We installed the largest solar array on a brewery in metropolitan Melbourne, a big claim, but if there’s a bigger one out there, well done for helping our environment!
We reduced our electrical consumption by swapping old, incandescent light bulbs with highly efficient LEDs. Our skylights and large windows increased the amount of natural light, keeping the lights turned off until the night shift rolls in.
Our two malt silos outside our building, hold 27 tons of malt each. The malt we use as our base, comes in bulk deliveries from 20km down the road saving fuel and 1,080 mesh bags each time we fill one of our silos. This also means that we save 1,080 bag carrying trips for our brewers. Good for the environment and good for humans too, but wait that’s not all. Farmers John and Dave take away our spent grain after we make the beer, to feed their hungry Angus herds. This beer-brewing byproduct is usually dumped by many breweries, but instead, Hawkers spent grain is providing a no-cost nourishment to happy healthy cows in a true win-win for everyone. So good for the animals too.
A clean brewery is of utmost importance, in our clean-in-place procedures, we recycle and reuse our water. With Australia, always just around the corner from another drought, having these systems in place allows us to consume less water.
98% of our rubbish is recycled and we hope to make that 100%.
The path to sustainability may not be easy but we are committed to give it our best.