BACARDÍ® Rum Cuts Greenhouse Gas Emissions By 50%

Iconic rum achieves major step towards ultimate Net Zero goal with plan to cut greenhouse gas emissions at its Puerto Rico distillery by 50% from next year

Hamilton, Bermuda – WEBWIRE

As a brand and as a company, we are committed to doing the right thing for the planet. Our rums are made in Puerto Rico, a beautiful island in the Caribbean where we are continuously investing in new innovations that will ensure we do just that. This year, we are celebrating our 160th anniversary and while we reflect on our incredible history we are also looking forward to a more sustainable future.”

Ned Duggan, Senior Vice President, BACARDÍ rum



Bacardi, the largest privately held spirits company in the world, has announced that its iconic premium rum brand will cut its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in half from 2023.


BACARDÍ rum’s GHG emissions will be reduced by 50% when a Combined Heat & Power (CHP) system goes live next year at the brand’s distillery in Puerto Rico. The new CHP system will replace heavy fuel oil with propane gas, a much cleaner and more efficient energy solution.


The 50% reduction in BACARDÍ rum’s GHG emissions represents a 14% cut in the total emissions globally for family-owned Bacardi, whose portfolio of premium brands also includes BOMBAY SAPPHIRE® gin, PATRÓN® tequila and GREY GOOSE® vodka – a significant step towards the 50% cut the company is committed to achieving globally by 2025.


’’We are committed to cutting our GHG emissions by reducing our energy consumption and switching to the most sustainable form of energy in the countries where we operate. While propane gas is the most responsible energy source in Puerto Rico right now, we are continuing to explore ways in which we can reduce our use of carbon-based fuels even further and take more positive steps towards our ultimate goal of Net Zero.”


Rodolfo Nervi, VP Global Safety, Quality & Sustainability for Bacardi


Other ways in which the BACARDÍ rum distillery is already pioneering new environmental practices include:

  • The generation of biogas through the waste water treatment system, which helps power the distillation and creates electricity – more than 60% of the distillery’s energy is generated this way;
  • Recapturing 95% of the heat generated during distillation to reduce the energy required;
  • Plan is underway to capture CO2 from the fermentation process so it can be supplied to the sparkling drinks industry;
  • Planting and nurturing six pollinator gardens to support local wildlife in Puerto Rico. Bacardi has received conservation certification from the Wildlife Habitat Council in recognition of its commitment to environmental stewardship.


As part of its Corporate Responsibility program, Good Spirited, and in line with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, Bacardi has set a number of goals which it is committed to achieving by 2025. These global targets, which are in addition to the company’s commitment to be 100% plastic free by 2030, include:

  • 50% cut in greenhouse gas emissions at Bacardi production sites;
  • 25% cut in water consumption at Bacardi production sites;
  • 100% key raw materials and packaging sourced sustainably;
  • 100% of product packaging to be recyclable;
  • 40% recycled content of product packaging materials;
  • Zero waste to landfill at all Bacardi production sites.


Find out more about Bacardi’s sustainability commitments and its vision to become the most environmentally responsible global spirits company at https://www.bacardilimited.com/corporate-responsibility.


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About Bacardi

Bacardi Limited, the largest privately held spirits company in the world, produces and markets internationally recognized spirits and wines. The Bacardi brand portfolio comprises more than 200 brands and labels, including BACARDÍ® rum, GREY GOOSE® vodka, PATRÓN® tequila, DEWAR’S® Blended Scotch whisky, BOMBAY SAPPHIRE® gin, MARTINI® vermouth and sparkling wines, CAZADORES® 100% blue agave tequila, and other leading and emerging brands including WILLIAM LAWSON’S® Scotch whisky, ST-GERMAIN® elderflower liqueur, and ERISTOFF® vodka. Founded 160 years ago in Santiago de Cuba, family-owned Bacardi Limited currently employs more than 8,000, operates production facilities in 10 countries, and sells its brands in more than 170 countries. Bacardi Limited refers to the Bacardi group of companies, including Bacardi International Limited. Visit www.bacardilimited.com or follow us on Twitter, LinkedIn or Instagram.

Japan – NEC upgrades its greenhouse gas reduction target to SBT1.5degC and joins RE100, a global renewable electricity initiative

In 2017, NEC Corporation (TSE: 6701) announced its climate change policy guidelines for 2050(1), aiming to reduce CO2 emissions from its direct business operations to become carbon neutral by 2050.

In order to accelerate climate change measures, NEC upgraded its greenhouse gas reduction target from the previous 33% reduction from the baseline emission in FY2017 to a 55% reduction by FY2030. This revised target was validated by the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi)(2) as being consistent with reductions required to keep global warming to 1.5degC. The target is one of the “materialities,” priority management themes from an ESG perspective, outlined in NEC’s Mid-term Management Plan 2025.

In line with this enhanced target, NEC joined RE100(3), which strives to significantly expand the adoption of renewable electricity, and Japan Climate Leaders’ Partnership (JCLP), a coalition of businesses seeking to advance the goals of decarbonisation and sustainable business. NEC is now dedicated to procuring 100% of annual electricity from renewable sources by 2050.

NEC envisions its future as “Living harmoniously with the earth to secure the future” in the “NEC 2030VISION.” As part of this, NEC will work with a wide range of stakeholders to realize a decarbonized society.

(1) Formulation of climate change policy guidelines aimed at 2050
https://www.nec.com/en/global/csr/eco/risk.html?#anc-strategy
(2) Science Based Targets initiative:
An initiative jointly established by the United Nations Global Compact, the World Resources Institute (WRI), and other organizations in 2015. It encourages companies to set GHG emission reduction targets consistent with science-based evidence to the level required by the Paris Agreement, validating targets that comply with criteria including indirect emissions not only within the company but also in the supply chain.
(3) RE100:
A collaborative global initiative of influential businesses committed to 100% renewable electricity. It is led by The Climate Group in partnership with CDP. The Japan Climate Leaders’ Partnership (JCLP) has supported the participation of Japanese companies as a regional partner.

About NEC Corporation

NEC Corporation has established itself as a leader in the integration of IT and network technologies while promoting the brand statement of “Orchestrating a brighter world.” NEC enables businesses and communities to adapt to rapid changes taking place in both society and the market as it provides for the social values of safety, security, fairness and efficiency to promote a more sustainable world where everyone has the chance to reach their full potential. For more information, visit NEC at https://www.nec.com.

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