Alcohol is removed from beer using yeasts and bacteria. Each and every week three tankers with 75,000 litres of alcohol removed from Leffe Blond 0.0% and Jupiler 0.0% are driven out of the plant. Until now the alcohol has simply been thrown away. Together with his team David De Schutter is developing a plan to turn this alcohol into fuel.
"We believe this is a more ecological approach. Our aim is to have no waste at the end of the day. With alcohol from 85 cans of alcohol-free beer we can produce a litre of biofuel.”
Alcogroup, the Belgian producer of biofuels, is a client of AB InBev. It removes ethanol from the alcohol and turns it into fuel.
Charles Albert Peers, CEO of Alcogroup: "We are very happy that together we have found a renewable solution. Both AB InBev and we wish to reduce CO2 emissions as much as possible. The E10 petrol 95 we tank today contains a fraction of bioethanol. This product will soon be retrieved from AB InBev beers. From now on we'll be driving on beer, at least a little!"