Green With Briess


'Green With Briess' - Our Sustainability Program

Briess Environmental Mission Statement
Briess respects the environment and makes a conscious effort to minimize the environmental impact associated with our operations. We continuously seek improvements and foster partnerships that make more efficient use of natural resources to reduce pollution, emissions and waste. We are dedicated to maintaining a healthy balance between environmental stewardship, social equity, and economic stability for the well being of our community as a sustainable business.

‘Green With Briess’ has reduced energy consumption and emissions the equivalent of almost 10 million fewer miles being driven each year since 2006

Timeline of Accomplishments
2005
Briess implements a formal sustainability program— Green With Briess—and announces its acceptance into the Department of Energy’s Save Energy Now program. An energy audit of all production facilities establishes a baseline of usage. Thermal imaging further pinpoints areas of electrical and heat loss.

2009
Briess is awarded the DOE’s Energy Saver award for meeting or exceeding 7.5% total energy savings from 2006-2008. Acting on recommendations of the energy audit and thermal imaging reports, reductions were realized through a combination of process change and capital improvements.

2011
Briess is recognized for environmental stewardship by WI Manufacturers & Commerce with a Business Friend of the Environment Award-Medium Size Company.

2012
Briess is accepted into the WI DNR Green Tier program, a voluntary initiative which recognizes and rewards environmental performance exceeding legal requirements related to health, safety and the environment.

2013
Briess is accepted as a “Green Professional” into the Wisconsin Green Masters program for demonstrating continued commitment to sustainability in the business sector. The program, an arm of the Wisconsin Sustainable Business Council, is an idea exchange of more than 165 Wisconsin businesses helping each other improve their sustainability initiatives.

Energy Reductions
2006-2008

20% reduction in natural gas use at the Extract Plant
CO2 emissions were reduced the equivalent of 4.5 million fewer miles being driven each year:

  • Heat exchange systems recover hot water streams for reuse in cleaning and boiler systems
  • Heat generated by drying operations is recovered and reused throughout the plant

10% reduction in natural gas use at the Chilton Malthouse
CO2 emissions were reduced the equivalent of 900,000 fewer miles being driven each year:

  • Air-to-air heat exchangers were installed on kilns which decreased natural gas consumption by 25%
  • New operating procedures reduced natural gas consumption to produce roasted malts by 20%energy reductions

Energy Reductions
2009-Present

20% reduction in natural gas use at the Chilton Malthouse
Natural Gas usage was reduced the equivalent of 1.8 million fewer miles being driven each year

  • Additional reductions from air-to-air heat exchangers

8% reduction in electrical use at the Chilton Malthouse
CO2 emissions were reduced the equivalent of 200,000 fewer miles being driven each year

10% reduction in energy use at the Irish Road Extract Plant
CO2 emissions reduced the equivalent of 2 million fewer miles being driven each year

  • New heat exchange system

Water Conservation

  • New Irish Road Extract Plant heat exchange system reuses water, reducing annual water usage by 3.5 million gallons
    • Clean discharge water from the Irish Road Extract Plant is being repiped into surface storm basins,reducing the need to treat 6 million gallons of water annually

Conversion from Freon to Ammonia Refrigeration

  • Eliminated ozone damaging greenhouse gases and reduced energy consumption by 20%

99% of all Waste Streams are Recycled

  • Used as cattle feed and fertilizer by local farming operations
  • High strength waste helps generate a continuous 1.5 megawatts of electricity at a milking farm
  • Waterloo Malthouse and animal nutritionists developed a market which reduces the need to landfill or land apply 1 million pounds of waste stream annually

General Efficiencies and Conservation

  • Strict maintenance programs assure equipment and vehicles operate at peak efficiency
  • Clean-in-place reduces chemicals needed to clean/sanitize to food-grade requirements
  • All product packaging is recyclable
  • Office paper, toner cartridges, cardboard and glass are recycled; electronic faxes; smoke free campus
  • Incandescent lighting is being replaced with high efficiency lighting

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