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CLIMATENSERVANCYCOTHE2The Carbon Footprint ofFat Tire®Amber AleSome proprietary content (i.e. trade secrets)has been withheld from this version.
ContentsExecutive Summary01Definition of Terms02Introduction04The Climate Conservancy04Life Cycle Assessment (LCA)04Background of Beer LCA04Upstream05Packaging & Non-consumable Materials05Consumable Materials09Entity20Brewing Operations20Manufacturing Waste Disposal22Corporate Behavior24Downstream26Distribution26Retail27Use28Disposal29Conclusions31References32
The carbon footprint of Fat Tire®Amber Ale01Executive SummarySystem boundaries of the assessed life cycle encompassacquisition and transport of raw materials, brewing opera-tions, business travel, employee communting, transportand storage during distribution and retail, use anddisposal of waste.The carbon footprint of a 6-pack of Fat Tire®Amber Ale(FT), or the total greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions duringits life cycle, is 3,188.8 grams of CO2equivalents (g CO2e).Of this total, emissions from New Belgium BrewingCompany’s own operations and the disposal of wasteproduced therefrom account for only 173.0 g CO2e, or5.4%.Upstream emissions during production and trans-portation of packaging materials and beer ingredients addup to 1,531.3 g CO2e, or 48.0% of total emissions.Down-stream emissions from distribution, retail, storage anddisposal of waste account for the remaining 1,484.6 gCO2e, or 46.6% of the total.The largest line item in the tally of GHG emissions iselectricity used for refrigeration at retail: 829.8 g CO2e.The next largest sources are production and transportationof glass and malt (including barley): 690.0 and 593.1 gCO2e, respectively.These three sources alone account for68.4% of all emissions embodied in a 6-pack of FT.Thebulk of remaining emissions are accounted for by produc-tion and transportation of paper and CO2for carbonation,refrigeration in consumer’s homes, distribution transport,and natural gas consumed during brewing operations.These six sources account for another 25.1% of totalemissions per 6-pack of FT.This report contains the results of work performed by The Climate Conservancyin cooperation with New Belgium Brewing Company to assess greenhousegases emitted across the full life cycle of Fat Tire®Amber Ale.3,188.8 g CO2eRetailBarleyUseDistributionGlassMaltBrewing OperationsAll Other SourcesCO2PaperFigure 1.Carbon Footprint of Fat Tire®Amber Aleshowing major sources of GHG emissions bypercentage of total emissions.28.1%21.6%12.6%6.0%8.2%8.4%6.6%3.9%2.3%2.3%
Definition of Terms6-packSix glass bottles of 12 fluid ounce capacity each,packaged together in a paperboard carrier.Carbon CreditsSee “Offsets”Carbon FootprintThe carbon footprint, or embodiedcarbon, of a product or service is the total amount ofGHGs emitted across the life cycle of a product.Thoughthere are non-CO2GHGs that are included in the carbonfootprint, the term arises from the most significant GHG:CO2(carbon dioxide).

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