Deschutes Brewery joins Dept. of Energy’s Better Climate Challenge


Today, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) recognized Deschutes Brewery for committing to reduce portfolio-wide greenhouse gas emissions by at least 50% within 10 years and to work with DOE to share successful solutions and decarbonization strategies.

As a partner in DOE’s Better Climate Challenge, Deschutes Brewery is one of more than 80 organizations across the U.S. economy that are stepping up to the Challenge and driving real-world action toward a low-carbon future.

As Deschutes Brewery undertakes this challenge, DOE will support efforts with technical assistance, peer-to-peer learning opportunities, and a platform for the organization to demonstrate its commitment to being part of the solution to climate change.

“Deschutes is proud to partner with the DOE through the Better Climate Challenge to directly address climate change with responsible and sustainable business processes that reduce our carbon footprint,” said Deschutes Brewery CEO, Peter Skrbek.

To reach its emissions goal Deschutes Brewery plans to consider implementing a COrecovery system to reuse CO2 from brewing operations, utilize renewable energy for carbon neutrality, consider alternative fuels for brewery vehicles and onsite solar power, and remain a committed member of the DOE’s Better Plants program to continually reduce energy intensity.

“Better Climate Challenge partners like Deschutes Brewery are committing to decarbonize across their portfolio of buildings, plants, and fleets and share effective strategies to transition our economy to clean energy,” said U.S. Secretary of Energy Jennifer M. Granholm. “Their leadership and innovation are crucial in our collective fight against climate change while strengthening the U.S. economy.”

The Better Climate Challenge is the government platform that provides transparency, accountability, technical assistance, and collaboration to identify decarbonization pathways and provide recognition for leadership across the US economy.

The challenge builds on over a decade of DOE experience through the Better Buildings Initiative.

Through Better Buildings, DOE partners with public and private sector organizations to make commercial, public, industrial, and residential buildings more efficient, thereby saving billions of dollars on energy bills, reducing emissions, and creating thousands of jobs.

To date, more than 950 Better Buildings partners have shared their innovative approaches and strategies for adopting energy-efficient technologies.


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