Cheers to 100% renewable brews as another beer giant switches to clean energy

SYDNEY, 13 December - Sun-powered schooners are on the horizon this summer as even more iconic Australian beer brands will soon be brewed by the sun, with Lion announcing a commitment to power its operations with 100% renewable electricity by 2025 yesterday.

XXXX, Tooheys, Hahn, James Boags, James Squire, Little Creatures and more will all soon be powered by Australia’s abundant sun and wind resources, as Lion becomes the second major beer manufacturing company to commit to using 100% renewable electricity.

“All over Australia, we are seeing more and more companies lead the way when it comes to committing to 100% renewable energy to power their operations,” said Lindsay Soutar, Senior Campaigner at Greenpeace Australia Pacific. 

“This is yet another example of the enormous potential for corporations to help power the economy with clean and affordable renewable energy.”

Lion is the latest in a cascade of corporate renewable energy announcements recently, as more and more businesses in Australia and around the world take action to lower their energy bills and lower their carbon emissions. The brewer also recently announced it will go beyond tackling electricity emissions with all its operations to be certified carbon neutral in 2020.

Over 210 companies globally have made 100% renewable commitments, with household names in Australia including Mars, IKEA, Google, L’Oreal and the big four banks all committing to power their operations with 100% renewable electricity.

“There is now significant momentum with corporate commitments to 100% renewable energy, both in Australia and around the world. Companies are making the switch to renewable energy because it’s cheaper, cleaner and better for business.”

“Every year, business and industry use approximately 70% of Australia’s electricity which is still powered by polluting coal. As some of Australia’s biggest electricity users, companies can go from being a big part of the problem to a big part of the solution.”

The announcement by Lion sees it join Carlton & United Breweries (CUB) in its commitment to using 100% renewable electricity, and now leaves Asahi – manufacturer of Asahi, Peroni, Mountain Goat, Cricketer’s Arms, Estrella and Grolsch – as the only major beer manufacturer in Australia yet to commit to 100% renewable electricity.

“We hope Asahi will follow the lead of Lion and CUB in making the commitment to 100% renewable electricity soon,” Soutar added.

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