Bacardi Targets to Cut Emissions in Rum by 50%

Published on: 11 February 2022 07:55 PM
by KnowESG

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Bacardi, a privately held liquor corporation, intends to cut its rum brand's GHG emissions in half from 2023. When a Combined Heat and Power (CHP) system is installed at BACARDI rum's distillery in Puerto Rico in 2023, GHG emissions will be cut in half. The new CHP system will use propane gas instead of heavy fuel oil, which is a greener and more efficient energy source.

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According to the firm, the reduction represents a 14 per cent reduction in total worldwide emissions for family-owned Bacardi, a significant step toward the company's goal of a 50 per cent reduction by 2025.

Ned Duggan, Senior Vice President, BACARDÍ rum, said: “As a brand and as a company, we are committed to doing the right thing for the planet. Our rums are made in Puerto Rico, a beautiful island in the Caribbean where we are continuously investing in innovations that will ensure we do just that. This year, we are celebrating our 160th anniversary and while we reflect on our incredible history we are also looking forward to a more sustainable future.”

Bacardi launched a 100 per cent biodegradable bottle in 2020, a key step toward meeting its aim to be 100 per cent plastic-free by 2030, and stated that the BACARDI rum will be the first spirit to emerge in the new bottle. As part of its "Good Spirited" Corporate Responsibility initiative, the corporation has set a variety of goals for 2025, including a 25% reduction in water use at manufacturing locations and 100% recyclable product packaging.

Rodolfo Nervi, VP Global Safety, Quality & Sustainability for Bacardi, said: “We are committed to cutting our GHG emissions by reducing our energy consumption and switching to the most sustainable form of energy in the countries where we operate. While propane gas is the most responsible energy source in Puerto Rico right now, we are continuing to explore ways in which we can reduce our use of carbon-based fuels even further and take more positive steps towards our ultimate goal of Net Zero.”