ThaiBev performed an energy audit in every business unit to explore the possibilities of reducing energy consumption through technologies, innovations, or the use of alternative energy. A working team on energy management is appointed for each business unit to assess energy consumption while seeking greater efficiency in reducing GHG emissions.
The spirits and beer groups installed “Once Through Boilers” (water tube boilers) that can operate with a fast and continuous response when steam is required in the production process. They increase
energy efficiency and reduce power consumption. The spirits group has lowered its use of fuel oil. While the beer group has reduced its use of coal equal to GHG emission reduction.
In 2020, non-alcoholic beverage group, such as Sermsuk PLC. has installed Once Through Boilers, which uses LPG as its fuel, replacing 4 old boilers which used fuel oil. It helps increasing energy efficiency and lower GHG emissions.
The spirits and beer groups installed high-power motors in their production processes to reduce power consumption and reduction of GHG emissions.
This project consists of the installation of solar panels on the rooftops of 27 factories in Thailand, and 1 factory in Myanmar with the aim to generate electricity to be used at the factories. The installation completed by 2025.
This year, Phase 1 has already started the installation in 5 factories. The total production capacity is 5 megawatts and will reduce the amount of electricity purchased from the Provincial Electricity Authority, while lowering GHG emissions.
Phase 2 will cover the distilleries, with a target of 15 MWp equal to electricity generating of 19,500 MWh per year.
Two additional biogas plants shall be installed at the distilleries in Nong Khai and Nakhon Sawan Provinces, in addition to the 5 existing biogas plants. Vinasses to produce biogas for steam production replacing the need for the factory to buy fossil fuel to generate energy. This project can reduce average annual fuel oil consumption, and lower annual GHG emissions. Moreover, excess biogas from the steam production will be used for electricity generating to be sold to the local grid.
A biogas plant at Balmenach Distillery, part of Inver House Distillers.
This plant uses by-product of whiskey distillation to produce biogas to be used to generate electricity for the factory. Surplus electricity is also sold to a local grid. This project is an addition to the biomass plant, which uses wood pallets as its main energy source for malt whiskey distillation, which reduced GHG emissions in the past 2 years.
This biogas plant is in the commissioning phase, expected to lower GHG emissions and reduce the amount of power purchased from local energy providers. With the completion of this project, The Balmenach Distillery will be a distillery that fully operates on renewable energy in producing malt whiskey.
ThaiBev is committed to climate change impact and encourages the development of low-carbon products that reduce GHG emissions to address the impact on consumers and environment by collaborating with its business partners through innovation and technology.
This year, ThaiBev registered for certification in GHG emissions for plant operations (Carbon Footprint for Organization: CFO) and GHG emissions of products (Carbon Footprint of Product: CFP) from the Thailand Greenhouse Gas Management Organization (Public Organization). 17 companies under the Group are registered for CFO and 105 products have received CFP certifications.
Moreover, products such as alcoholic beverages (beer) and non-alcoholic beverages (drinking water and green tea) have received carbon footprint reduction labels from the Thailand Greenhouse Gas Management Organization (Public Organization). The label indicates that the products have passed a carbon footprint audit and are able to lower GHG emissions not less than 2% when comparing the current carbon footprint with a baseline year. In 2020, 19 products were labeled with the carbon footprint reduction label.
Commitments and Achievements