Sustainability Manuals

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Environmental stewardship is a top priority for both craft brewers and craft beer enthusiasts. Maintaining a healthy balance between stewardship, social enrichment, and economic vitality is important to the future success of craft brewing.

Through the benchmarking work and sustainability manuals, the Brewers Association and the Sustainability Subcommittee encourage conscientious brewing practices that will ensure the long-term success of the craft beer industry.

Energy Usage, GHG Reduction, Efficiency and Load Management Manual

Energy Sustainability

The Energy Sustainability manual is a consolidated resource for effective energy management and GHG reduction solutions in the craft brewers segment. Solutions outlined can apply to all breweries, regardless of location and operational size. Guidance is provided for brewers that are just beginning to explore energy management and GHG reduction programs, as well as for brewers that are looking to improve a well-established program.


Solid Waste Reduction Manual

Solid Waste Reduction

The Solid Waste Reduction manual is a consolidated resource for effective solid waste management solutions in the craft brewers segment. Solutions offered can apply to all breweries, regardless of location and operational size. Guidance is provided for brewers that are just beginning to explore solid waste reduction programs, as well as for brewers that are looking to improve a well-established program.


Sustainable Design and Build Strategies

The Sustainable Design and Build Strategies for Craft Brewers manual has been organized to share sustainable design and build considerations in the craft brewing segment with a wide range of potential users. Brewers will find big-picture considerations relevant to selecting the right site to process-level considerations to minimize water, energy, and waste on a daily basis.


Water and Wastewater: Treatment/Volume Reduction Manual

Water & Wastewater

The Water & Wastewater sustainability manual is a consolidated resource for effective water and wastewater management solutions in the craft brewers segment. Solutions outlined can apply to all breweries, regardless of location and operational size. It will provide guidance for small brewers that are just beginning to explore water and wastewater reduction programs, as well as new ideas for brewers that are looking to improve a well-established program or build improved efficiency into expansions or new facilities. Brewers will also find tools they can easily incorporate to integrate water use reduction and conservation measures into everyday operations and to identify on-site wastewater treatment opportunities.


Wastewater Management Guidance Manual

Wastewater Management Guidance

The Wastewater Management Guidance manual is written as a more advanced look at craft brewery wastewater management and provides information that can help develop an effective partnership with local wastewater treatment facilities.