Deschutes stakes claim to brewery world's first GRI report

Deschutes Brewery has tapped the secret toward becoming a sustainably operating beer supplier.

Deschutes officials last week released the company's first-ever Global Reporting Initiative sustainability report. The company says it's the first craft brewer to use the GRI model, which establishes baselines that Deschutes will use to meet future performance benchmarks.

The report tracks nearly 50 economic, environmental and social performance measures. Deschutes worked with students in the Oregon State University-Cascades’ sustainability program to conduct audits and gather other data.

More than 4,000 organizations use the GRI worldwide.

Deschutes' metrics, from the report, include:

  • The company in 2012 consumed an average of 15.54 kilowatt hours of energy per barrel produced. Deschutes hopes to get that down to 13.5 kWh.
  • The company averages 1.43 therms of natural gas per barrel of beer packaged annually, compared to its 1.4 therm goal and a longer-term aim of 1.36 therms.
  • Deschutes' ratio of gallons water consumed to beer produced was 4.3:1. Eventually, the company wants to lower the number to 3.8:1. The industry standard is five gallons of water for every one gallon of beer produced.

Glass contributes to 38 percent of the main plant's brewery emissions by activity, compared to 23 percent for onsite energy, 21 percent for paper and cardboard uses and 18 percent for transportation.

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