Energy Sustainability Manual

Energy Usage, GHG Reduction, Efficiency and Load Management Manual

Craft brewers are an innovative segment of the greater brewing industry. It’s no surprise that many craft brewers have discovered creative solutions for energy usage and greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction at their facilities. Considering today’s rising energy costs, reducing energy usage should be a high priority at all breweries.

Owners and operators may consider energy costs as an expense they cannot control that rises and falls with the price of energy in the area. Depending on these costs, energy reduction may not be a top priority within brewery operations. Breweries that do not pay attention to the opportunities at all levels of their operations, including efficiency may miss out on potential cost-saving and revenue-generating measures.

There are many best practices for energy efficiency and conservation that can easily be incorporated into daily operations, as well as solutions that can reach beyond GHG reduction and lead to operating cost reductions, additional sources of income and new community initiatives. These solutions help brewers save money and become industry leaders in sustainable practices.

The Manual

This 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.

The information presented is a pathway to effective and sustainable energy and GHG management from start to finish. This information is organized into five sections:

  1. Segment Profile: A discussion of energy usage and GHG generation. Information on where to find information on regulatory drivers, examples of non-regulatory drivers and risks and opportunities for cost savings.
  2. Data Management: A guide to identifying the components of brewery energy usage, establishing key performance indicators and goals, managing energy and carbon footprint data, and benchmarking energy efficiency and GHG reduction progress toward goals.
  3. Best Practices: Guidance on best practices to conserve energy and reduce GHG emissions within the craft brewer segment with a focus on opportunities in the brewing process, packaging, warehousing, utilities and food service/events.
  4. Onsite Energy Reduction: An overview of drivers for on-site energy and GHG reduction and example projects.
  5. Case Studies: Examples of successful energy management and GHG reduction programs used by craft brewers.

In addition, there are checklists, resource lists and other visual tools throughout the manual and in Appendix A (also located in the Tool Box on the right side of this web page), to help breweries make decisions about energy efficiency and GHG reduction opportunities.


Brewers Association (BA) staff and a core review team of BA member craft breweries worked in close concert with the sustainability management consulting team from Antea® Group to develop the manuals and tools found in this sustainability resource. Antea Group’s team has nearly a century of cumulative experience in the brewing and beverage industries, specializing in delivering sustainable results from strategy through implementation, with an emphasis on integrating sustainability into core business practices.

For more information on this toolbox or assistance in implementing these sustainable practices in your brewery, please contact BA Sustainability Mentor, John Stier.