ThaiBev is fully mindful of the impact that its expanding operations can have on the environment and society. Improving the locals' quality of lives and reduce climate and environmental damage at the same time.
The Cullet Production from broken glass, the operation added to the existing Glass Bottle Recycling Program, was increased from 7 to 28 sites across Thailand. The production involves purchasing of dirty-broken glass and producing cullet suitable for glass manufacturers.
The cullet production process consists of
- 1. Separation process for unwanted materials from the dirty-broken glass such as metal, aluminum, and labels,
- 2. Crushing process to produce cullet.
When the local communities around the Cullet Production know of the benefit from broken-glass which usually ended up as garbage, the members of each community gather together to combine collecting the broken-glass for the plant. In 2019, ThaiBev purchased 98,607,855 kg. of broken glass from 300 communities at the price of 272,504,154 THB.
The 98,607,855 kg. of broken glass at the price of 272,504,154 THB purchased from 300 communities will generate an income of 908,347 THB per community. The income received will make it possible for the community to support their members in many aspects, such as developing infrastructure for better quality of life, health care and wellbeing of their members, and education.
ThaiBev has two biogas production plants for its steam generation, and the biogas volume produced is in excess of production plants' internal usage so surplus gas must be flared. To minimize the volume of biogas to be flared, ThaiBev installed a biogas-powered electric generator for each production plant and generated income on electricity sold. In 2019, the total electricity generated was 12,062,050 kWh, where 765,960 kWh was used for the internal generating process and 11,288,140 kWh was sold to the local grid, Provincial Electricity Authority (PEA).
The biogas-generated electricity has lower GHG emissions compared to fossil-fuel generated electricity by Provincial Electricity Authority (PEA), local grid. ThaiBev created a positive impact by lowering GHG emissions from electricity generating. The 11,288,140 kWh electricity sold to the local grid help PEA avoid GHG emissions by 6,394 tCO2e through not produced from fossil fuel.
Positive External Impact: The avoided GHG emissions of 6,294 tCO2e prepare the PEA in the event a carbon tax is introduced in Thailand. The average carbon price in Thailand during FY2019 was at 23.38 THB/tCO2e from the voluntary GHG emissions reduction program by Thailand Green House Gas Management Organization (Public Organization) under the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment an information center for circumstances on greenhouse gas operation. This avoided GHG emissions of 6,394 tCO2e was equivalent to 149,492 THB in 2018.