Welsh craft brewer Drop Bear Beer Co. has just become the world’s first certified carbon neutral non-alcoholic brewer, reinforcing the company’s commitment to tackling climate change.
From day one, the growing brewer took steps to reduce its carbon footprint and today celebrates its unique position within the brewing industry.
According to the Paris Agreement, calculating, reducing and offsetting CO2 emissions are crucial steps in the fight against climate change.
The official designation of Drop Bear as carbon neutral follows extensive work by the award-winning company to achieve carbon neutrality for the company and its beers.
This has been achieved by offsetting CO2 emissions by supporting certified international carbon offset projects facilitated by ClimatePartner. An example is a clean wind energy project in northeast Brazil to implement and operate 14 wind power plants with various social benefits for Brazilian communities.
Since its inception in Swansea in 2019, the company’s founders – Joelle Drummond and Sarah McNena – have strived to create a business based on sustainability and climate change awareness, meaning consumers no longer need compromise on quality or values.
From the outset, the duo’s strong ethical values and commitment to the environment and climate change have been central to their business philosophy while creating a leading nationally and internationally award-winning non-alcoholic craft beer brand.
The announcement of the company’s carbon neutral status follows Drop Bear being named ‘Green Start Up of the Year’ at the Wales Start Up Awards 2022. At the Awards, which took place last week, Drop Bear was also named in the general classification. ‘Wales Start Up of the Year’, as well as ‘Swansea Bay Start Up of the Year’ and ‘Young Entrepreneur of the Year’.
“Drop Bear takes its responsibility to the environment very seriously and achieving carbon neutrality is the latest milestone we have been working towards for years. This third-party accreditation also reassures customers that we don’t just talk, we walk the talk. Now comes the time for real innovation as we strive to reduce our carbon footprint at the production stage and reduce reliance on carbon offsetting.
Drop Bear’s operations will continue to be monitored by ClimatePartner, with annual reporting of Corporate Carbon Footprint (CCF) and Product Carbon Footprint (PCF) on corporate targets.
On a mission to brew “the best 0.5% ABV craft beers and build a better world to drink them in”, Drop Bear’s carbon neutrality comes eight months after becoming Wales’ first B Corporation®️ brewery.
As a living wage company, Drop Bear’s B Corp™️ designation has placed it among an elite group of environmentally, ethically and socially focused UK food and drink companies.
The company’s environmental efforts and entrepreneurial spirit were also recognized at last month’s Wales Business Awards 2022. Drop Bear received the ‘Green Business of the Year’ award at the event, and Joelle was named ‘Young Entrepreneur of the Year’.
Earlier this year, Drop Bear announced plans to build a bespoke brewery on a farm near Abergavenny. If the company’s building plans are realized, then Monmouthshire will become the home of the world’s first non-alcoholic carbon-neutral brewery.
“Our brewery proposal in Abergavenny is key to this exciting next step in our sustainability journey as we take matters into our own hands. The nature of this site means we would be able to implement innovative technologies to reduce energy consumption, increase efficiency, reduce waste, reduce food miles, draw power from onsite solar panels and explore closed-loop systems, etc.
“Now that we’ve completed our analyses, we know where the most impactful changes can be made and frankly, we can’t wait to get stuck in and continue to lead the way in the production of ‘green’ drinks in Wales.”
The Drop Bear range appeals to a wide variety of customers around the world and prides itself on creating beers that are accessible to everyone, ensuring that their beers are vegan, gluten-free and low in calories, while creating award-winning flavors.
Available through a growing range of stockists, the company recently secured a listing to supply Tesco stores in Wales. At the same time, Drop Bear continued to expand its international customer base with the addition of outlets in Hong Kong and Finland.