Anheuser-Busch Reduces Carbon Emissions with St. Louis Trucking Fleet Conversion
97 New Compressed Natural Gas-Powered Tractors Replacing Diesel-Fueled Fleet
SAINT LOUIS (August 25, 2015) — Anheuser-Busch today announced it is replacing all 97 diesel-fueled tractors in its St. Louis feet with new Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) fueled tractors. By transitioning to the latest CNG technology, Anheuser-Busch expects to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 2,500 tons per year.
The St. Louis announcement marks Anheuser-Busch’s second full brewery fleet transition, following last year’s successful replacement of 66 tractors in Houston. Approximately 30% of Anheuser-Busch’s heavyhaul dedicated tractors now run on cleaner-burning natural gas.
“Transitioning our entire St. Louis tractor fleet to CNG-powered engines brings environmental benefits directly to our company and our community,” said James Sembrot, Senior Director, Transportation, Anheuser-Busch. “A conversion of this scale is indicative of the commitment we’ve made to deploying more sustainable technologies and processes at each stage of the brewing process – from Seed to Sip.”
The CNG conversion comes as the 2015 football season kicks off, one of the St. Louis brewery’s busiest shipping periods of the year. The CNG tractors will ship approximately 31 million cases of beer this fall, supporting sales throughout the entire Midwest. Through advanced engine technologies, the company anticipates a 23 percent reduction in greenhouse gases versus conventional diesel equipment, the equivalent of taking approximately 526 passenger vehicles off the road.
Anheuser-Busch’s St. Louis brewery is one of the company’s largest facilities, served by a fleet that travels 11 million miles annually throughout the Midwest. The abundance of natural gas filling stations, combined with the fleet’s high mileage, made the company’s hometown of St. Louis a strategic choice for conversion.
“I want to thank Anheuser-Busch for setting an example for businesses across the City by committing to environmentally-friendly business practices,” said St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay. “With Anheuser-Busch identifying and implementing sustainable alternatives, the company is helping to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and make St. Louis a better place for all of us to live, work and play.”
Part of the company’s ‘Seed to Sip’ environmental commitment, the St. Louis CNG fleet conversion furthers a global initiative to reduce logistics-related carbon emissions by 15 percent through 2017. Parent company Anheuser-Busch InBev has made similar fleet conversions in China, Europe and Brazil as part of an effort to reduce carbon emissions globally across facilities.
The new, Freightliner-produced, natural gas-fueled tractors will be filled at a recently opened CNG station operated by U.S. Gain, near the St. Louis brewery. Amerit will provide maintenance support at a nearby facility, recently retrofitted to accommodate the new CNG fleet. J.B. Hunt, a leading transportation provider, will continue to manage Anheuser-Busch’s St. Louis dedicated fleet of tractors and drivers. Agility will provide the new CNG fleet with logistical support.
For more than 160 years, Anheuser-Busch and its world-class brewmasters have carried on a legacy of brewing America’s most-popular beers. Starting with the finest ingredients sourced from AnheuserBusch’s family of growers, every batch is crafted using the same exacting standards and time-honored traditions passed down through generations of proud Anheuser-Busch brewmasters and employees. Best known for its fine American-style lagers, Budweiser and Bud Light, the company’s beers lead numerous beer segments and combined hold 46.4 percent share of the U.S. beer market. Budweiser and Bud Light Lime Lime-A-Rita were named Brands of the Year for the Beer and the Spirits, Malt Beverages and Wine categories, respectively, by Ace Metrix® in 2014. Anheuser-Busch is the U.S. arm of Anheuser-Busch InBev and operates 16 local breweries, 17 distributorships and 23 agricultural and packaging facilities across the United States, representing a capital investment of more than $15.9 billion. Its flagship brewery remains in St. Louis, Mo., and is among the global company’s largest and most technologically capable breweries. Visitor and special beermaster tours are available at its St. Louis and five other Anheuser-Busch breweries. For more information, visit www.anheuser-busch.com.