Budweiser APAC advances towards 2025 sustainability goals, and fosters global climate collaboration

COP28 is underway from 30 Nov to 12 Dec at Expo City Dubai. With over 70,000 representatives from 197 countries in attendance, COP28 marks a significant moment for the global community to unite around concrete climate action.

Jan Clysner, vice-president of Sustainability & Procurement, Budweiser APAC shared the company’s efforts to 2025 sustainability goals at COP28

Led by Jan Clysner, vice-president of Sustainability and Procurement, the Budweiser APAC Delegation has participated in various forums and dialogues focusing on public-private partnerships for climate change. This underscores the commitment to supporting and contributing to international dialogues on climate change. Bud APAC has shared its perspective, clear sustainability strategy, and actions taken across the value chain to reduce emissions.

“At a time when environmental consciousness and sustainability are paramount, Bud APAC will continue spearheading efforts to support carbon neutrality goals set by governments across APAC. As the region’s largest brewer, we acknowledge our crucial role and are making clear progress towards achieving net-zero across the value chain by 2040,” said Clysner.

Addressing the climate challenge through value chain decarbonisation

While aiming for net-zero by 2040, Bud APAC has set a 2025 Climate Action Goal to source 100% of its purchased electricity from renewable sources. The company aims to reduce 25% of carbon emissions across the value chain and achieve a 35% reduction in absolute Scope 1 and 2 emissions.

Bud APAC’s central sustainability tactic focuses on deep decarbonisation within its operations. It has identified crucial priorities and opportunities, centering its climate change mitigation strategy on establishing eco-friendly breweries and close collaboration with suppliers. The goal is to create a value chain ecosystem to jointly address climate change and related challenges.

Bud APAC is also integrating renewable energy sources to achieve RE100 (100% renewable electricity) and carbon neutrality across its operations. By 2022, it has achieved 43% contracted renewable energy in China and 36.5% across APAC. By 2022, it has achieved two carbon-neutral breweries in China, the Wuhan and Jinzhou breweries. Additionally, four of its breweries have achieved RE100 in China, and 17 breweries in APAC have installed solar panels.

By the end of 2022, Bud APAC achieved a 19.7% reduction in carbon emissions intensity per hectoliter across its value chain from the 2017 baseline. In-house operations saw a 49.6% reduction per hectoliter, with overall operational carbon emissions dropping by 45.9%, surpassing the company’s 35% reduction target four years ahead of schedule.

Building a resilient future with partners

Bud APAC is sharing decarbonisation learnings and best practices with its value chain partners. It’s adopting the Supplier Strategic Alliance (SSA), Vendor Strategic Alliance (VSA), and Logistics Supplier Strategic Alliance (LSSA) to actively help suppliers reduce their emissions. The company is carrying out renewable energy transition programs and carbon emission management and capacity-building projects.

Starting with China, Bud APAC plans to expand its decarbonisation initiative to other APAC markets and empower partners across the supply chain to achieve a low-carbon transition.

"We will continue operating our 100+ innovation lab with diverse stakeholders to enhance the green ecosystem. Open to new technologies and embracing change, we're committed to collaborating with partners, start-ups, policymakers, and academic institutions to strengthen a shared ecosystem for our collective journey towards decarbonisation," said Clysner.