Bacardi Reduces Energy and Water Use

Bacardi Limited featured in TriplePundit
Jan 30, 2014 11:00 AM ET

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By Gina-Marie Cheeseman

Reading through Bacardi Limited’s recently released corporate social responsibility report, there is much to like when it comes to energy and water use reduction. Bacardi managed to reduce energy use by more than 25 percent and water use by 45 percent. The water saved is, according to Bacardi “equivalent to 10.3 million people showering.”

The CSR report also reveals that Bacardi recycled, reused or recovered 98.6 percent of its waste in 2013. The rum manufacturer reduced the weight of its packaging by 23,000 tons since 2008, or 7.1 percent. The company’s goal is to reduce packaging weight by 10 percent by 2017 and 15 percent by 2022.

“Bacardi Limited is committed to the responsible management of all business activities,” said Ed Shirley, president and CEO of Bacardi Limited, in a statement. “We aim to be best-in-class in corporate responsibility in the spirits industry and believe that, through responsibly managing our environmental and social impacts, Bacardi will be a more sustainable business in the long-term.”

Bacardi achieves great water and energy savings

In 2012, Bacardi reduced its total water use by almost 10 percent (9.6 percent). Over the last four years it has reduced water use by more than 2,750 million liters. In 2013, the company became 6.3 percent more efficient in its water use than in 2012 by using more of its residual water from production for beneficial use and reducing the amount of wastewater discharge. In the last five years Bacardi has improved its water use efficiency by 36.1 percent and its water use efficiency index score showed a gain of 6.3 percent.

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