Bacardi Launches System To Reduce Emissions

October 5, 2023 | 5 Comments

Bacardi has opened a Combined Heat & Power [CHP] system in Puerto Rico “which will cut greenhouse gas [GHG] emissions of the iconic BACARDÍ rum brand in half.”

A spokesperson said, “Bacardi, the largest privately held international spirits company, celebrates the opening of its new Combined Heat & Power [CHP] system in Puerto Rico which will cut greenhouse gas [GHG] emissions of the iconic BACARDÍ rum brand in half. Bacardi marked the opening with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the world’s largest premium rum distillery located in Cataño, Puerto Rico.

“The new CHP system replaces heavy fuel oil with propane gas which shifts the site to even cleaner energy. The system will generate 100% of the energy used at the campus including the distillery, offices and the Casa BACARDÍ visitor center – one of the most visited tourist destinations on the island.

“The 50% reduction in BACARDÍ rum’s GHG emissions is a significant step in reducing emissions globally for the family-owned company. In addition to BACARDÍ rum, the Bacardi portfolio of premium brands includes PATRÓN® tequila, GREY GOOSE® vodka, BOMBAY SAPPHIRE®, DEWAR’S® Blended Scotch whisky and many others. Bacardi is committed to cutting 50% of its GHG emissions globally, across the business, by 2025.’

“At Bacardi, we are committed to cutting our GHG emissions by reducing our energy consumption and switching to the most sustainable form of energy where we make our beloved brands. We are continuously exploring ways in which we can take more positive steps towards our ultimate goal of Net Zero across our sites. We are proud of the work we are doing in Puerto Rico, and across the globe, to be greener and cleaner with our energy,” Edwin Zayas, Vice President of Operations for Bacardi Corporation in Puerto Rico said.

Bacardi CHP System Bermuda October 2023

The spokesperson said, “Other ways in which the BACARDÍ rum distillery is continuously pioneering and implementing new environmental practices, including:

  • The creation of biogas through the cleaning of waste water, which then powers the distillation and creates electricity – more than 60% of the distillery’s energy is generated this way;
  • A new treatment system that helps clean the biogas and reduce environmental impacts;
  • Recapturing 95% of the heat generated during distillation to reduce the energy required;
  • Developing a new project to capture CO2 from the fermentation process and supply it to the sparkling drinks industry on the island;
  • Planting and nurturing pollinator gardens to support local wildlife in Puerto Rico. Bacardi has received conservation certification from the Wildlife Habitat Council in recognition of its commitment to environmental stewardship and was recently re-certified for the third time for its efforts. It remains the only initiative on the island to hold WHC certification;
  • To mark its 161st anniversary, Bacardi will plant 161 coconut trees in Puerto Rico this year. The trees will help regenerate and protect a beach located near the BACARDÍ rum distillery, an area that has suffered significant hurricane damage in recent years.

“Bacardi Corporation, part of Bacardi Limited, was founded in Puerto Rico in 1936 and has been manufacturing “the World’s Most Awarded” rum since then. The current distillery, built in 1958 on 127 acres in the town of Cataño, is the largest premium rum distillery in the world and known as the “Cathedral of Rum”.”

“As a family-owned company, we take great responsibility in protecting the legacy of generations to come. The work we are doing today will help build a more sustainable future for our people and the planet,” Magaly Feliciano, Global Sustainability Director said.

The spokesperson said, “As part of its Corporate Responsibility program, Good Spirited, and in line with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, Bacardi has set a number of goals which it is committed to achieving by 2025. These global targets, which are in addition to the company’s commitment to be 100% plastic free by 2030, include:

  • 50% cut in greenhouse gas emissions at Bacardi production sites;
  • 25% cut in water consumption at Bacardi production sites;
  • 100% key raw materials and packaging sourced sustainably;
  • 100% of product packaging to be recyclable;
  • 40% recycled content of product packaging materials;
  • Zero waste to landfill at all Bacardi production sites.

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  1. Hilarious! says:

    How does one cut “greenhouse gas [GHG] emissions” when the term is completely made up?

    FACT: The earth’s atmosphere has never been accurately modeled in boxes, in bottles, by laboratory experiments, or by computer models. Not even close! Read any climate research paper that predicts the earth’s global climate in 2050 & 2100 and notice that things like the number of hurricanes, tornadoes, thunderstorms, etc, are totally absent in any calculations and models. Why?

    Has anyone ever seen a greenhouse with no roof and a floor of 70%+ circulating water? Ice caps?

    If anything, water vapor is overwhelmingly the main “greenhouse gas” and the earth is 70%+ water. Hint: Governments cannot tax Mother Nature nor control Mother Nature.

    If you believe that CO2 is evil, think about what you exhale and what plants consume. If you are really a hardcore environmentalist, avoid consuming anything that gives you gas to avoid producing evil methane. Never, ever, open a bottle of champagne. Never drink a soda. No bubbly Italian water from a bottle. Go CO2-free with your drinks. Rum without the Coke always comes to mind.

    • Joe Bloggs says:

      All words are “made up”.

      • Hilarious! says:

        Do you get bonus points for being Bernews’ most prolific expert on everything? Seriously, for once come back with something relevant to the conversation. Wait, you admitted in a comment to me in another story that you have no climate knowledge. Take a break.

        • Joe Bloggs says:

          “you admitted in a comment to me in another story that you have no climate knowledge”

          No, I said I am not a climate expert, as you appear to be. My expertise is in physics.

          But feel free to continue to misrepresent what others say in order to further your own agenda.

  2. Hilarious! says:

    There is no need to confirm with more irrelevant comments that you have no climate knowledge. There is no need to compulsively comment on everything. Take a break. Read a book. Go fishing.

    Whip me for having an agenda to educate people on the FACTS in the public domain about climate scientists, the 97%+ AGW claim, public statements, public information, “green” energy, global warming/climate change/global boiling/climate crisis, sea level rise, etc.

    I am so baaaaad for organizing and summarizing information into an understandable form to educate Bermudians and Bermuda Government officials. I am so ashamed of myself. What public service do you do for the readers on this site again?

    Say, do you know the inaccuracy range of the one (1) NOAA sea level gauge in Bermuda? Hint: it is greater than 15% but less than 99%. It is public information so surely you must know.

    What is your agenda? As the most prolific commenter on Bernews, you must have one. Regale the readers with your goals. Here is an opportunity for you to tell your untold story.

    I will defer to your alleged expertise in physics when a story comes up on physics. Until then… Oh, BTW, scientists claim that a lot of climate science is based on physics. Oddly, you somehow did not know that fact and never used your expertise to refute any of my comments. Go figure.

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