Beer brewers call for climate change policies

Twenty-four breweries joined a coalition of businesses Tuesday endorsing government policies to fight climate change.

The beer companies range from major brands like the Guinness Brewery and New Belgium Brewing Co. to smaller craft brewers like Kona Brewing Co.

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They joined the more than 1,300 companies organized by corporate sustainability group Ceres in signing the organization’s Climate Declaration, launched in 2013 to support corporate and government actions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and slow climate change.

“These brewing companies see the financial upside of tackling climate change today, both for their own bottom lines and the overall economy,” Anne Kelly, director of policy at Ceres, said in a statement.

“We believe that a strong economy and a stable climate go hand in hand,” Jenn Vervier, director of strategy and sustainability at New Belgium, said in the statement. “We’ve committed to making our business sustainable, and it’s more important than ever that businesses engage with policymakers to support forward-thinking climate and energy policies.”

Ceres argued that brewers have many reasons to join the fight against climate change and face many risks from a warming planet.

For example, climate change threatens both the growing of hops and clean water resources, both essential to beer production.

The 24 breweries signing the declaration have taken various steps toward sustainability, like using energy efficient lighting, capturing methane and recycling steam in their operations, Ceres said.