ElvalHalcor Hellenic Copper and Aluminum Industry SA :, Rusal, En + Group, Canpack and Budweiser announce the launch of a pilot project to produce an AB InBev beer can with the lowest carbon footprint on record
Today, Budweiser Brewing Group, the UK branch of AB InBev, together with Rusal, the Metals segment of En + Group (LSE: ENPL; MOEX: ENPG), the world’s largest producer of low carbon aluminum, Canpack, global manufacturer aluminum cans, and Elval – the aluminum rolling division of ElvalHalcor SA (Greece), announces the launch of a pilot project to produce an AB InBev beer can with the lowest carbon footprint on record.
The pilot will see the production of five million Budweiser ultra-low carbon 440ml cans using new inert anode aluminum technology, produced using renewable electricity. The cans will have the lowest carbon footprint on record for an AB InBev can and will be sold at UK retailers as of autumn 2021.
The low-carbon can is the result of a partnership between sustainability-conscious companies who have worked together to drive the initiative in Europe. The cans will be produced by Canpack UK using 100% renewable electricity and manufactured “and made from aluminum coils manufactured by Elval”. The metal was produced by replacing the usual primary aluminum with Allow Inerta – an ultra low carbon primary aluminum produced by Rusal with the revolutionary zero emission inert anode technology *. The cans will be filled at the Budweiser Brewing Group UK&I breweries in Magor, South Wales and Samlesbury, Lancashire, powered 100% by renewable electricity.
By working together throughout the value chain, the can is traceable to its source. It starts with Allow Inerta, produced with revolutionary inert anode technology, and it’s blended with recycled aluminum. This new formula achieves the lowest carbon footprint ever for an AB InBev aluminum can, is infinitely recyclable and offers consumers the future of sustainable, low-carbon packaging.
Low carbon cans will continue to support decarbonization thanks to their infinite recyclability. Three-quarters of all aluminum ever produced is still in use today and decarbonization is accelerating in the industry, showing consumers can trust aluminum as a circular, low-emission packaging material of carbon.
Along with its ambitious global sustainability goals, Budweiser Brewing Group UK&I aims to brew the UK’s most sustainable beers. As of January of this year, the company has brewed every can, bottle and keg in the UK with 100% renewable electricity from its own wind turbine and two solar farms. After an investment of over £ 115million, the brewer has also removed plastic rings from its entire portfolio and achieved its goal of brewing with 100% UK barley, reducing carbon emissions and to defend local agriculture.
Ioannis Koufopanos, Director of Sustainable Development at Elval, the aluminum rolling division of ElvalHalcor, noted:
“We are delighted to be part of this fascinating project. Focused on sustainability, innovation and collaboration, we are contributing to the value chain of this stimulating pilot project. Supporting our partners for the delivery of this low carbon beer demonstrates our firm commitment to sustainable growth towards carbon neutral and circular products.
Steve hodgson, Director of Sales and Marketingby Rusal, noted;
“This work is the result of a partnership that spans the entire value chain for the first time – from mining the bauxite used to produce aluminum, to the consumer tasting a Budweiser. cold. The metals segment of EN +, Rusal, Budweiser Brewing Group, Canpack and Elval are together shaping the future of low carbon aluminum and sustainable packaging. ”
Mauricio Coindreau, Director of Sustainable Development at Budweiser Brewing Group UK&I,said: “Like our consumers, we care about climate change and want to make it as easy as possible for people to choose environmentally friendly options in their daily lives, whether it’s enjoying a brewed beer. with 100% renewable electricity. and locally sourced ingredients, or now in a low carbon box. We are thrilled with this pilot, made possible through collaboration with our partners and this incredible technological breakthrough, and we look forward to deploying it even further. “
John O’Maoileoin, Group Sustainability Director at Canpack, noted:
“Although aluminum cans are one of the most sustainable packaging materials thanks to the fact that they can be recycled forever without any loss in quality, it has been amazing to push their green credentials even further with a true collaboration and to create a Budweiser can with a minimal carbon footprint. ”
* RUSAL’s inert anode technology, harnessed by renewable energies, generates one thousandth of the industry’s current average emissions. Direct and indirect emissions from foundries are 0.01, compared to 12 t of CO2/ t Al for the industry average. ALLOW INERTA’s complete cradle-to-door GHG emissions – from bauxite to foundry – reach record 2.5 tCO2/ t Al, 85% lower than the industry average.
Elval is the aluminum rolling division of ElvalHalcor SA, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of aluminum rolling. For nearly 50 years, Elval has been recognized as a trusted partner and innovative aluminum manufacturer, with a broad portfolio of quality products for the packaging, construction, shipbuilding, automotive, energy, industry and HVAC & R. Thanks to a global sales network established in 21 countries, Elval exports around 80% of its production to more than 60 countries and offers sustainable and competitive solutions that meet the requirements of the most demanding global customers. For more information on Elval, please visit www.elval.com
About EN +
En + Group is one of the leading international producers of low carbon aluminum and vertically integrated hydropower. The Company combines power plants with a total installed capacity of 19.5 GW (including 15.1 GW of hydroelectric assets) and 3.8 Mt of annual aluminum production capacity (through a majority stake in UC Rusal plc, the largest aluminum producer in the world outside of China in 2020) which is the large hydropower consumer of the En + Group.
About Budweiser Brewing Group UK&I
Budweiser Brewing Group UK&I is the trading name of AB InBev UK Limited, a subsidiary of Anheuser-Busch InBev, a publicly traded company (Euronext: ABI) based in Leuven, Belgium, with secondary listings in Mexico (MEXBOL: ABI) and the South African Stock Exchanges (JSE: ANB) and with American Depositary Receipts on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: BUD). Budweiser Brewing Group UK&I remains proud to be part of AB InBev globally. In the UK, Budweiser Brewing Group employs 1,400 people across our three breweries in Magor, South Wales, Samlesbury, Lancashire and Enfield, North London and our local headquarters in central London. We are committed to creating great brands that stand the test of time and brewing the best beers using the best natural ingredients. We are proud to offer the UK’s leading brands of beer, cider and seltzer, including the global brands Budweiser®, Corona® and Stella Artois®; the international brands Bud Light®, Bud Light Seltzer®, Beck’s®, Leffe® and Hoegaarden®; local Bass® and Boddingtons® champions and Camden Town Brewery craft heroes.
We are here to champion Britain’s iconic beer culture, from barley farmers to pubs and retail; we are a founding member of the Portman group, a member of the British Beer and Pub Association and a supporter of the Drinkaware Trust. We are also members of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Renewable and Sustainable Energy and the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Corporate Responsibility. Our dream is to bring people together for a better world. Learn more at www.budweiserbrewinggroup.co.uk or on Twitter via @BudBrewingUKI.
About the Canpack Group
The Canpack Group, part of Giorgi Global Holdings, Inc, is a global manufacturer of aluminum beverage cans and packaging solutions for the food industry, as well as glass bottles and metal closures. Based in Krakow (Poland), the company employs nearly 8,000 people worldwide and is present in 17 countries. Find out more at: www.canpack.com