Oland encourages and rewards creativity throughout the brewery in its search for innovative ideas that will help reduce the company’s environmental footprint.
The combined efforts of Oland and its employees, through a variety of programs, have significantly reduced water and energy consumption, improved recycling rates and diverted waste from landfills.
The Oland Brewery and its employees are realizing their dream to become the Best Beer Company in a Better World by leveraging initiatives and innovation and through new and ongoing partnerships with suppliers, utilities and recyclers.
We are committed to protecting our environment. We have cut our water usage by over 30% over the past 10 years. 99% of our waste is reused or recycled. We also continue to use less fuel and electricity.
The Oland Brewery decreased fuel consumption by 6% in 2010, saving enough fuel to heat 34 homes. Water usage dropped 3%, enough to fill 1.5 Olympic-size swimming pools.
In June 2010, Oland installed two natural gas-oil dual-fuel boilers to better manage resources and reduce carbon emissions. This reduced 2010 fuel consumption by 6% compared to 2009.
Over the past year, electricity usage per hectoliter of beer produced declined by 1% from 10.32 to 10.25 KwH.
In 2010, The Oland Brewery exceeded its target for the year and achieved a diversion rate of 99.42%.
Recycling initiatives involved 17 million kilograms of brewers grain and yeast and 1.4 million kilograms of baled paper.
Nova Scotia’s bottle deposit system ensures that about 98% of beer bottles along with the cartons are returned to the brewery where the bottles are washed for reuse and the cartons are baled for recycling.
The result of these programs was that in 2010, in total, more than 1,564 tonnes of glass was diverted from landfill and 17.87 tonnes of aluminum cans were recycled.
To see a full report on our current environmental activities, please download this document.