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Energy Management
ThaiBev realized the urgency of global warming effect of climate change caused by increased of GHG emissions and limited natural resources. The company therefore applied technologies to initiate new production processes and continuously improve energy efficiency by increasing the use of alternative and environmentally friendly energy as well as developing more low carbon products to reduce GHG emissions from energy usage with optimal benefit.
Energy Efficiency
  • Energy Audit Project
    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.
  • Once Through Boiler
    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.
Installation of High-Power Motor

The spirits and beer groups installed high-power motors in their production processes to reduce power consumption and reduction of GHG emissions.
Renewable Energy
Solar Rooftop Project

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.
Biogas Plant Project in Thailand
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.
Biogas Plant Project Oversea
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.
Low-Carbon Products
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

Moving Forward

Jarunee Kungwanwongsakul
Managing Director
Cosmos Brewery (Thailand) Co., Ltd.
The climate change has become more intense these days. As a beverage producer, we recognize that Carbon Footprint Product (CFP) and Carbon Footprint Reduction (CFR) labels serve to demonstrate our environmental and social responsibility commitment by assessing greenhouse gases emissions throughout the product’s life cycle, from raw material sourcing, transportation, production, consumption, to post-consumption management.

Our product development takes into account resource utilization and technological improvement in production processes including the use of renewable energy such as biogas production instead of fossil fuels, and solar energy production. We also explore opportunities to develop packaging that require fewer natural resources or optimize existing resources through reusable and recyclable packaging, namely glass bottles, aluminum cans, and PET bottles, aiming to increase consumer awareness of environmental issues.

The Beer and Non-Alcoholic Beverage groups are committed to renewing CFP and CFR labels continuously by the Thailand Greenhouse Gas Management Organization (Public Organization). At present, 22 products from our beer and non-alcoholic beverage portfolios received these labels; representing 64% of revenue. All of our beer and non-alcoholic beverage production sites earned Carbon Footprint for Organization (CFO) certification accounting for 100% of revenue. In addition, we plan to educate ThaiBev Group’s personnel to improve their knowledge