Oriental Brewery will produce beer using self-generated solar energy

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Oriental Brewer held a groundbreaking ceremony with Kepco Energy Solution and Aenous on Wednesday as senior officials marked the start of its work on the construction of solar power generation facilities. (Oriental Brewery)

Oriental Brewery said on Thursday it had started building solar power generation facilities at its beer production bases, a move that could offset more than 5,600 tonnes of carbon footprint each year.

As part of the beer maker’s decision to join the Renewable Energy 100 initiative, which aims to encourage the use of solar energy, it will become the first company to build its own infrastructure to generate renewable energy for self-consumption, the company said.

The solar power generators will be installed at the company’s three production plants in Icheon, Cheongju and Gwangju following an agreement with Kepco Energy Solution and Aenous that was signed last year.

The three sites will generate a total of around 12 gigawatt hours per year, which will then be used for the beer production process.

The plan is to gradually install the systems and start producing solar-powered beer in the first half of next year at all of its three plants.

With some 5,621 tonnes of carbon dioxide to be reduced each year, the facilities are expected to last 30 years, potentially reducing the carbon footprint down the line by more than 160,000 tonnes.

“This marks the first step towards using 100% renewable energy,” said Oriental Brewery CEO Ben Verhaert.

“As a leading ESG company, we plan to actively carry out the RE100 initiative and respond to climate change, as well as cooperate with a carbon neutral policy,” he added.

The company said it seeks to rely entirely on renewable energy by 2025 by gradually expanding its use by participating in power purchase agreements and green pricing.

By Yim Hyun-su (hyunsu@heraldcorp.com)

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