Diageo to spend £180 million on renewable energy at African sites

Diageo has announced that it will invest £180 million in renewable energy across its African facilities, including sites in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, South Africa, Seychelles, Nigeria and Ghana.

The UK-based alcoholic beverages company will switch to renewable energy at three breweries in Kenya and Uganda and install solar panels at breweries in six African countries. These solar panels will produce up to 20% of each brewery’s electricity demand.

Other plans in the project include installing biomass boilers to replace heavy fuel oil in the generation of steam power for breweries, and various water recovery initiatives.

“We believe this is one of the biggest single investments in addressing climate change issues across multiple sub-Saharan markets,” said Diageo’s CEO Ivan Menezes.

“It demonstrates the strength of our commitment to pioneer grain-to-glass sustainability and to positively impact the communities in which we live and work.

“We have a responsibility as a local manufacturer and employer in Africa to grow our business sustainably – creating shared value – and this significant investment continues our work to provide sustainable solutions for our local supply chains.”