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Opportunities and barriers for efficient energy use in a medium-sized brewery

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Barbara Sturm, Stephan Hugenschmidt, Sharon Joyce, Professor Tony Roskilly


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Since the 70’s prices for fuel and raw materials have steadily risen. This development has put the brewing industry under pressure to reduce production costs by intensifying their production process. Large breweries and international brewing groups producing beer for the mass market have widely realised voluntary measures to increase their efficiency. In recent years environmental concerns over green house gas emissions and climate change have arisen among consumers and legislative requirements are getting stricter. Because of these developments small and medium-sized breweries are increasingly forced to apply strategies for economic, environmental and social sustainability, too. This paper gives an overview over the state of the art in the brewing industry commonly realised in large breweries and presents important barriers to efficiency in smaller companies. The production process of a typical medium-sized brewery in the UK was analyzed to identify principle measures to reduce energy and water demand. The case study also examines the particular problems preventing the brewery from realising these measures.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Roskilly AP; Joyce S; Sturm B; Hugenschmidt S; Hofacker W

Publication type: Conference Proceedings (inc. Abstract)

Publication status: Published

Conference Name: Sustainable Thermal Energy Management International Conference (SusTEM2011)

Year of Conference: 2011