We're a small family-run outfit. Serious about giving our customers the service they
need, but small enough so that we can concentrate on quality rather than quantity.
We've had a number of people ask us about the renewably powered thing. "Have you got a
windmill then?" Well, no, we haven't, but by working with our supplier "Good Energy", we can assure our customers that all the power used in our
brewery is 100% renewable electricity, from wind, wave, small scale hydro and solar
power. This will have generated zero grams of CO2 and
zero grams of high-level radio-active waste.
"And what about your van? Does that run on veggie oil?" As it happens, no. But we buy
"offsets" to make up for some of our impact. In the last year we've offset 7.24 tonnes
of CO2 (about 14000 miles-worth) through support of
Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) clean energy projects in developing countries that
have generated CER credits. CDM projects are fully verified to Kyoto / United Nations
(UN) standards via an independent Designated Operating Entity. These CER offsets are
retired / cancelled through the UK Environmental Agency's carbon registry.
We do our best to manage our waste responsibly. Glass, plastic and paper is separated
for recycling. Spent grain goes off to a local farmer for pig feed. Our waste hops go
to local allotments, where they make excellent compost.
(The beer is excellent also.)
Our Environmental Policy
We recognise our responsibility to manage the environmental impacts of our
activities, products and services. We have assessed our activities and identified
that our significant environmental aspects/impacts include water and electricity
usage and waste production.
In order to promote good environmental practices, our Policy with regard to the
environment is as follows:-
1. To identify the significant environmental impacts of our activities.
2. To develop suitable objectives, targets and management programmes, applying
appropriate operational procedures to minimise our significant environmental impacts.
3. To comply with relevant legislation, regulation and other requirements relating to
our significant environmental impacts.
4. To prevent pollution, minimise our inputs of utilities and resources and the
outputs of emissions to the atmosphere, effluents to waters/sewers and wastes to
disposal facilities; endeavouring to re-use, recover or recycle materials where
5. To ensure that environmental responsibilities are defined, communicated and
understood at all levels within our organisation and provide appropriate training
6. To communicate, co-operate and respond to the views of interested parties,
customers and the general public, on environmental issues, where this is practicable
and likely to result in an overall improved environmental performance.
7. To strive for continual improvement in overall environmental performance.
Rebecca Stringer and Jonathan Kyme 01/12/2010