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2nd October 2014

UK brewery launches new energy centre to bolster energy efficiency

Molson Coors’ new energy centre at its Burton Brewery is set to achieve significant cost savings and environmental improvements


1st October: A new energy centre has opened at Molson Coors’ brewery in Burton, as part of a five-year capital investment plan to modernise its brewing infrastructure and technology.


Molson Coors says the new energy centre will support the business’ global ambition to cut energy consumption by 25% and 15% of its greenhouse gas emissions by 2020. The cost savings are set to contribute to a wider $16m[1] saving (per annum) globally.


In its first full year, the new facility is projected to significantly reduce energy consumption at the brewery and improve the site’s carbon emissions by 6.5% (3,689 tonnes CO2e) leading to:


  • A reduction in carbon emissions equivalent to the energy use of 337 houses for one year*
  • 4.5 million kWh less electricity used – enough to power 7500 street lamps*


Jim Shaw, Supply Chain Director at Molson Coors says: “The new energy centre is a huge milestone for us, and the investment reflects our continued commitment to the brewing industry here in the UK.   Modernising our infrastructure and technology enables us to become more efficient and flexible in our delivery. We are also able to reduce energy use and emissions and support our ambition to continually improve Our Beer Print as part of our Corporate Responsibility agenda.


“The facility will also produce cost savings which will be utilised and re-invested into our brands, service and breweries to ensure we continued to delight the UK’s beer drinkers.”


The launch of the energy centre is just one of many milestones reached by Molson Coors as a result of its five year redevelopment plan.   The introduction of a new shrink wrap facility in 2012 successfully reduced Molson Coors’ secondary packaging weight by 63% and reduced carbon emissions by 4 per cent. Earlier this year, Molson Coors received a £21m investment for a state of the art bottling line, enabling them to manufacture new and inventive packaging, something which had previously been outsourced.


On a visit to the Burton Brewery in May, the Prime Minister David Cameron commended Molson Coors for its on-going dedication to encouraging innovation and growth within the industry. Total investment in the Burton Brewery has now surpassed the £75million mark, the biggest single capital investment the brewery has seen in decades.


Molson Coors recently published its ‘2014 Our Beer Print Corporate Responsibility Report’, which highlights the business’ achievements over the last year. Molson Coors has achieved a 2.4% water intensity reduction since 2012 and has aligned globally around a 2020 zero waste to landfill target. In addition to this, Molson Coors exceeded its energy efficiency goals, reducing energy intensity by 2.6% compared to a 2.3% target.


More information can be found out about Our Beer Print and our Corporate Responsibility activity by reviewing our 2014 report here or viewing


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Contact details for further information

For further information contact the Molson Coors Corporate Press Office on 0207 025 6680 or email


About Molson Coors Brewing Company

Molson Coors Brewing Company is one of the world’s largest brewers. The Company’s operating segments include Canada, the United States, Europe and Molson Coors International (MCI). The Company has a diverse portfolio of owned and partner brands, including signature brands Coors Light, Molson Canadian, Staropramen and Carling. Molson Coors is listed on the Dow Jones World Sustainability Index, the most recognized global benchmark of sustainability among global corporations, with the highest score in the beverage sector globally. For more information on Molson Coors Brewing Company, visit the company’s web site,


In the UK and Ireland, Molson Coors has over 2,000 employees and breweries in Burton upon Trent, Tadcaster, Alton, and Sharp’s brewery in Rock, Cornwall. It has a market share of around 20% of the UK beer market. Our portfolio includes Carling, the UK’s best-selling lager for three decades, Coors Light, Grolsch, Worthington’s, Caffrey’s, Cobra, Corona, Doom Bar, Singha and a range of speciality beers.


Molson Coors Ireland is the country’s fastest growing brewer with beers such as Carling, Grolsch, Cobra, Blue Moon (Rep. & N. Ireland), Corona and Coors Light (both N. Ireland only). Established in 2009, it has offices in Maynooth and Belfast and its brands now account for over 10% of the Irish lager market.



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[1] Equivalent to £9.7m