Carbon negative brewery double offsets with “carbon-negative crew”

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“Carbon negative BrewDog, a UK independent beer brand that has breweries in Australia, Germany, Scotland, and the U.S., has committed to “double offset” its carbon footprint through its crew.

“As well as helping our team members calculate their carbon footprint we help them track it too and we work with our lead scientific advisor Professor Mike Berners-Lee to give them regular tips on how to reduce their impact on the planet,” said the company in a statement.

BrewDog Forest

BrewDog said it is also tackling the climate emergency through its own 2,000 acre BrewDog Forest where it will plant more than one million trees. 

In a statement Brewdog said it will be funding carbon removal projects in the UK, Australia, and Canada. By 2022, the company will have planted a million trees, with carbon removal work verified by a third party. 

“The BrewDog Forest will be one of the largest native woodlands created in the UK for many years,” said David Robertson, director of Scottish Woodlands. 

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Carbon negative brewery

In 2020, the brewer declared that it is now carbon negative.

CARBON NEGATIVE:  The reduction of an entity’s carbon footprint to less than neutral, so that the entity has a net effect of removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere rather than adding it.


In its latest sustainability report, BrewDog said that it now removes twice as much carbon from the atmosphere than it emits each year, while working out ways to reduce emissions.

After meeting David Attenborough and hearing him deliver a talk on climate change we started doing much more research into the matter.

And then it hit us, the blindingly stark realisation that we were not doing anything like enough. And in fact we were massively contributing to the current existential problem that our planet and our species are facing.

The scientific consensus is clear: we are sleepwalking off the edge of a cliff. Unless the world confronts the urgent carbon problem, science tells us that the results will be catastrophic.

James Watt and Martin Dickie, BrewDog co-founders

Powered by wind turbines

To advance its 24 month plan to cut carbon footprint, the company has been brewing plans to turn to green energy, bio-plant, and electric delivery fleet. 

All of the electricity used to brew BrewDog beer in the UK comes directly from local wind turbines. Never have we appreciated the Scottish weather more. Our bars are also now powered by wind turbines too.

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By 2021, it plans to finish its bio-plant, where the company turns waste brewery water into pure water and biomethan for re-use.