Beverage Industry Environmental Roundtable Releases Groundbreaking Sector Guidance for GHG Reporting


T. PAUL, Minn., Apr 14, 2010 (BUSINESS WIRE) — The Beverage Industry Environmental Roundtable (BIER) has completed the Beverage Industry Sector Guidance for Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reporting (Sector Guidance), Version 2.0. The Sector Guidance is a groundbreaking document, as the first greenhouse gas (GHG) guidance document to incorporate both enterprise inventory and product carbon footprinting approaches for a single industry.

“The BIER Sector Guidance document places our industry in the forefront of corporations that are seeking to act in a socially responsible manner,” says David Walker, Director of Environmental Sustainability, PepsiCo. “By using this document to communicate consistently and transparently to our consumers, governments, investors, and other stakeholders, we are setting the standard for uniform enterprise and product-level carbon emission reporting.”

As leaders in environmental stewardship, BIER members built on existing global protocols to develop sector-specific guidance that will drive greater consistency in GHG accounting methodology across the beverage industry. Specifically, BIER used The Greenhouse Gas Protocol and Publically Available Specification 2050 as foundation protocols for enterprise inventory accounting and product carbon footprinting, respectively.

Included in the Sector Guidance are appendices on maturation of beverage alcohol, beverage retail and home refrigeration, transportation logistics and product distribution, and recycling allocation. Critical stakeholders, including World Resources Institute and Carbon Trust, participated in a formal review of the Sector Guidance and provided valuable comments.

The unique collaboration of the many subject matter experts from across BIER member companies to develop the Sector Guidance was the first of its kind. The methodology will help beverage companies develop meaningful and actionable information about GHG emissions across the entire product value chain.

The Sector Guidance is available for download at

About the Beverage Industry Environmental Roundtable

BIER is a technical coalition of leading global beverage companies working together to advance the standing of the beverage industry in the realm of environmental stewardship. The partnership was formed in 2006 and is facilitated by the Global Corporate Consultancy of Delta Consultants. Current BIER members include: American Beverage Association, Anheuser-Busch InBev, Bacardi Limited, Beam Global Spirits & Wine, Brown-Forman Corporation, Carlsberg Group, The Coca-Cola Company, Coca-Cola Enterprises, Diageo, Diversey, Inc., Ecolab, Groupe Danone, MillerCoors, Molson Coors Brewing Company, Nestle Waters, New Belgium Brewing Company, Ocean Spray Cranberries, Pernod Ricard and PepsiCo.