Green Breweries Brewery equipment at Newport Craft Brewing & Distilling Co. Brewery equipment at Gray Sail Brewery in Westerly RI. Brewing equipment at Apponaug Brewery in Warwick. Prev Next Slide 1 Slide 2 Slide 3 Slide 4 As of 2023, the increasingly popular craft beverage industry in Rhode Island hosts close to 39 open breweries across the state. Although these breweries are an important part of the state's economy, they can negatively affect water quality in their communities if they do not use proper pollution prevention practices. The wastewater generated from breweries, distilleries, and wineries can cause problems for wastewater treatment facilities (WWTF) and septic systems from large volumes of organic waste. The brewing process also uses high volumes of water and electricity. There are many actions breweries can take to reduce their environmental impact, prevent pollution, conserve natural resources, and be a model of sustainability. In RI, most craft beverage producers already have a strong culture of sustainability and a desire to protect natural resources and the environment for future generations while crafting the finest beverages. DEM's Office of Customer and Technical Assistance has prepared the RI Green Breweries Program to help them get to where they want to be while recognizing all their hard work. Need help getting started? Contact email@example.com for more information. COMING SOON in 2024! Rhode Island Green Breweries/ New England Sustainable Craft Beverage Program A voluntary program to recognize Rhode Island Breweries implementing pollution prevention and sustainable best management practices. Provides free technical assistance to craft beverage manufacturers who are interested in implementing pollution prevention practices and decreasing their impact on the environment. Rhode Island has collaborated with Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire to outline regional performance standards. Becoming a RI Green Brewery allows your facility to be regionally recognized as well without an extra application! Technical Assistance We can help you... Improve profitability while minimizing environmental impacts. Create a culture of sustainability by empowering employees to drive the effort. Minimize natural resource usage. Provide a safer work environment. Add value to your local community. Preserve supply chain ingredients. Enhance your image as a responsible craft beverage producer. Assist with managing your waste stream. Contact OCTA staff to get started at firstname.lastname@example.org Benchmarking The first step to being sustainable is to track energy and water usage, which will guide the development of strategic pollution prevention planning. We call it benchmarking. Tracking your energy usage, water usage, and waste stream helps guide the development of unique pollution prevention strategies aimed at reducing your business’s environmental impact. Brewers Association Sustainability Benchmarking Tool Contact OCTA staff to get started at email@example.com Craft Beverage Pollution Solutions There are many best practices for energy and water conservation that can easily be incorporated into daily operations, as well as solutions that can reach even further and lead to operating cost reductions and new community initiatives. Improve Energy Efficiency Breweries rely on coolers for the brewing process and have the opportunity to reduce their use and associated costs through the use of solar, energy star appliances, LED lighting, heat recovery, insulation, as well as rebates and incentives. The first step of this process is to conduct an energy audit. Resources RI Energy RISE provides free energy audits and resources for small businesses. RISE Small Business Energy Assessment RISE Apponaug Brewing Company Case Study Rhode Island Energy Small Business Energy Efficiency Programs Rhode Island Energy Tips for Businesses The new Southern New England Industrial Assessment Center (IAC) at UConn & University of New Haven, administered by the US DOE, provides free audits and consulting services to small and medium-sized manufacturers for saving energy, reducing water usage, reducing carbon footprint, adopting renewable energy, and improving productivity. Breweries with energy bills greater than $100,000/year may be eligible and can request an assessment. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to determine eligibility UMass IAC Success Story – Cisco Brewery Energy Star Treasure Map for Microbreweries USEPA – Brewing Up Energy Savings Rhode Island Renewable Energy Opportunities: Rhode Island Commerce Renewable Energy Fund Rhode Island Infrastructure Bank Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy Rhode Island Community Solar Marketplace Rhode Island Small Business Development Center Rhode Island Small Business Development Center Counseling Solar photovoltaics (PV) and solar hot water heating systems can harness energy from the sun to provide power to the brewery and preheat water for the brewing process. Fermenter control systems save energy by making sure pumps run only when they need to and reduce beer waste by keeping the beer at the correct temperature throughout the brewing process. Regional Breweries utilizing solar and energy efficiency practices: Solar Energy at Throwback Brewery – Video Center for EcoTechnology – Barrington Brewery Solar Hot Water Installation Island Dog Brewing: Saving Energy Through Sustainable Brewing and a Fermenter Control Board in Maine – Video NHDES Pollution Prevention Case Study for Refrigeration How Vermont Beer Makers Brew Up Savings Portsmouth Brewery – 900 Degrees Reduce Air Pollution The main sources of emissions from breweries are from volatile organic compounds (VOCs) created by the fermentation and filling processes and particulate matter (PM) from grain handling. Breweries can improve air quality by installing emission controls and recapturing CO2 generated during the fermentation process for reuse in brewing. Resources Examples of air pollution reduction efforts include: Maintenance, efficient kettles/boilers/HVAC, electric forklifts/machinery, CO2 recovery, and local sourcing One small benchmark for CO2 usage is checking your system regularly for leaks. Nitrogen can also be used to clear lines and purge tanks instead of CO2 to save on CO2 costs. A CO2 capture can also be used to reuse CO2 gas more efficiently in your system: NHDES Discover How CO2 Capsure Can Benefit Your Brewery and the Environment – Video NHDES Innovatie Craft Beverage Solutions – CO2 Capture Technology – Video Energy News Network – Carbon Capture and Brews: Rhode Island Brewery Puts Emissions Back into Beers Local Sourcing webinar: TDEC – Sourcing Local Ingredients for Spirits Production – Video The Northeast Grainshed Alliance is a group of farmers, millers, maltsters, brewers, bakers, distillers, and more committed to building a local food chain in the Northeast. Using local grains contributes to farmland preservation. The SQFT Project, including SQFT calculators, is a way to assess the ingredients of craft grain beverages, generating figures that represent the square footage of farmland involved in making each product. Craft Malt Finder Save Water & Manage Wastewater There are many best practices for energy and water conservation that can easily be incorporated into daily operations, as well as solutions that can reach even further and lead to operating cost reductions and new community initiatives. Resources Wastewater discharge information, BMPs Local Limits Table 2023 RIDEM – RI Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (RIPDES) NHDES – Effects of Breweries, Distilleries, and Wineries on Publicly Owned Treatment Works NHDES – Wastewater Best Management Practices for Breweries Wastewater Management and Sustainable Practices for Rhode Island Craft Brewers PDF file, about 7mbmegabytes Industrial Pretreatment Program Factsheet for Breweries, Wineries & Distilleries PDF file, less than 1mbmegabytes List of WWTF Industrial Pretreatment Program Contacts (IPP Contacts) PDF file, less than 1mbmegabytes Wastewater Disposal Guidance for Breweries, Wineries & Distilleries PDF file, less than 1mbmegabytes Reduce Solid Waste The brewing process generates a variety of wastes, including spent grains, spent yeast and tank bottoms. Other wastes that breweries may generate include packaging, mandatory recyclables and scrap plate waste from dining, all of which can be diverted from landfill. Resources Center for EcoTechnology – Rhode Island Wasted Food Solutions CET Rhode Island Services Providers CET Apponaug Brewery Case Study RI Food waste law and RI recycling law RIDEM – Commercial Recycling in Rhode Island Institute for Local Self-Reliance – Rhode Island Food Waste Recycling Requirements PakTech Recycling Program BarTrack BarTrack NHDES – BarTrack Presentation Rhode Island Outlets for Brewer Solid Waste PDF file, less than 1mbmegabytes Solid Waste Guidance for Breweries, Wineries & Distilleries PDF file, less than 1mbmegabytes Additional Resources P2: Pollution Prevention – Brewing Success with P2 Grantees New England Collaborative Connecticut DEEP Sustainable Breweries and Other Craft Beverages New Hampshire DES Sustainable Craft Beverages NHDES Craft Beverage Environmental Best Practices Maine New England Environmental Finance Center Sustainable Craft Beverage Program Massachusetts UMass Center for Sustainable Enterprise and Regional Competitiveness New York State Pollution Prevention Institute North Carolina Green Breweries and Distilleries Kentucky Sustainable Spirits Initiative Tennessee Sustainable Spirits Resources Virginia Environmental Excellence Program Vermont Leaders from Brewery and Dairy Industries Join New Sustainability Cohorts Colorado Sustainable Breweries Assistance Iowa Green Brewery Certification Distiller Magazine – Taking Sustainability Deep Portico Brewing – Environmental Handprint Ecological Handprints – About Green Brewery Success Stories DEM would like to highlight and thank the breweries that have volunteered in onboarding this program from the beginning through videos and case studies NOTICE Coming soon! Green Wineries self-certification program and resources.