UK-based pub company and brewer Greene King has announced its commitment to 100% renewable electricity by joining the RE100 global initiative.

The move aligns with the company’s sustainability goals.

The company’s journey towards net zero includes a plan to halve its greenhouse gas emissions by 2030. This target was independently verified by the Science Based Targets initiative.

Greene King has set an ambitious goal to achieve net zero emissions by 2040, focusing on reducing its scope 2 emissions [indirect greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions associated with the purchase of energy and accounted for in an organisation’s GHG inventory because they are a result of its energy use].

RE100, led by the Climate Group in partnership with the Carbon Disclosure Project, aims to accelerate the transition to zero carbon grids globally.

Greene King’s participation ensures that the electricity used across its pubs, breweries and offices will be sourced from renewable energy.

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The initiative is expected to improve the environmental footprint of Greene King’s brewing processes and includes the implementation of voltage optimisation technology across 600 of its UK pubs.

Greene King chief communications and sustainability officer Assad Malic said: “Joining RE100 is another step on our net zero journey, as we move ever closer to our 2030 emissions target. This is an example of where we have made an impact through changing our purchasing decisions.

“It adds to the sustainability work we are doing in the day-to-day operations across the business to improve our energy efficiency and reduce our scope 1 emissions, as well as working to improve sustainability within our supply chain and so reduce our scope 3 emissions.

“Achieving net zero is a collective effort. Our supply chain team is dedicated to collaborating towards this goal, and partnering with RE100 and other forward-thinking businesses is a positive step. Together, we can reduce our environmental impact and collectively benefit from these efforts.”

This announcement coincides with the United Nations’ World Environment Day on 5 June 2024.

In addition to joining RE100, the company invested £40m in a new brewery in Bury St Edmunds in April 2024.

The investment is part of the company’s ongoing transformation programme and commitment to modernising its hospitality services.

The new brewery, expected to be operational by 2027, will complement the existing Westgate Brewery.