January 17, 2023

Beer producer Molson Coors’ brewery in Fort Worth will be 100% wind powered in January, making it the first brewery in North America to be powered by 100% renewable electricity. The company’s UK business switched to 100% wind power in 2021.

The move brings the company closer to meeting its 2025 sustainability goals, and ultimately its target of net-zero emissions by 2050. Through a long-term agreement with EDF Energy Services the brewery will receive approximately 72,000 megawatts of power generated by the King Creek Wind Farm in north-central Texas, which went online late last year.

Jim Crawford, the brewery’s general manager, said: “We’re seeing more and more wind-energy projects across Texas, and it’s exciting that our brewery is supplied by one of them.” The deal with EDF ensures the brewery will have a reliable source of power – even when the wind isn’t blowing.

“A measurable impact”

The move to renewable electricity will substantially reduce the brewery’s net emissions. Rachel Schneider, Molson Coors’ vice president of sustainability, commented: “Fort Worth is our fifth-largest brewery, and it represents about 6% of our total direct emissions. Getting Fort Worth to 100% market-based renewable electricity will have a measurable impact for us.”

It is likely that the Fort Worth project will open the door for similar transitions at the company’s other North American facilities. Worldwide, Molson Coors has 25 breweries, 17 of which send zero waste to landfill.

Last year, Molson Coors said that all of its North American brands will transition to cardboard packaging by 2025, led by Coors Light. Nearly 100% of its packaging globally is already reusable, recyclable, or compostable. A massive overhaul also is underway at the company’s Golden brewery “that will make it one of the most efficient breweries in the world”.

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