Carlton & United Breweries has taken out the Board Leadership of the Year Award at the 2018 Climate Alliance Business Leadership Awards.
The awards recognise Australian business executives and organisations that have demonstrated leadership by addressing the opportunities or risks presented by climate change.
The selection panel commented on CUB's win: "Carlton & United Breweries is a consumer goods organisation that is taking concrete steps to improve its sustainability performance. It was chosen for its public commitments around carbon emissions reduction, including the establishment of a 12-year Power Purchase Agreement for renewable energy; solar PV installations at each of their breweries; and appointment of full time resources within their procurement team to focus on sustainability and adopting sustainable targets for their Executive Leadership Team."
CUB added: "Carlton & United Breweries was awarded the “Board Leadership of the Year” at the Climate Alliance Awards on the back of a strong submission, which detailed how we intend to achieve our goal to source 100% of purchased electricity from renewable sources by 2025."
The company's Sustainability Manager, Kirsten Sturzaker, received the award from the Chairman of the Climate Alliance, Hendrik Karsten, at the annual awards ceremony.
Earlier this year, CUB announced it was taking a significant step towards sourcing 100% of its electricity from renewables.
It adopted renewable energy as the way forward with the signing of a 12-year Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with German renewable energy developer, service provider and wholesaler, BayWa r.e.
CUB CEO Jan Craps said: “This represents an important step in CUB’s commitment to 100% of its electricity being sourced from renewables.
“As one of Australia’s first and leading manufacturing businesses, we have a responsibility to ensure we play our part in tackling climate change and a range of environmental challenges.”
Craps said the company was reducing its environmental footprint while also gaining access to reliable and affordable power:
“Beyond our driving commitment to reduce our emissions, the investment also stacks up when you look at the reduced price we will pay to power our operations. Moving to renewable energy will ensure that we have certainty of supply and pricing, something that is incredibly important for a manufacturing business like ours.”