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Because Life is Bigger Than Beer

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Our Sustainability Pledge

If the saying ‘you’re a product of your environment’ is true, then we’re lucky our environment is beautiful Scotland.

We don’t think there’s anywhere better in the world to make beer and we’re on a journey to make sure future generations can still enjoy Tennent’s in the same stunning country we all live in now.

David Attenborough is right, plastic’s not fantastic and by 2021 we’ll be single use plastic free. This will take 150 tonnes of plastic out of the environment each year (that’s the same weight as a blue whale. A nice wee fact for ye, there).

But that’s not enough.

So, by 2025 not only will we be completely plastic free, we’ll also be carbon neutral. And our new CO2 recovery system will take the equivalent of 27,000 flights to London of CO2 out of the atmosphere. Because we all need to do a bit more for our big, wide world.

Loch Katrine provides us the fresh highland water needed to make Tennent’s Lager — a source that’ll never run out given it gets handily topped up by the glorious Scottish rain. And we’ve also reduced annual water usage at our brewery by 24.3 million litres. That’s 42 million pints. Cheers to that!

We work with more than 100 Scottish farms, many for generations, to provide another key ingredient, our golden barley. Harvested from the Borders to the Black Isle, we’re committed to only ever using the best of Scotland to make Scotland’s best.

We’ve always wanted to bring you the very best lager we can. But that doesn’t mean just making a great, crisp, refreshing pint. It also means wanting to do right by Scotland and working towards bettering our environment.

Because life is bigger than beer.

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Plastics

Our aim is to be completely plastic-free by 2025 and the first step on that journey is to ensure our packaging is completely free from single-use plastics by the end of 2021.

We’ll be using cardboard packaging which is easily recyclable for our larger product formats, and switching our small pack formats from plastic to card across the course of the next two years. This will take 150 tonnes of plastic per year out of the environment.

We are also the first brewer in the U.K. to join the Plastics Pact. This is an initiative that brings businesses together with governments and non-governmental organisations to tackle the plastic problem.

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CO2 Emissions

We’re installing a carbon dioxide (CO2) recovery system to capture 4,200 tonnes of CO2 each year. This is part of our journey of becoming carbon-neutral by 2025, 20 years ahead of the targets set by the Scottish Government.

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Barley

We’ve been brewing great beer at Wellpark since 1556 and we’re proud of the role we play in our local community.

We work with some 100 farms across Scotland to source only the finest barley, ensuring low delivery miles and supporting local farmers.

A pint of Tennent’s travels less than many competitor products and we’re looking into how we can continue to reduce our product miles even further.

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Water

We only source the water we need to make the freshest pints from Loch Katrine. A local source that will never run out.



Our water usage in production is best in class, but we have also taken steps to further manage our water waste by investing in an on-site treatment plant at Wellpark (Anaerobic Digestion Plant) to improve the quality of the wastewater generated as a by-product of brewing. A first for a Scottish brewery, this facility reduces emissions produced during the creation of Scotland’s favourite beer – and cuts the impact of wastewater discharge by 80%.

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