“BRINGING TOGETHER LEADERS IN THE BEVERAGE INDUSTRY TO ADVANCE THE SECTOR’S ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY.”

About bier – OUR ROLE IN THE GLOBAL BEVERAGE INDUSTRY

The Beverage Industry Environmental Roundtable works to reduce consumption, mitigate impacts, and ensure sustainable continuity and future of the global beverage industry.

BIER brings together global leaders in the beverage industry to advance the sector’s environmental sustainability by:

  • Serving as a technical resource and knowledge base
  • Being a conduit for transparency throughout the value chain
  • Establishing robust relationships with strategic stakeholders
  • Fostering sustainability collaborations within the sector
  • Maintaining membership that is representative of the industry

We are 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.

Through the collective experience and knowledge of its membership, BIER collaborates to define the environmental sustainability aspects most relevant to the beverage sector. 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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Work Streams

Currently, BIER is focused on the following environmental sustainability work streams within the global beverage industry:

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…

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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