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GIANINA SCHWANECKE
gianina.schwanecke@age.co.nz

It’s not just the government aiming to cut down carbon emissions.

DB Breweries announced plans last week to halve its carbon emissions by 2030.

The Tui Brewery in Mangatainoka makes up just one per cent of DB Breweries’ emissions but there are plans to improve efficiency onsite too, corporate affairs director Amber McEwen said.

“While the headline actions in our carbon reduction roadmap are focused on our largest sites, we will be continuing our focus on improving energy efficiency at the brewery.”

She said that the majority of the company’s carbon footprint was generated during the production process.

“We can reduce the amount of emissions in production through a variety of things, such as energy efficiencies and switching to using renewable energy.

“We’ve reduced the emissions generated in production by 47 per cent since 2008 and we will continue to build on our actions to date to reach our 2030 targets.”

Using renewable energy sources and electrifying their vehicle fleet are part of their plans to reduce emissions at their larger production sites in Auckland and Timaru.

In Wairarapa, water is one of the key areas of focus, with the Tui Brewery having reduced water consumption by about 25 per cent since 2008.

Staff also participate in extensive planting and clean-ups along the Mangatainoka River. To date, more than 2000 natives have been planted.

Managing director Peter Simons said climate change was a significant threat to the future of the planet.

“By sharing our carbon footprint and specific plans for further reduction in emissions, we hope to inspire action.”

Simons said he was proud of what had been accomplished over the past 10 years.

“Our focus now is on doing what we can to reach the critical milestones we’re aiming for over the next 10 years.”