Water is becoming a scarce resource, due to the growing population in Uganda, yet very important in our business.
Recent studies show that the level of water in the Nile Basin is decreasing rapidly, therefore causing us to regard water conservation, as one of our top priorities. Nile Breweries has implemented a comprehensive improvement plan, to support the drive for continuous improvement in water efficiency.
We have set ourselves targets to lower the water usage in our operations. At Nile Breweries, we are proud that we have reduced our water consumption from eight hectolitres of water per hectolitre of beer produced in 2006 to less than 3.6 hectolitres today. This has been achieved through a number of capital projects such as the recovery of filter-backwash water for floor washing in non-production areas, machine cooling water recovery and reuse and improved metering. We have also worked hard to improve employee awareness on saving water. Each week, every department in the brewery reports their water usage to ensure performance matches our targets.
The company has in place ultra-modern Effluent Treatment Plants at all sites to ensure the brewery discharges clean water into the River Nile and River Rwizi.
The process involves removing solids from the waste stream, restoring the pH balance of the water, converting organic material into biogas and sludge, disinfecting the waste water and then returning it to the river. We are able to use the biogas as fuel to power our brewery plants and the sludge is used as a fertiliser while yeast is used as feed for animals by local farmers.
Award: In 2012, Nile Breweries Limited won the National Environmental Management Authority (NEMA) Award, as the best corporate in environment protection.
We are committed to improving our energy efficiency and reducing greenhouse gases and have a holistic plan to achieve it. We have over the years achieved our energy efficiency numbers currently sitting at an average of 128MJ per hectoliter. Our energy usage targets just like water efficiency, is supported by a comprehensive improvement plan for the next 3-5 years on a rolling basis.
In addition to the long term plans, we run localised short interval plans, aimed at creating better utilisation of both energy and water.
The carbon footprint is mapped and emissions are measured within the scope of the plant, which includes information from fleet distribution services.
We began piloting non Hydro Fluorocarbon (HFC) fridges as well as a planned replacement of all non HFC air conditioners with HFC.
Annual fuel consumption for first tier on wholesale distribution is being recorded.
In addition, the company has set up the following qualitative measures, as action plans to enhance energy efficiency and reduce carbon footprint subsequently.
• Insulate all steam pipes and flanges to reduce wastage;
• Optimize boiler combustion and condensate recovery efficiency;
• Prepare scope and quote for separate spent grain blower for brew house B;
• Optimize use of biogas from the ETP to benefit utilities.
Nile Breweries Limited is focused on being a returnable glass operation. The returnable bottle strategy enables us to reuse, recycle and therefore reduce our impact on the environment.
Glass by nature is brittle and therefore breakage as result of age or mode of handling is at times inevitable.
As an approach towards environmental sustainability, broken glass is collected and returned to Central Glass Industries in Nairobi. This is where it is re-melted and remoulded into new glass bottles. There is no monetary benefit to the company for this recycling exercise.
It is purely done for protection of the environment and after realization of our corporate social responsibility in the area of reducing waste footprint.
Another category of waste that is recycled comes from packaging namely; carton boxes and polythene lining. Carton boxes are sold to Aquila Investments for packaging other products manufactured by cottage industries. Polythene lining is sold to traditional roast nut and snack producers.
Waste separation at source is key, as it makes it easier and more attractive for the potential user besides in line with the objective of sustainable waste management through re-use.
The company has acquired and installed a weigh bridge to support and measure the quantities of material inflow and wastes generated during the manufacturing processes.
Nile Breweries has a very robust approach to waste reduction through the establishment of highly efficient operations.
By operating efficiently, waste is significantly reduced. Areas that have received special attention include the following.
In partnership with the government of Uganda, NBL pioneered the use of local raw materials (LRM) in commercial brewing of clear beer in Uganda – the LEAP.
The “win/win” model of a public private partnership (PPP) in the sorghum project emboldened the Government and NBL to adopt a similar approach to beer made from imported malt.
Under our Corporate Social Investment (CSI) strategy, Nile Breweries Limited engages in initiatives that are over and above profit making, so as to help local communities improve their lives.
We mainly focus on empowering local communities with information, skills and life improvement tools, as opposed to cash hand-outs.
Nile Breweries works closely with partners who bring to the table technical skills and matching funds in implementing our CSI programmes. In this regard we, among many initiatives, have:
We have drilled 15 boreholes in water stressed farming communities across 15 districts over a period of 4 years.
As a result over 12,125 farmers are benefiting from 70.3 million litres of water per annum and enjoying improved health care from drinking clean water.
The water initiative has generated a total social return on investment (SROI) of Ush 5,600 for every Ush 1,000 invested.
Green Towns Project
As a commitment to protect the environment, we have planted 14,000 trees among farmers to protect their farms from soil erosion. We have also planted trees in our main trading towns through the “Green Towns Project.”
We run the Equality Scholarship, an initiative started in 2011 to provide secondary school scholarships to gifted children of rural farmers to study in Uganda’s elite secondary schools. It aims to bridge the income gap and allow special talent to blossom—bringing life-long changes to the fortunes of poor households through quality education.
The scholarship will cost Ush 1.5 billion to fully cycle the first six years of admissions (2011-2023).
So far, the scholarship has 63 beneficiaries. In a related initiative, Nile Breweries offers secondary school scholarships for all orphans of the victims of the July 11, 2010 twin terrorist bombings in Kampala, targeting fans watching the finals of the Soccer World Cup.
We are in partnership with Gayaza High School, Nabisunsa Girls School, Uganda Martyrs Namugongo, Kings College Budo, St. Mary’s College Kisubi, Ntare School, Namilyango College, Seeta High School, Namirembe Hillside High School and St. Mary’s College Lugazi to provide the two scholarships.
HIV/AIDS has been a public health problem in Uganda for the last three decades. We are committed to reduce the spread and impact of HIV/AIDS in all its spheres of operation.
The company’s HIV/Aids interventions target the employees, their families, the community around the brewery; as well the wider supply chain in an initiative dubbed “From Grain to Glass.”
The company conducts routine HIV/AIDS voluntary counselling and testing (VCT). Employees are encouraged to test with their spouses and children in order to strengthen prevention at the family level, and access care and support when required.
We have a total of 27 employees living with HIV/AIDS and they are all on anti-retroviral treatment (ARVS) and are working diligently for the company.
Our management fully supports VCT by way of active participation in VCT campaigns and also through advocacy and logistical support. Company skills and infrastructure are used for multi-stakeholder initiatives to increase HIV/Aids awareness in the wider community.
Our partnership with USAID and other local health institutions has greatly created awareness of the HIV/ AIDS pandemic among our employees and the supply chains.
• In order to ensure we continuously monitor the knowledge, attitudes and practices of our employees in relation to HIV/AIDS, we regularly conduct KAP (Knowledge, Attitude and Practice) surveys; using the results to close any gaps.
• The company carried out the last KAP survey in 2011 and the findings were disseminated to all employees. The key findings and action points are reviewed on an annual basis through the peer educator’s platform. A KAP survey tool for 2012 was developed and the survey was done in September.
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