Brewery Cuts CO₂ with Algae

Video by Isabelle Rodd, Courtesy BBC News, Australia

Since first opening their doors in 2012, proprietors of Young Henrys Brewery, in Sydney, Australia, have considered their impact on the environment and tried to operate by the most sustainable means possible. In 2015, they became a part of the Pingala community investment solar program that saw solar panels installed on the roof of their business in Newtown. Not only has it meant locals can invest in renewables, it also means the brewery can run about 25% of its energy needs from the sun.

In 2020 they teamed up with the scientists at University of Technology Sydney Climate Change Cluster to find a way to make brewing beer a more carbon neutral process, and the brewery installed two 400L bioreactors of microalgae onto their brewery floor.

So far, the research has proved that using algae can make a difference to climate change by consuming CO₂ (a byproduct of the brewing process) and releasing oxygen. And in the process Young Henrys gets to market a more carbon neutral beer.

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