South African Breweries Signs PPA with Bio2Watt – Waste to Energy Company

  • South African Breweries (SAB) has signed a power purchase agreement (PPA) with Bio2Watt, a leading industrial scale biogas waste-to-energy company in South Africa.
  • They will supply SAB with renewable energy made from dung processed from 7000 cows at their Cape Dairy biogas plant currently under construction.

The Cape Dairy Biogas Project is located on one of SA’s biggest dairy farms, Vyvlei Dairy farm owned by Morester, with its principal business being the supply of milk to Clover from an estimated 7,000 dairy cows permanently residing on the farm. The project makes use of considerable quantities of slurry manure with a mix of other waste streams available within the surrounding region. The location provides the plant with proximity to key fuel supplies, grid access and sufficient water from water collection dams, boreholes and small streams.

The black woman owned company also boasts the ground-breaking 4.6MW Bronkhorstspruit Biogas Plant which began supplying power in 2015. Image credit: Bio2Watt

“Under this PPA and installed renewable electricity, SAB will achieve 23% contracted renewable electricity,” said SAB VP of procurement and sustainability in Africa, Conor Ruff.

“All of SAB’s breweries in South Africa already use solar power, which we are currently expanding and the Alrode brewery, in Johannesburg, is also making use of a biogas facility.

As we accelerate our sustainability strategy, we are looking forward to collaborating with more partners in the renewable energy space,” added Ruff.

“We have made a global commitment to explore renewables to reduce carbon emissions and reach 100% contracted renewable electricity by 2025. We also believe we have a duty to ease the pressure on the national grid. Through this partnership, we are proud to progress on both fronts as we make our way to a cleaner, greener and more self-sustainable future,” comments SAB procurement director for Africa, Kyle Day.

The procurement of renewable energy is in line with SAB’s holding company Anheuser-Busch InBev’s global 2025 sustainability targets for climate action.

Author: Bryan Groenendaal

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