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Friday 8 April 2022

Capital idea: brewery goes carbon neutral

Capital Brewing Co in Canberra is the first brewery in Australia to achieve Climate Active carbon-neutral certification across its entire business operations and beer products. 

It is also introducing a game-changing template it hopes other brewers will follow. 

It will allow breweries to easily calculate their own carbon emissions and provide a streamlined pathway with a reduced administrative cost to reduce and offset their emissions and gain Carbon Neutral certification.

The plan has been created in partnership with carbon and energy management experts Pangolin Associates and Climate Active. 

“With sustainability being at the core of every decision we make, we’re incredibly proud to be recognised by Climate Active as the first brewery in Australia to be certified Carbon Neutral for our entire operations, all our products, and all direct and indirect emissions we’ve created,” says managing director Tom Hertel. 

"There is often the expectation that becoming carbon neutral is restrictive, laborious and expensive. With the easy-to-use framework and urgent need to act, however, we’re calling on our fellow brewers to get on board and, together as an industry, let's lead the way for real action on climate change.”

Capital Brewing Co. purchased internationally certified carbon credits with the Orana Natural Capital Project to offset its emissions during 2000-2001.

Climate Active’s Director of Strategy and Engagement Dan Sheedy said: “The Capital Brewing Co. team have shown immense dedication to embodying a truly sustainable operation and we’re proud to have them onboard."

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