Bacardi cuts greenhouse gas emissions in half

Bacardi has cut its global greenhouse gas emissions in half, more than a year earlier than its end of December 2017 target.

The 50% reduction in GHGs is equivalent to taking 15,000 cars off the road each year, reducing oil use by 165,000 barrels annually or installing 18 wind turbines, the company said.

Mike Dolan, chief executive officer of family-owned Bacardi, said: “We set an ambitious corporate responsibility goal, and we reached it nearly 15 months early. We not only achieved it; we surpassed it with outside-the-box thinking, hard work and the passion of Bacardi employees.”

The company will now set new targets in alignment with the 21st Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change adopted in Paris late last year. 

For Bacardi, the achievement follows hundreds of energy reduction initiatives implemented globally at the company’s distilleries, bottling lines, visitor centres and offices.

Jean-Marc Lambert, senior vice president, Global Operations added: “We’re not stopping here—we’re working toward a net-zero impact throughout the entire value chain in the production of our world-class brands. Our goal is to return to the environment as least as much as we take away.”  

The original target date to accomplish the 50% reduction was December 31, 2017.