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Donasay 11-09-2007 08:38 PM

Major Breweries and Global Warming
 
How much do you think major breweries contribute to global warming? I know regulation of CO2 is coming in the future, and that brewing produces a lot of it. Does anyone have any exact numbers about the extent of CO2 produced by major breweries? I mean they have to be pumping out more than most factories right?


MOD EDIT (olllllo): Sorry for the confusion. Most of the Generalized Global Warming debate has been moved to http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f19/lets-talk-global-warming-28887/

This tread seems to be more about green brewing, specifically the New Belgium link. These posts were mistakenly folded into the mix and are now restored.

jbreiding 11-09-2007 08:44 PM

hmm, do you think the amount of people on the earth exhale more co2 than breweries?

david_42 11-09-2007 08:44 PM

Brewing is almost carbon-neutral. Most of the CO2 is from the fermentation process and barley absorbs CO2 while growing.

Beerthoven 11-09-2007 08:46 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by jbreiding
hmm, do you think the amount of people on the earth exhale more co2 than breweries?

All the more reason for this.

Donasay 11-09-2007 08:48 PM

That reminds me of one of my favorite authors:

"Why do so many people talk about the extinction of the human race as if it was a bad thing?"

srm775 11-10-2007 01:00 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by jbreiding
hmm, do you think the amount of people on the earth exhale more co2 than breweries?

No, because humans don't create CO2, we just filter it out and don't utilize it.

RichBrewer 11-10-2007 01:24 AM

I won't pretend to know what I'm talking about here but I'm betting that the effect of the production of CO2 by the worlds breweries is very minimal.
I would guess that the energy used to produce heat in a brewery would have more of an effect on the environment than the CO2 released from fermentation.

But then again- what do I know???:drunk:

Brakeman_Brewing 11-10-2007 01:30 AM

id be more worried about people with 93 GMC Jimmy's with leaky gas tanks and no catalyct converters....:drunk:

mrkristofo 11-14-2007 06:06 AM

Just found this:

http://shop.newbelgium.com/sustainability.php

Vermicous 11-14-2007 06:12 AM

That is probably the most relevant post (including my own) to the OP.


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