Scope 3 emissions represented more than 85% of AB InBev total emissions in 2022, making the initiative one of the brewer's strongest opportunities for emissions reductions and a key focus of AB InBev's wider Eclipse sustainability leadership program. The Eclipse platform was developed to enable closer collaboration and alignment with AB InBev's supply chain on sustainability initiatives.
Jason Warner, Zone President for Europe at AB InBev, said: “At AB InBev, we are committed to not only driving decarbonisation throughout our own operations, but designing solutions that can deliver meaningful impact across our entire value chain. Collaborating with partners who share our vision is key and represents a core tenet of our Eclipse decarbonisation program and our global brand purpose – To a Future With More Cheers.
“We know from our own experience that the transition to 100% renewable electricity is a challenging and resource-intensive process. Our partnership with South Pole represents a critical step in our commitment to reducing Scope 3 emissions and will hopefully open the door for many of our customers and suppliers to begin or advance their renewable energy ambitions."
Patrick Horka, Global Director, Renewable Energy Solutions, South Pole, said: “South Pole is excited to launch this initiative with AB InBev, which is designed to help the members of the group buying program to take part in the clean energy transition and further their green ambitions without requiring them to develop and operate their own renewable energy projects. We are looking forward to the challenging but exciting journey to source European PPAs and thereby join AB InBev in their leadership in driving value-chain decarbonisation."
Since 2022, all AB InBev beers brewed in Western Europe – including Budweiser, Corona and Stella Artois – are brewed with 100% renewable electricity, from a mix of on-site, near-site solar and wind installations and through Guarantees of Origin (GoOs). This achievement is supported by a 10-year VPPA deal with BayWa r.e and Verbund, which saw the opening of the 161-hectare Solar Park in Pinos Puente (Spain) in September 2022. The park generates 250 GWh of emission-free electricity per year.
Putting emissions on a trajectory consistent with the Paris Agreement requires a significant increase in the use of green energy. With the European Union recently revising its binding renewable target for 2030 from 32% to a minimum of 42.5%, the existing share of renewable energy in the region must almost double. Corporate PPAs and market-based availability of renewables are expected to play a critical role in achieving this target.
The Group Renewable Electricity Buying Initiative was announced at the AB InBev Europe Eclipse event for partners and suppliers which explored best practice approaches for heat decarbonisation, green logistics and emissions reporting. AB InBev partners and suppliers that are interested in finding out more can register their interest via the Eclipse website.
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A contract for the purchase of power and associated energy attribute certificates (EACs) from a specific renewable energy generator (the seller) to a corporate off-taker (the buyer).
About Scope 3 emissions:
Scope 3 emissions are all indirect emissions (not included in scope 2) that occur in the value chain of the reporting company, including both upstream and downstream emissions.