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.

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…

Energy & Climate

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…

Water Stewardship

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…

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.

Meet Leticia Acosta and Paul Bowen

Member Spotlight: Leticia Acosta and Paul Bowen

Welcome to our series aimed at spotlighting the individual leaders within BIER member companies and stakeholder organizations. This new year marks the 15 year anniversary of The Beverage Industry Environmental Roundtable. Building on its success, in 2021 BIER is led by two inaugural co-chairs: Leticia Acosta and Paul Bowen. Leticia Acosta is a newer BIER member; whereas Paul Bowen is a founding member of BIER and recently retired from Coca-Cola. Enjoy this insightful interview as both share their knowledge, experiences, and visions for the year ahead.

Water Circularity Metric Tool and Guidance

Beverage Industry Environmental Roundtable (BIER) Releases Water Circularity Metrics Tool and Guidance

The Water Circularity Metrics Tool is a scenario-based tool providing a practical methodology for businesses to adopt a common metric for water circularity at a facility and enterprise level.

BIER and 2020: The Year in Review

BIER and 2020: The Year in Review

The members of the Beverage Industry Environmental Roundtable (BIER) have maintained a steady and unwavering focus in 2020 acting as a common voice across the beverage sector, speaking to influence global standards on environmental sustainability aspects, and sharing best practices that raise the bar for the sustainable performance of the industry.

Meet David Grant

Member Spotlight: David Grant

Meet David Grant and discover how his company, Pepsico, is addressing pressing challenges around water, energy, agriculture, climate change, and what inspires them to advance environmental sustainability in the beverage sector and collectively, overall.

Facility Decarbonization Playbook

The Beverage Industry Environmental Roundtable (BIER) Releases The Facility Decarbonization Playbook

In response to a world progressively seeking to move towards low carbon economies, the Beverage Industry Environmental Roundtable (BIER) has published The Facility Decarbonization Playbook.

Meet Julie Starr

Member Spotlight: Julie Starr

Meet Julie Starr and discover how her company, Taiga Company, is addressing pressing challenges around water, energy, agriculture, climate change, and what inspires them to advance environmental sustainability in the beverage sector and collectively, overall.

Meet Carolina García Arbeláez

Member Spotlight: Carolina García Arbeláez

Meet Carolina García Arbeláez and discover how her company, AB InBev is addressing pressing challenges around water, energy, agriculture, climate change, and what inspires each of them to advance environmental sustainability in the beverage sector and collectively, overall.

Meet Hugh Share

Stakeholder Spotlight: Hugh Share

Meet Hugh Share, Sustainability/water stewardship collaborator and cycling advocate for people with disabilities and learn how his company, Share Sustainability, is addressing pressing challenges around water, energy, agriculture, climate change and what inspires him to advance environmental sustainability in the beverage sector and collectively, overall.

Meet Karen Kennedy

Member Spotlight: Karen Kennedy

Meet Karen Kennedy and discover how her company, PepsiCo is addressing pressing challenges around water, energy, agriculture, climate change, and what inspires each of them to advance environmental sustainability in the beverage sector and collectively, overall.

Meet Leticia Acosta

Member Spotlight: Leticia Acosta

Meet Leticia Acosta and discover how her company, Constellation Brands is addressing pressing challenges around water, energy, agriculture, climate change, and what inspires each of them to advance environmental sustainability in the beverage sector and collectively, overall.

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. BIER aims to affect sector change through work focused on water stewardship, energy efficiency and climate change, beverage container recycling, sustainable agriculture, and ecosystem services. BIER members include: American Beverage Association, Anheuser-Busch InBev, Bacardi, Beam Suntory, Brown-Forman, Carlsberg Group, The Coca-Cola Company, Constellation Brands, Diageo, Heineken, Keurig Dr Pepper, MillerCoors, Molson Coors, Ocean Spray Cranberries, PepsiCo, and Pernod Ricard.

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