environmental Sustainability in the Beverage Industry in 2024

The Beverage Industry Environmental Roundtable (BIER) continued in its 17th year, aiming to reduce resource consumption, mitigate impacts, and ensure sustainable continuity and the future of the global beverage industry.

In Gratitude

In Gratitude: How BIER’s Stakeholder Organizations Promote Collective Change

For the past 17 years, BIER has been the model of industry collaboration and has continuously advanced the development of sustainable solutions through beverage industry-specific data collection, methodologies, standard-setting, best practice sharing, and thought leadership.

Reflections Seeding the Future

BIER Member Spotlights – Reflections Seeding the Future

As we enter the final quarter of 2023, not only do we find ourselves reflecting on recent events such as World Water Week and Climate Week NYC, but most organizations are in the planning stages for the coming year. These reflections combine to generate the coming year and multi- year’s focus, goals, and commitments.

WWW Charco Bendito

Charco Bendito: BIER’s Unprecedented Watershed Collaboration in Jalisco, Mexico at World Water Week

World Water Week is the leading conference on global water issues, held every year since 1991. A non-profit event, co-created with leading organizations, World Water Week attracts a diverse mix of participants from many professional backgrounds and every corner of the world.

The Beverage Industry Environmental Roundtable (BIER) is a technical coalition of leading global beverage companies working together to advance environmental sustainability within the beverage sector. Formed in 2006, BIER is a common voice across the beverage sector, speaking to influence global standards on environmental sustainability aspects most relevant to the sector, affect change both up and down the supply chain and share best practices that raise the bar for environmental performance of the industry. By doing so, BIER is able to monitor data and trends, engage with key stakeholders, develop best practices, and guide a course of action for the future.

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