Environmental responsibility

The BBPA and its members are serious about addressing any issues that have an adverse effect on our environment. We work on a range of areas to improve efficiencies and to help ensure a sustainable future for all.

  • BBPA launches new website to showcase brewery and pub sustainability initiatives

    11 January 2022

    Via a new web-based format, ‘Brewing Green’ showcases the latest work BBPA members are doing to reduce the environmental footprint of the sector The British Beer & Pub Association, the leading trade association representing brewers and pubs, has launched a new website to highlight the sustainability initiatives and innovations of the sector. BrewingGreen.org contains over 35 new case studies from brewers, pub operators and supply chain companies across the UK, explaining in detail and with illustrations the measures they are taking to combat climate change and contribute to the sector's pathway to net-zero. The website reinforces the sector’s commitments to reducing the it’s environmental impacts and features some of the latest initiatives by UK brewers and pub operators, including Asahi, Budweiser Brewing Group UK & I, Greene King, Heineken, Molson Coors, Wadworth, St Austell Brewery and Punch. Also included are initiatives from companies linked with the brewing and pub supply chain including raw materials and ingredients suppliers and distribution partners. The website also includes details on both the Hospitality and Brewing roadmaps to net zero. It will be updated on a regular basis to feature new initiatives and to follow the journey the sector makes as it strives to reach it’s ambitious net zero goals.   Emma McClarkin, Chief Executive of the British Beer & Pub Association, said: “I am delighted to launch our latest version of Brewing Green in its new web-based format. “By visiting www.BrewingGreen.org, stakeholders can follow our sectors journey as it strives to reach net zero. “Our sector has a proven history of environmental leadership and vision and which now extends to its ambitions to reach net zero ahead of the UK Government 2050 target. Having this website is a great platform for us to showcase the many exciting initiatives are members are doing in the sustainability space.”

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  • BBPA launches free cross-industry platform to destroy 70 million pints of spoilt beer and re-claim millions in duty

    03 June 2020

    Pubs, bars, hotels and other businesses can pre-register to use platform at returnyourbeer.co.uk from today The British Beer & Pub Association, the leading trade body representing Britain’s brewers and pubs has today launched a cross-industry platform to enable participating brewers to manage the safe destruction of their brands in pubs and for the millions of pounds in excise duty from unsalable beer to be reclaimed and the appropriate and agreed recompense passed back to licensees. Licensees with spoilt beer and cider in their cellars can access the platform by visiting www.ReturnYourBeer.co.uk via mobile, tablet or computer and creating a profile. Once their profile has been created they can follow guidance and instructions on the platform to seek permission from the brand owner to destroy their beer and cider in an environmentally friendly manner in compliance with local water authorities. Licensees can also record destruction through the platform enabling duty to be claimed back by brewers, who will then agree the means of reimbursing the customer By using the platform, businesses such as pubs, hotels, bars and clubs will be able to destroy draught beer and cider that has become spoilt as a result of the COVID-19 lockdown and free up space for fresh deliveries, enabling them to restock and get cellars ready for re-opening. Brewers who have signed-up to the platform to list their brands and suppliers include Budweiser Brewing Group UK&I, Heineken, Molson Coors, Carlsberg, Asahi and Marstons, C&C (excluding Tennants), St. Austell, Adnams, Timothy Taylor, Innis & Gunn, Black Sheep and JW Lees. More brewers are expected to join the platform, making it even easier for licensees to help clear their cellars and re-stock in preparation for re-opening. Originally created and developed as a concept by Budweiser Brewing Group UK&I, the site has been handed over and further developed as a wider industry platform by a BBPA steering group composed of brewers and pub operators. From launch, the site will be administered on behalf of the sector by the British Beer & Pub Association. Whilst the site has been developed for broad use across the sector, licensees who run a Managed or Leased & Tenanted pub are reminded of the need to check with their pub operator first before attempting to use the site to clarify whether an alternative approach is preferred. As many as 70 million pints of British beer from UK pubs will have to be destroyed after they were forced to shut due to COVID-19. Being able to reclaim excise duty on this beer will be worth tens of millions of pounds to the on-trade. Pubs were amongst the very first businesses to be shut down due to COVID-19 in the UK, having been ordered to shut on March 20th. They will not open until 4th July at the earliest according to the Government’s recently published roadmap. That time period will mean that much of the beer left in storage in pubs will be spoiled or out-of-date by the time they re-open. Emma McClarkin, Chief Executive of the British Beer & Pub Association, said: “We’re encouraging businesses with spoilt beer they need to destroy to visit www.ReturnYourBeer.co.uk and pre-register. The platform will provide guidance and instructions necessary to destroy beer, as well as crucially recording that destruction to enable duty to be claimed back on it. We estimate this could be worth tens of millions of pounds of credit flowing back to pubs and the wider on-trade. Crucial at this hugely challenging time. “This cross-industry platform is free to use and should help businesses of all shapes and sizes who serve draught beer as they re-stock and re-fresh ahead of re-opening.”     Frequently Asked Questions Why have you created this website ? In order to prepare Britain’s pubs for Summer re-opening it is vital that out of date beer is safely disposed of to enable restocking of pub cellars with fresh beer ready for sale. As duty is already paid by the brewer on the beer held in pubs, HMRC demand transparency over the process of disposal and the volumes of beer involved before brewers can reclaim the duty on unsold stock and re-credit customers. This web tool enables licensees to securely record the volumes of beer in full and broached (part-sold) containers held in their cellars and communicate these to brewers in a cost effective way.   What do the licencees have to do ? We are urging licensees to pre-register via the returnyourbeer.co.uk website to enable brewers to begin the process of verification required before beer disposal can be authorised. Once verification is agreed licensees will be taken through a step by step process to safely record volumes of beer disposed of according to BBPA-endorsed processes. HMRC have agreed with BBPA that photographic evidence supplied by the licensees will be acceptable and the website enables the publican to upload these images to verify the volumes of stock destroyed and the process undertaken to conform with Environment Agency and local Water company consents.   What will the brewers do with this data ? The data will be cross-checked with the brewery to ensure the volumes correspond with volumes of beer sold to customers. The data will remain confidential to the brewers involved and will only be used by the brewers to calculate duty reclaims from HMRC (as agreed) and to enable either a re-credit of the duty amount or like-for-like replacement of stock at no additional cost depending on the individual brewer policy.   How many pubs will be registering ? Initially we anticipate 20,000 free trade pubs with cellars would make use of the website as well as other parts of the licensed trade, including multiple operators, stocking draught beer.   How many brewers brands are included within the scheme ? All of the top selling beer brand owners are supporting this initiative on launch and along with some regional brewers, we are envisaging that brewers producing c.90% of unsold draught beer remaining in pubs will be part of the BBPA scheme. The benefit of the website will be especially felt by outlets and pub businesses with multiple lines of different brewers’ brands held in their cellars as it provides a single point of entry of data aimed at a number of suppliers.   Why can’t the beer just be poured down the drains or returned to the Breweries ? The beer volumes involved would present challenges for the water supply if the disposal is not carefully managed in a phased and controlled way. The weight of full containers in cellars present a significant manual handling risk, as well as particular logistical and safety challenge during this period.  Brewers would therefore prefer the kegs and casks to be emptied prior to their collection where possible.   Who is paying for the website ? The start-up costs and ongoing maintenance of returnyourbeer.co.uk are being met by the participating brewers.

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