Plzensky Prazdroje Group, a subsidiary of SAB Miller in Velke Popvice has installed a system of Fermentation CO2 recovery in its beer production plant. The system captures the fermentation CO2 which was formally released into the air and uses it in a further stage of beer production. The other stage of beer production normally would use CO2 produced from fossil sources. This system is already functioning in the breweries Plzen and Nosvice.

13.3 million crowns ($0.65 Mn) were invested into the equipment to perform this function.

The captured CO2 is also used in the bottle filling process.

Annually, it will not be necessary to produce 2000 tons of CO2 from fossil sources and the amount will not end up in the atmosphere as a waste product. From 2005-2007, the plant reduced its CO2 emissions by 55 thousand tons. The brewery also uses natural gas that emits less CO2 than other fossil fuel sources. In addition, the brewery also burns biofuels in all of its operations.



  1. 1 Adam Rose - Risk Management August 13, 2007 at 3:57 pm

    Interesting article, thanks

    …I think you will find your translation of costs is out one way or another. As i’m sure you will appreciate, it is important not to scare off potential CO2 reducers by mis-reporting the costs of action.

    1 CZK = 0.0507 USD meaning that the cost was $674,310

    i.e. you have over estimated the cost by 100 times actual cost, unless you meant to put $0.65 Million USD, or the Czech investment was incorrect?

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  2. 2 Aurelien August 13, 2007 at 5:55 pm

    Indeed, thanks for your attention!

    It’s approximately $0.65 Mn. My mistake, sorry.

  3. 3 Adam Rose - Risk Management August 14, 2007 at 2:16 am

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    Thanks for the hard work

  4. 4 Aurelien August 14, 2007 at 9:02 am

    Thank you Adam, your comment is really appreciated!

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