Wiper And True’s story
It’s no secret that brewing uses a lot of energy and creates a significant amount of by-product. At Wiper and True, the brewery is focusing on big improvements in the day-to-day running of the business, reducing the environmental impacts from the operation’s energy demands, waste products and ingredient sourcing.
One of the by-products of fermentation is carbon dioxide. Like most other micro-breweries, Wiper And True used to release this CO2 directly into the atmosphere. However, they have now installed new carbon capture technology that enables them instead to harvest a lot of the CO2 generated in the fermentation process and reuse it elsewhere in the brewing and packaging process.
Since the early days, Wiper And True have been powered by 100% renewable energy tariffs. For the last two years, their tariff has also included carbon offset natural gas. Their new building in Old Market has a lot of roof space, which they have filled with solar panels via a 159kW array that is generating a large proportion of their electricity demand.
Useful learnings from Wiper And True
Intentionally, Wiper And True hope that in talking transparently about what they're up to and where they are succeeding, and failing, in their sustainability goals, they will encourage other businesses to think about their impact on the planet and what we can all do to lessen that impact. To paraphrase Anne-Marie Bonneau, we don't need a handful of people doing ‘sustainability’ perfectly; we need millions of people doing it imperfectly.