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BY MAURA MAXWELL

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Monday 14th December 2020, 10:03 London

San Miguel ramps up sustainability efforts

The company is on course to hit 100 per cent renewables target at its main facility in Argentina by next year

San Miguel ramps up sustainability efforts

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San Miguel passed another milestone in its climate action plant after signing a new contract with renewable energy company Central Puerto.

Since August, the Famaillá Industrial Complex in Tucumán, the company’s main operation in Argentina, has been running on wind energy from the Los Olivos Wind Farm in the province of Córdoba.

At present, the farm supplies 67 per cent of the total energy consumed at the plant and by next year this is set to reach 100 per cent, depending on availability.

This new agreement reinforces San Miguel’s ten-year Climate Action Plan, which integrates initiatives such as the periodic calculation of its carbon footprint and the conservation of more than 8,000ha of native forest (more than 60 per cent of its territory in Tucumán) that act as a sink for CO2 emissions.

By swithcing to wind energy the company will save an estimated 74,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions during that period of time.

Moreover, the native forests will capture more than 370,000 tonnes of CO2, the equivalent amount that 700,000 people consume in their homes.

“We are very proud of this new step that reflects our commitment to reducing the carbon footprint of our products and creating value in harmony with our environment,” said Paula Marincioni, global manager of environment, health and safety.

Through these policies, San Miguel will meet the legal requirement for 20 per cent of electricity to come from renewables by 2025 five years early.

They also help the company meet the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.

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