A beer with conscience

SAB’s Alrode Brewery in the south of Johannesburg, South Africa, a plant with more than 8 million hectolitres capacity per year, is one of two local SAB Limited breweries identified as having the capability to spearhead efforts in some of the SABMiller group’s key sustainable development priorities, namely those focusing on water and energy reduction. More than 15 years ago Alrode Brewery ran at a water ratio of close to five litres of water to one litre of beer. Through a continuous process of improvement and innovation, this water ratio has been reduced to the current budgeted ratio of 3,9. Great strides too, have been taken to reduce the company’s carbon footprint.


Take note

  • Corporations around the world are increasingly taking responsibility for the impact they have on their environment.
  • Water and energy are shared resources and their sustainability must be considered by all.
  • Even beer can be made with less water and energy.


Published as: An efficient brew – sustainable development within a brewery

By J Harris, SAB Alrode Brewery, Electricity+Control, November 2011 (pgs 70 - 71)

Email:  John.Harris@za.sabmiller.com