Molson Coors Beverage Company has announced that it is moving its Fort Worth brewery to wind-powered, 100% renewable electricity this month.
The company says that the move will support its 2025 sustainability goals and target of reaching net-zero emissions by 2050.
Molson Coors has signed a long-term agreement with EDF Energy Services to receive approximately 72,000 megawatts of power generated by the King Creek Wind Farm in north-central Texas, which launched towards the end of last year.
With the agreement in place, Fort Worth will become Molson Coors’ first brewery in North America to be powered by 100% renewable electricity. Meanwhile, its UK business switched to 100% wind power in 2021.
Molson Coors general manager, Jim Crawford, said: “We work hard to make sure our brewery is efficient and a good steward of the environment. This project helps us to achieve both.”
He continued: “We’re seeing more and more wind-energy projects across Texas, and it’s exciting that our brewery is supplied by one of them”.
The deal provides the brewery with a reliable source of power, even when the wind is not blowing. The energy will be delivered via the local power grid with no change in service.
Rachel Schneider, Molson Coors’ vice president of sustainability, commented: “Fort Worth is our fifth-largest brewery, and it represents about 6% of our total direct emissions. Getting Fort Worth to 100% market-based renewables for electricity will have a measurable impact for us as a company.”
Molson Coors already uses biogas from its on-site anaerobic waste pre-treatment system, which supplies approximately 10% of the gas needed for the brewery’s steam boilers.
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