Beer company Greene King calls last orders on water waste

Brewer Greene King has managed to save nearly a million pounds in water cost savings by using an online water management system...

May 4th, 2016
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LONDON, England – Brewer Greene King has managed to save nearly a million pounds in water cost savings by using an online water management system.

The company has been working with water management consultancy Waterscan and to date has achieved a £900,000 water cost saving with consumption savings equivalent to 304 million pints.

Waterscan used its online water management system, Waterlineto establish the brewer’s performance across multiple sites.

In total, 149 audits of high-consuming pubs were conducted by Waterscan technicians.

The organisation then identified and fixed leaks on supply and internal pipes, fixed faulty water storage tanks, taps, urinal controls and toilets and also resolved shared supply and meter reading issues.

Overall, Greene King’s water consumption was reduced by 173,000m3 (12.13%) – or 304 million pints over a three year period versus a 2012 baseline across this part of their estate.

Gavin Worthington, purchasing manager for Greene King said: “This water project was as an integral part of our corporate social responsibility programme. Once we had meaningful data, we set a consumption reduction target of 12% for 2015 against a 2012 baseline and we were delighted to surpass this.”

Claire Yeates, director at Waterscan, said: “The pub sector employs over 1 million people and contributes £20 billion to the economy. Over 107,000,000 pints of beer were served to customers each year across the former Spirit portfolio of 1,400 pubs. These volumes demonstrate that pubs are a great place to start making a significant difference to the environment. Our approach for this project pushed the boundaries of traditional water management in the sector by setting targets for reduction and thinking holistically about all water associated risks,”

Waterscan works with many multi-site operations including Sainsburys, Tesco, The Co-operative, Argos, Whitbread and KFC.

The organisation also worked with Abu Dhabi airport hotel to help curb water usage (read WWi story).


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