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Göss Brewery celebrates becoming carbon-neutral

Production of the most popular beers in Austria brewed at the Göss Brewery are now fully carbon-neutral.

This goal has been achieved thanks to electricity from hydropower, biomass district heating, solar thermal energy and renewable energy from the newly built beer grain fermentation plant by BDI – BioEnergy International.

We are immensely proud that beer production at Göss will in the future be fully CO2-neutral thanks to the beer grain fermentation plant. This makes it the first carbon-neutral large-scale brewery in the world.(Markus Liebl, CEO Brau Union Österreich)


Energy supply is now 100% based on renewable energy and CO2 emissions from fossil fuels will be zero.

Lessons learned

  • Close to 40% of the brewery’s heat requirement is met from waste heat discharged from the neighbouring Mayr-Melnhof sawmill.

  • 90% of the waste heat generated in the brewing process is used to heat water.

  • A new type of boiling system is used during the brewing process, which helps to save electricity and water.

  • A solar plant of 1500m² helps to generate environmentally-friendly energy.

  • Thanks to the beer grain fermentation plant, no more fossil gas will be needed in the future.

  • Energy generated from brewery residues will be used to generate steam and any excess volumes will be converted into electric current.

  • Residues from fermentation, a by-product of the new fermentation plant, will be used as a high-quality fertiliser.

  • 100% of raw materials used at the Göss Brewery comes from Austria.


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Start date
January 2003

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Josephine Bertrams
Corporate & Sustainability Comm. Manager, Global Communications