A sustainable brewing sector: What does it mean and how can it be accelerated?
This virtual panel debate is part of "The Brewers of Europe Sustainability Forum", with EURACTIV as official media partner. To register to the full event click here.
The Covid-19 pandemic, coupled with the on-going threat of climate change, has put the spotlight on Europe's food and drink sector. Suppliers, distributors and retailers have a collective responsibility to ensure their produce remains safe, nutritious, affordable and plentiful....observing the best sustainable practices throughout the process.
To achieve this, stakeholders along the supply chain will need help to mitigate and adapt to current threats. Access to the best science and innovation will be key. Although much progress has already been achieved by the sector, the diverse number and type of breweries must continue to make improvements in areas such as the use of water, energy, transport and packaging.
The brewing sector is central to a circular European economy and progress goes hand-in hand with the aims of the new European Green Deal and Farm to Fork strategy. Committing to reduce CO2 emissions, waste and providing the reuse of secondary products through innovative processes and solutions must become standard practice for the sector.
As the climax to two days of seminars during The Brewers of Europe Sustainability Forum, join this EURACTIV debate to hear how the brewing sector is reacting to the European Green Deal and what its impact might be. Questions will include:
-How can beer producers make the best contribution to the European Green Deal and Farm to Fork?
-What are the best sustainability initiatives in the sector? How can these be applied across the industry?
-With so much to focus on - biodiversity, waste, energy efficiency, carbon reduction, reuse of by-products - what should players in the sector, from micro to macro, prioritise?
Rozalina Petrova, Member of Cabinet of Virginijus Sinkevicius, European Commissioner for the Environment & Oceans and Fisheries, European Commission
Ivan Štefanec MEP, Member, IMCO Committee, European Parliament
Mark Demesmaeker, Member of the Senate of Belgium
Paolo Lanzarotti, CEO Asahi Europe and International
Brian Maguire, Journalist, EURACTIV
14:00 – 14:05 Welcome & house rules
14:05 – 14:15 Opening statements
14:15 – 15:15 Discussion and Q&A
15:15 – 15:20 Closing remarks from Pierre-Olivier Bergeron, Secretary General, The Brewers of Europe
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