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Environmental: Sustainably source our Products & Services

The Group recognises that sustainability needs to be embraced by partners at every stage of the supply chain in order to be successful. Audits and reviews are carried out both during initial procurement and over the lifetime of a major supplier’s contract to assess the supplier’s track record in environmental management, health and safety, sustainability, diversity and overall corporate social responsibility.

Collaboration with our apple and barley growers

The Group recognises that sustainability needs to be embraced by partners at every stage of the supply chain in order to be successful. Audits and reviews are carried out both during initial procurement and over the lifetime of a major supplier’s contract to assess the supplier’s track record in environmental management, health and safety, sustainability, diversity and overall corporate social responsibility. For the second year, Matthew Clark was the headline sponsor of the Food & Beverage Sustainability Awards. This event was aimed at sharing best practice and recognising outstanding industry achievement in support of sustainability across the hospitality industry.

We are committed to sourcing our raw materials from local sustainable sources. All apples crushed at the Clonmel site for the production of Bulmers and Magners cider are sourced from the island of Ireland. As well as having 165 acres of our own orchards in Co. Tipperary, there are over 50 partner growers on the island, with whom we work closely. The health and sustainability of the Irish apple growing sector are therefore central to C&C’s strategy. A key aspect of apple orcharding is the health of the population of bees and other pollinating insects. As part of our commitment to protect the biodiversity of bees, C&C is a member of the All Ireland Pollinator plan and patrons of the South Tipperary Bee-Keepers Association who carry out activity on the protection and promotion of the species in our Redmonstown Orchard.

In FY2021, we donated circa 12,000 tonnes of surplus apples at Clonmel to Ixora Energy, who converted this to biomethane in order to supply over 300 homes with renewable gas for the next 12 months. The bio-fertiliser from these apples will also replace fossil fuel fertiliser to grow potatoes, wheat and vegetables in an area the size of 200 football pitches.

In Scotland, Tennent’s lager is produced using 100% Scottish malt. We seek to support the growers of our key raw materials such as barley and wheat through entering into long-term supply arrangements, with sustainability a key consideration. Malting barley is only purchased from farms with current and up-to-date, independently audited farm assurance schemes. 75% supply of malt is FSA Gold accredited and the balance is Redtractor assured, which ensures the best environmental practices are adhered to.

Achieving the highest sourcing standards

In 2020, Bibendum launched the Vivid Charter to identify and promote best practice in sustainability throughout our wine supply base. By capturing and sharing these case studies, we will look to inspire all our wine suppliers to adopt sustainable practices across their operations.

Source Water Optimisation and Water Usage Reduction

COVID-19 has impacted on our plans around water optimisation and usage reduction and we will therefore not meet our water ratio target of 2.5:1 by 2022.

We continue to strive to deliver continuous improvements in our water usage. Solutions to tackle water optimisation and water usage reduction include:

  • Anaerobic Digestion (Water Treatment) plants are now fully operational at both Wellpark and Clonmel and have reduced our sites’ wastewater emissions and improved the quality of our wastewater discharged by 80%.
  • A new can rinsing system using de-ionised air was commissioned in Clonmel in early 2020, and reduced the water consumption by more than 17 million litres per annum.
  • Pasteurisation control system at Wellpark: has reduced water consumption in the canning operation by 14 million litres per annum.
  • The Clonmel site commenced a threeyear groundwater protection programme in 2018 to upgrade the site drainage and wastewater network. This will protect the water sources of the surrounding Tipperary countryside.

C&C submitted a response for the CDP Water Security questionnaire for the first time in August 2020, and secured a C rating. The CDP water security questionnaire provides data users and the companies themselves with an insight on current and future waterrelated risks and opportunities. Along with CDP’s water scoring methodology, the water security questionnaire helps companies to drive improvements in water management and enables benchmarking against best practice. As part of this we investigated the water availability in the locations where our apples are produced and sourced. The ocation where our apples are produced is considered low risk in terms of water availability according to the WRI Aqueduct Tool Group. As part of the 2020 CDP Water Security questionnaire submission, we engaged with our value chain on water related issues. This will support our water sustainability targets and also operate in a manner aligned to our ESG objectives. As this is C&C’s first year completing the water security questionnaire, we have begun the process of engaging with our key suppliers, requesting water use, risks and/or management information. Although this is a low percentage of suppliers we considered key ingredient and raw material suppliers as the priority.

As part of our sustainability commitment we are reducing the Water Ratio of hectolitres extracted versus hectolitres produced.

Despite the challenges of COVID-19 and the resulting shift in SKU format to packaged product to meet demand in the off trade and an overall reduction in production volumes, we have worked at improving our total consumption of water at Clonmel, which has delivered a reduction of 41 million litres per annum. At Wellpark, the recovery and re-use of bottle rinse water reduced consumption by 7 million litres per annum.

The introduction of Anaerobic Digestion capability at both Clonmel and Wellpark has delivered a 3,120te COD improvement in the quality of wastewater generated at our sites over the last 3 years.

The Group has achieved the ISO 14001 certification for its Clonmel, Matthew Clark (Whitchurch) and Bibendum sites, which is the international standard specifying the requirements for an effective environmental management system. Our Wellpark site has been recognised for its consistently excellent environmental compliance by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency.