Scottish brewer Tennent’s on Saturday broke ground on a new £2.6m carbon capture facility at Wellpark, near Glasgow.
The new facility will be the largest of its kind in Scotland, Tennent’s said, and will see the brewery capture and store more than 4,200 tonnes of CO2 a year – the equivalent of 27,000 flights to London and Glasgow each year.
It will enable Tennent’s to capture and store the CO2 generated as a byproduct from the brewing fermentation process. The captured CO2 will then be used to carbonate Tennent’s beer.
By no longer having to source CO2 from the north of England, Tennent’s said it will also eliminate the emissions from 100,000km of journeys each year.
It is anticipated the new facility will enable Tennent’s to become as close to self-sufficient as currently possible, with more than 95% of the captured CO2 being used, supporting the brewery’s commitment to be net carbon zero by 2025.
The facility, comprising two 25 tonne CO2 recovery tanks, is expected to be fully operational by this September (2020).
“To be able to support the brewery’s CO2 needs using CO2 that is produced by the fermentation process, improves our local environment in the east end of Glasgow and is a significant step in our goal to be carbon neutral by 2025,” said Martin Doogan, Group Engineering Manager at C&C Group, Tennent’s parent company.