San Miguel to slash water use by half by 2025
San Miguel Corporation today announced that it is undertaking measures to cut the water used in its businesses by 50 percent by 2025.
“San Miguel is going to set an example in its responsible use and management of water,” San Miguel president and chief operating officer Ramon S. Ang said. “Many of our facilities are already efficient in terms of using water, but we can always do more. Given the scale of our need, we’re working to become more conscious about our water footprint.”
San Miguel announced the roll out of an integrated water management system today to coincide with World Water Day.
The company said water essential to many of its brands. Beer, for instance, is 90 percent water, and liquor is around 85 percent water. Aside from being an ingredient in its products, water is also important in its operations to clean, cool, heat, produce steam and pasteurize. It is an important input to raw materials and packaging and major input to the power and oil refining industries.
San Miguel’s strategy for reducing water consumption revolves around minimizing the use of water from ground water sources and reusing and recycling process water and harvesting rainwater. The company will also utilize run off water from mountains, creeks and rivers by filtering it and string it for irrigation.
In the first year of the program, Ang said the company will be focused on data gathering and determine the baseline and see where the company can improve on.