Our Work

BIER recognizes that environmental sustainability is essential to the future of the beverage industry.

Beverage companies can only maintain their viability as long as the communities in which they operate are viable as well. Environmental aspects including global water quality and supply, greenhouse gas emissions, packaging waste, food security, and biodiversity conservation are challenges, oftentimes inter-connected, that BIER works collaboratively to address, analyze and provide practical solutions for.

BIER accelerates the process of analysis to sustainable solutions development through…

  • Sector Best Practice Sharing
  • Global Standards Guidance
  • Technical Collaboration
  • Quantitative and Qualitative Benchmarking
  • Category Modeling Research

Environmental Sustainability Work Streams

Currently, BIER is focused on the following environmental sustainability work streams:

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…

Turning Information into Innovation

BIER members are leading global beverage companies that bring with them a wealth of industry knowledge and information. Through facilitated benchmarking and best practice sharing, BIER seeks to leverage its collective member expertise to create tools, methodologies, and guidance that accelerate solution development and ultimately advance the environmental sustainability of the sector.

Informing Policy and Global Standards

Recognition as the common voice of the beverage industry has afforded BIER a seat at the table during key conversations related to policy and global standard setting. BIER is actively engaged in multiple initiatives and organizations, providing technical input, influence, thought leadership and advisory on environmental sustainability topics most relevant to the sector.

Learn more about our approach to environmental sustainability solutions and the tools and best practices we’ve developed by clicking into the work streams above.

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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