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Anheuser-Busch, LLC

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Location: 2885 Belgium Road, Baldwinsville, NY 13027

Type of Facility: Brewery

Number of Employees: 100-499

Member Since: 2012

Membership runs Through: 2018

NYEL Contact: Nickolas Mills, Senior General Manager

Facility Overview:

The Anheuser-Busch brewery in Baldwinsville, NY produces a wide variety of products including lagers, ales, ciders and flavored malt beverages that it supplies to the US and several foreign countries.

The facility has demonstrated their commitment to sustainable operations through the multiple projects that they have carried out as a member of the Entry Tier, including decreasing water usage from 4.09 hectoliters (hl) per hl of beer produced to 3.73 hl/hl of beer produced and decreasing their non-hazardous waste generated from 45.3 lbs./barrel of beer produced to 36.4 lbs./barrel of beer produced.

In addition, the facility's Biological Wastewater Treatment Plant handles all of the brewery's process wastewater each day. The plant's anaerobic process generates over half a million cubic feet of methane gas each day which is used to power the brewery's boilers.

Other sustainable operational equipment includes the Condensing Heat Exchanger (CHX), which is used to reclaim heat from the boiler flue gas. Sixteen (16 ) million BTUs/hour are used to produce hot water which is used in the cleaning process. The Carbon Dioxide Advanced Purification System (CAPS) collects over 10,000 pounds of CO2 per hour and reduces the oxygen content to below one part per million of oxygen. The CO2 is then used in the production process.

In addition to their work through NYEL the facility is a member of the EPA Wastewise and Climate Leaders programs and has won multiple environmental awards, including a New York State Governor's Award for Pollution Prevention, an Onondaga County Resource Recovery Agency Business Recycling Seal of Approval for Pollution Prevention, a New York Water Environmental Association Industrial Achievement Award, and a US EPA Region 2 Environmental Quality Award.

They currently have a functioning EMS in place that has been evaluated by the New York State Pollution Prevention Institute.

Sustainability Commitments:

1. Decrease Electricity Used from 12.84 kWh/Barrel of Beer Produced to 12.00 kWh per Barrel of Beer

Anheuser Busch will decrease their electricity usage by increasing the efficiency of the refrigeration systems at their facility. The new system will optimize the operation of their evaporate condensers by installing variable frequency drives on 16 of their fans so that they can be modulated to meet the cooling needs at that time. In addition they will be replacing the existing Freon air coolers with glycol coolers, which are more efficient.

2. Decrease Electricity Use from the Wastewater Treatment Plant

The facility will overhaul the mechanical systems in their wastewater treatment plant in both the aeration basin and their aerobic digester to make them more efficient. They also will replace obsolete and oversized blowers in each basin will smaller ones that allow for variable speed operations to save electricity by operating at a slower speed when less aeration is needed.

3. Decrease Water Usage from 3.6 hl/hl of Beer Produced to 2.0 hl/hl of Beer Produced

The facility will decrease their water usage by implementing a system to collect final rinse water from process tank cleaning cycles and reuse that water for the pre-rinse of the next cleaning cycle. In addition, they will install new aeration pumps at their waste water treatment plant that do not require water for sealing or cooling. They also are going to study the potential for finding a beneficial use for their effluent in other industries in the area, potentially for reducing the amount of energy used there to heat incoming water.

4. Decrease Amount of Aluminum Used by 171,875 lbs. per Year

Anheuser Busch is going to reduce the weight of their 8, 12, and 16 ounce cans. These new cans will require less raw and recycling aluminum to be used, as well as decrease greenhouse gas emissions from shipping the product to market.

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