How to use these resources
These tools and resources have been developed by industry experts and endorsed by the Brewers Guild of New Zealand. A selection of key resources and information relevant to this sector are available below.
To gain access to the full suite of tools and resources, we recommend you sign up to our free Brewing Decarbonisation Pathway which will deliver the right resources to your business, at the right time.
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Brewing Decarbonisation Pathway
The Brewing Decarbonisation Pathway takes an energy efficiency first approach. While the end goal is to move away from fossil fuels, taking steps to improve existing processes, equipment and operations will make the transition more efficient and cost effective.
The pathway has been broken up into 5 steps, which provide key information for New Zealand breweries, no matter how far along the decarbonisation journey you are.
Step 1: Increase engagement and awareness
Understanding the emissions impact of your brewery is the first step you can take to start your decarbonisation journey.
Before you can reduce your emissions, you need to know where they come from. This step helps you to build awareness of the carbon intensive processes that exist in the brewing industry, so that you can begin to identify opportunities that are available.
Step 2: Measure emissions and set targets
Knowing what to measure and how to measure it is essential, prior to making changes to reduce your emissions. This step introduces the Energy Benchmarking Tool, to help measure and account for energy consumption and see how your brewery is performing compared to others.
Step 3: Optimise equipment and improve processes
Reviewing and adjusting the way existing equipment performs can be a big win for energy reduction, cost reduction, and increased productivity.
This step identifies key opportunities for optimisation in a brewery, including Boil Time Optimisation guidance.
Step 4: Reduce energy demand
New technology or upgrades to existing processes can reduce energy demand. It is important to reduce the demand for energy prior to switching fuels, so that the energy demand for renewables is as minimal as possible.
Step 5: Switching to renewable energy
Fuel switching to renewable energy sources is the final step to decarbonising. By following steps 1-4, you'll be in the best position to make an informed decision about fuel switching, in the most cost-effective way.
EECA offers a range of co-funding and support to businesses wanting to make the switch to renewable energy or implement innovative projects that will reduce carbon emissions. The criteria that need to be met varies depending on the programme. The following funds may be of interest for the brewing sector.