South African Breweries drops Eskom in pursuit of renewable energy

Posted by Taylah Strauss on 28 October 2021

South African Breweries (SAB) announced their plans to brew using completely renewable resources by 2025. This announcement came after a recent bout of load-shedding.

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According to their website, Castle Lite aims to lessen the strain on the power grid and their carbon footprint in general by using electricity generated by the sun and biogas.

Colleen Duvenage, Castle Lite’s brand director said in a statement, ‘We know how important sustainability and our environmental future is for South Africa, but sometimes, it feels like such a big task that we can’t do anything to make a difference.

‘Our consumers can do their bit by choosing a beer that is not only hugely enjoyable and super refreshing, but is also reducing its load on the national power supply with its production, ensuring there is more to go around,’ she added.

SAB’s holding company, Anheuser-Busch InBev (AB InBev), pioneered their renewable energy programme in 2020, and set up solar power at its Chamdor Brewery in Krugersdorp. Since then, they have expanded this programme into all seven breweries in South Africa.

According to Business Insider, for AB InBev to meet their target of 100% renewable energy by 2025, they’d require more than 23 000 solar panels to generate a total of 191 MW.

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