Hepworth Brewery, a UK-based independent brewing company, is taking steps to reduce its carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions and achieve 85% carbon neutrality by investing in a small-scale carbon capture system.
Chart Industries (NYSE: GTLS), a global manufacturer of cryogenic equipment for the clean energy and industrial gas markets, announced Tuesday that Hepworth Brewery is the first European brewery to adopt and install its CiCi® carbon capture technology, developed by its subsidiary Earthly Labs.
The CiCi® technology will capture CO2, which Hepworth Brewery plans to recycle, addressing potential CO2 shortages that have historically impacted the UK food and beverage industry.
Andy Hepworth, the brewery’s founder and Chairman, highlighted the critical role of a stable CO2 supply in beer production, emphasizing the industry’s vulnerability to shortages.
While enhancing CO2 security, Hepworth Brewery’s primary focus is on reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and addressing climate change.
The company has implemented various sustainability initiatives, including local ingredient sourcing, energy efficiency measures such as solar power, and recycling efforts.
Additionally, waste heat from beer chillers is utilized to heat offices and the visitor center, with excess heat used to preheat water for brewing.
Amy George, President of Earthly Labs, commended Hepworth Brewery for its commitment to sustainability, describing them as leaders in addressing challenges as opportunities.
Europe, a hub for international climate initiatives, has seen ongoing efforts to promote carbon capture, as evidenced also by the UK government’s Clean Growth Strategy announced in 2017.
Chart Industries’ Howden division, based in the UK, will support the growing carbon capture market in Europe, providing sales, service, post-sale support, and manufacturing.
Earthly Labs will integrate Howden software monitoring into its carbon capture platform, enhancing asset monitoring capabilities for this environmentally conscious initiative.