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Promotion of efficient utilisation of water and reduction of water discharge from African beverage industries to contribute to the fulfilment of the African Water Vision.

The availability of water in adequate quantity and quality determines the viability of these industries. The potential to reduce the water consumption in these industries in Africa is considerable, considering that they exceed international bench marks for water consumption significantly.

This also indicates that there are opportunities for Cleaner Production measures to reduce the water consumption in these industries. Based on the outcome from a sectoral study (which showed that African breweries are consuming 75‐200% of water above the global benchmark), a framework analysis and an in‐plant assessment that were conducted under the African Brewery Sector Water Saving Initiative (ABREW) in four African countries (Ethiopia, Ghana, Morocco and Uganda) and in the context of the African Water Vision, the African Beverage Industry Water Saving Initiative (ABIWSI) was formulated.

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Michael Fegerl (2017-08-30 12:08:56)

in Heinekens presentation during world water day, Kigali 22 march 2016, Sander Bokelman (technical director Bralirwa, Brewery in Rwanda) showed the water footprint -  benchmarks from brewery value chain:

Barley 100 - 250 hl/hl
Malting 1.0  hl/hl
Brewing 3.9  hl/hl
Containers 0.5 - 8.0 hl/hl

and compared with global average water footprints per products from water footprint network WFN:

298 l water per l beer
870  l water per l wine
1020 l water per l milk
1056 l water per l coffee
108 l water per l tea


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