KENYA – East African Breweries PLC (EABL), a regional beverage manufacturer of branded beer, spirits, and non-alcoholic beverages, has proudly announced a significant milestone in its sustainability endeavors.
Over the past year, the company has successfully reduced its carbon emissions by an impressive 55%, a remarkable achievement attributed to EABL’s strategic investment in renewable energy, specifically the implementation of biomass steam plants in Uganda and Kenya.
The installation of four biomass boilers at the Kisumu and Tusker Plants represented a substantial investment totaling Kshs. 4.6 billion.
The biomass plant at Uganda Breweries Limited required a total investment of Kshs. 1.6 billion, according to a statement from the Nairobi-based maker of Tusker, Bell and Serengeti beer brands.
As a result of these initiatives, renewable energy now constitutes a substantial 64.86% of EABL’s energy sources, a substantial increase from the 25.8% recorded in 2022.
These well-placed investments have significantly contributed to the reduction of EABL’s carbon footprint and the promotion of cleaner energy alternatives.
Soipan Tuya, the Cabinet Secretary for the Ministry of Environment, Climate Change, and Forestry, commended EABL for its commitment to environmentally friendly manufacturing.
She lauded EABL for its dedication to responsible environmental practices, which encompassed not only carbon reduction but also reduced water and energy consumption and minimized waste generation.
Tuya emphasized the crucial role of public-private partnerships in achieving sustainability goals, as well as the pivotal contribution of African businesses to global decarbonization efforts.
EABL’s Chairman, Martin Oduor-Otieno, highlighted the company’s comprehensive “Grain-to-Glass Sustainability” approach noting that the approach signified EABL’s commitment to sustainability throughout its entire supply chain.
Despite Africa’s relatively modest contribution to global greenhouse gas emissions, EABL acknowledged its responsibility in transitioning its operations towards net-zero emissions by 2030.
Jane Karuku, EABL Group MD and CEO, underscored the substantial progress made in reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 55% compared to 2022.
Meanwhile, EABL has set an ambitious objective of reducing its scope 3 emissions by 50%. To achieve this goal, EABL is actively supporting emission reduction opportunities across its supply chain while embracing a more collaborative and circular approach to sourcing materials and services.
As EABL advances its sustainability agenda, the reduction in carbon emissions and the significant increase in renewable energy usage underscore the company’s dedication to environmentally responsible practices.
EABL’s achievements contribute not only to national sustainability goals but also align with the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
According to the group, its major aim is to continue playing a pivotal role in promoting sustainability and a balanced lifestyle while actively contributing to the global effort to combat climate change.