- AB InBev Chile received the Enel Green Power Chile Green Seal. This certification certifies that its plants will be supplied with solar energy from the Diego de Almagro plant located in the Atacama Region.
Santiago, April 23, 2019 – The AB InBev Chile brewery received Enel Green Power Chile’s Green Seal, which certifies that an amount equal to the consumption needed to make their beer will be generated and injected into the system with 100% Non-Conventional Renewable Energy (NCRE) from the Diego de Almagro solar power plant. In this way, AB InBev Chile becomes the first brewing company in the country with this status.
The company's facilities will be supplied with 19,200 MWh of solar energy per year, a figure equivalent to the power consumption of 6,400 households per year.
"Non-Conventional Renewable Energies are a reality, assuming an increasingly relevant role in the country's energy matrix. Therefore, in 2016 we created the first certification in Chile that now allows AB InBev Chile to attest that 100% of its consumed energy will be injected into the system by solar power generation, which represents a substantial contribution to mitigate the impact of its operations," informed Víctor Tavera, Enel Distribución Chile’s market manager, the company that signed the commercial agreement with AB InBev Chile.
Enel Green Power Chile put the Diego de Almagro solar plant into operation in December 2014. This plant is located in the Diego de Almagro district, in the Atacama Region. Its 225,000 photovoltaic panels (36 MW of installed capacity) inject an average of 80,000 MWh annually into the National Electric System, avoiding the emission of 50,000 tons of CO2.
"This certification allows us to certify that 100% of the power consumed by the AB InBev Chile facilities will be generated and injected into the system with clean energy, specifically from our Diego de Almagro solar plant. This meets consumers’ current requirements by companies increasingly concerned about the environment and that put sustainability at the center of their business strategy," explained Valter Moro, Enel Green Power Chile’s CEO.
The Green Seal recognizes the reduction of the environmental impact of AB InBev Chile in its operations, which also favors energy efficiency in the operation of its facilities and reduces its carbon footprint.
"At AB InBev Chile we committed ourselves years ago to sustainability and the environment, setting specific objectives in regard to support for agriculture, water management, packaging, and climate action. Today, together with Enel, we are taking another step in this direction. As part of our sustainability strategy, which is at the heart of our business, we have worked hard to ensure that our power supply is generated with 100% non-conventional renewable energies, which, as of this year, will be a reality for all our beers produced in Chile. Even so, we know that this is only the beginning and we want to continue forming alliances and working with other organizations, so that we can work together and achieve great and significant changes," added Luis Vives, AB InBev's CEO.
This certification, in addition to certifying that the energy supplied has been injected into the National Electric System by NCRE generation systems, which is authenticated by an independent third party, provides a distinctive green seal that the company can use as it wishes.
The initiative comes at a time when Chile is a worldwide benchmark in the progress being made in non-conventional renewable energies. Enel Green Power Chile and AB InBev thus become strategic partners that both have the commitment to energy efficiency and care for the environment.
Enel Green Power is the global business line of the Enel Group dedicated to the development and operation of renewable energies throughout the world, with a presence in Europe, America, Asia, Africa, and Oceania. Enel Green Power is a global leader in the green energy sector with a managed capacity of approximately 43 GW through a combination of generation systems that include wind, solar, geothermal, and hydroelectric power, and is at the forefront of innovative technology integration in renewable energy plants.