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With €100 million Investment The Guinness Company Plans to Decarbonize its Brewery

The Guinness Company plans to decarbonize its brewery in Dublin’s city center with an investment of €100 million. Diageo stated that the strategy “underpins the goal to accelerate to net zero carbon emissions” at St. James’s Gate and will save energy and water use throughout the brewing process.
The investment aims to cut greenhouse gas emissions (scope 1 and scope 2) produced by the site by more than 90% and phase out the use of fossil fuels completely in its direct brewing activities.

The site’s renewable energy plan calls for using heat pumps that draw electricity from the grid and biogas produced in a brand-new water recovery facility by 2030. Additionally, this facility will increase water efficiency and allow for an estimated 30% reduction in the amount of water used to brew Guinness.

At an announcement on Thursday, Taoiseach Simon Harris said the plans were a “green transformation” that would send a “strong message to the world”.

“I think it’s really good when you can see the two goals coming together: the importance of the climate and industry, but also the importance of jobs.” “I am aware of this brewery’s lengthy and significant history with both the nation and the city.”It’s great to see that, in terms of the significance of taking action on climate change, its aims are now in line with both national and international ones.

Mr. Harris stated that “it is entirely possible to be a successful, booming, profitable business and do what is right by the planet,” and that “the scale of the investment demonstrates Diageo’s commitment and leadership.”Debra Crew, worldwide chief executive of Diageo, expressed gratitude to the government for funding the decarbonization strategy via Enterprise Ireland, a state body.

She said: “St James’s Gate is an historic location for an iconic brand. We’re 260 years into our 9,000-year lease at St James’s Gate and this investment will ensure that Guinness has an exciting and long-term sustainable future.

“We are proud to lead the way on decarbonisation, both as a major Irish business and as an industry-leading company.”Later this year, Diageo will present the project’s planning application to Dublin City Council.

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