Bodriggy Brewing Co. has achieved carbon neutral certification across all its beer production and business operations under the Federal Government’s Climate Active program.

The certification process involved an in-depth two-year audit to calculate the business’s emissions, during which time Bodriggy worked alongside Climate Active and carbon and energy management experts Pangolin Associates. In addition, the brewery purchased internationally certified carbon credits to offset emissions during FY22 and developed a pathway to cut total emissions by 30 per cent by 2030.

Bodriggy was founded in 2016 by Peter Walsh, Jon Costello, Anthony Daniels and Jessica Morris, following the success of the team’s other hospitality projects, Collingwood bar Dr Morse and coffee shop Plug Nickel.

Walsh is proud of the carbon neutral status, which he said is the first Climate Active certification for a Victorian brewery.

“We’re really proud to be recognised as the first Victorian, and second national, carbon neutral brewery across everything we do, including our production processes, administrational aspects and of course, our froths. Having started Bodriggy eight years ago, not only have we grown up, but our customers have too. We’ve evolved as people with different personal values, ones which place importance on protecting the environment more, and we want to reflect that in all that Bodriggy does.

“Although we’ve been on this journey for many years and already implemented a lot of new processes, we recognise it’s only the beginning. Working with Pangolin, we’ve developed an in-depth plan to get our total emissions down by 30 per cent by 2030 and as big supporters of the arts, want to explore as many local initiatives as possible to continue cultivating a creative culture throughout our great community,” he said.

Sustainability has been important for Bodriggy since its foundation, starting with sourcing reused materials for the brewery and brewpub builds. Other climate conscious initiatives include installing solar panels, using serving tanks to minimise keg usage, and implementing waste minimising methods in the kitchens. In the future, Bodriggy plans to implement water reduction techniques by installing a clean-in-place (CIP) kit to reduce hot water consumption by approximately 600L per day and chemical usage by half. There are also plans to install a cardboard crusher and increase the usage of green energy.

Clare De Silva, Senior Consultant, Pangolin Associates, congratulated Bodriggy on its eco-conscious initiatives.

“The Bodriggy Brewing Co. team have shown how any brewery can pivot their processes and become carbon neutral. With climate change affecting everyone, it’s been wonderful to see the dedication from all team members to reach this momentous milestone within the brewing industry and particularly becoming the first Victorian brewery to do so. We look forward to working with Bodriggy to continue protecting the environment for generations to come,” she said.

To celebrate the Climate Active accreditation, Bodriggy has partnered with Lekker electric bikes, giving customers the opportunity to win a Jordaan Urban Lekker Bike, Lekker and Bodriggy vouchers, and free beer. Entries can be made with every Bodriggy Pale Ale purchase across select venues in Victoria.

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