The World's Largest Beer Producer Will Use Only Renewable Energy Sources by 2025

Anheuser-Busch InBev, the Belgium-based brewers of American-favorite Budweiser and Busch beers -- and largest beer maker in the world -- announced a pledge to receive 100 percent of its electricity from renewable sources by 2025 on March 25. This pledge would shift six terawatt-hours of electricity annually -- enough to power the country of Spain for an entire month -- to renewable sources in AB InBev markets.

The company said it plans to secure 75 to 85 percent of this power from direct purchasing agreements; the remaining 15 to 25 percent would come from on-site sources like solar panels.

This move would make AB InBev the largest corporate purchaser of renewable electricity in the consumer goods sector in the world, and would reduce the company's carbon footprint by a whopping 30 percent -- that's like taking 500,000 cars off the road.

This overhaul will begin south of the border in Mexico, home to the largest AB InBev brewery, located in Zacatecas. The company signed a PPA (power purchase agreement) with Spanish multinational electric utility company Iberdrola for 490 gigawatt-hours of electricity per year.

This agreement between AB InBev and Iberdrola is expected to increase the wind and solar capacity of Mexico by more than 5 percent. To begin, Iberdrola will build 220 megawatts of wind energy in the Mexican state of Puebla, in a project slated to begin in early 2019.

AB InBev will form similar partnerships in its other global markets, and expects their overhaul to positively impact, if not outright transform, renewable energy industries in India, Argentina, Brazil and across Africa.

The company has also joined RE100, a "global initiative of influential businesses committed to using 100 percent renewable electricity," led by The Climate Group and Carbon Disclosure Project.

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