Alcoholic drinks firm Diageo has announced plans to invest €200 million ($202 million) in Ireland’s first purpose-built carbon neutral brewery in Kildare.
According to the company, the new facility will produce lagers and ales, and with a capacity of 2 million hectolitres, it will become the second largest brewing plant in Ireland.
The brewery will reportedly use 100% renewable energy and will make use of the latest process technology to reduce energy and water consumption, avoiding 15,000 metric tons of carbon emissions per year.
Colin O’Brien, category head of global beer supply, Diageo said: “We are fully committed to embedding sustainability across our business from grain to glass and this announcement represents the next step in our integrated approach towards achieving one of Diageo’s Society 2030: Spirit of Progress commitments by becoming carbon neutral in our direct operations”.
Once approved, the new brewery is expected to take two years to construct and is expected to begin producing beer in 2024.