- Find a comprehensive set of production, water, energy, and emissions metrics drawn from data from 1,600 beverage facilities worldwide.
- See the proactive approach the beverage industry is taking to improve business performance while mitigating environmental impacts.
In December 2018, the Beverage Industry Environmental Roundtable (BIER) completed its tenth Benchmarking Study – the most comprehensive quantitative and qualitative benchmark of water, energy, and emissions efficiency in the beverage industry. In its ten benchmarking studies, BIER has evaluated thirteen years of industry performance for nearly 2,000 facilities worldwide. Final results represent a comprehensive set of production, water, energy, and emissions metrics which are normalized, categorized by facility and beverage type, and analyzed. The 2018 Benchmarking Study is the second study to follow the updated biennial reporting structure, including facility-level data for 2013, 2015, and 2017 from 15 BIER members and 4 external partner contributors. Our continued progress is represented through a diverse variety of facility types, production volumes, and geographic locations – a clear illustration of the proactive approach the beverage industry is taking to improve business performance while mitigating environmental impacts worldwide.
The 2018 study included participation from 19 global beverage companies, including 15 BIER members and 4 external partner contributors. The final dataset included over 1,600 facilities from 6 continents.
Industry production volume increased 4% from 2013 to 2017, equivalent to an additional 12 billion liters of global beverages produced worldwide. Of facilities reporting three years of data, 51% reported an increase in production.
Despite the prominent increase in production volume, the industry continues to demonstrate its dedication to stewardship and efficiency. From 2013 to 2017, total water use and energy consumption decreased 4% and 7%, respectively.
2018 marked the second Benchmarking Study to request Scope 1 and 2 emissions data at the facility-level, and is the first year that these results will be shared externally. Nearly 95% of facilities were able to report Scope 1 and 2 emissions.