Alcoholic beverages producer Diageo is investing in biomass boilers at its African sites in a bid to reduce its carbon footprint and address climate change.

The new biomass boilers will replace heavy fuel oil using sustainable fuel alternatives, such as wood chip and rice husks, to create steam power for the breweries, reducing carbon emissions by 42,000 tonnes – the equivalent of taking tens of thousands of cars off the road.

The British multinational company, whose brands include Smirnoff, Baileys and Guinness, said its investing £180m in renewable resources.

It will cover 11 sites in seven countries including Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, South Africa, Seychelles, Nigeria and Ghana.

CEO Ivan Menezes said, “We believe this is one of the biggest single investments in addressing climate change issues across multiple sub Saharan markets.”

“It demonstrates the strength of our commitment to pioneer grain-to-glass sustainability and to positively impact the communities in which we live and work.”

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Source: Diageo