Anheuser-Busch has been adding Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) trucks to its national fleet across the United States since 2014. As of 2016, three out of ten Anheuser-Busch Fleet trucks on the road run on CNG fuel. In fact, Anheuser-Busch’s Houston brewery has converted their entire diesel fleet to cleaner burning compressed natural gas vehicles. This is the first time the company has converted an entire brewery’s fleet. These efforts are largely due to Anheuser-Busch’s “Seed to Sip” global campaign, which is committed to reducing energy and emissions in both the brewing and transportation of their products.
Anheuser-Busch’s CNG fleet will ship 17 million cases of Beer in the third quarter of this year, throughout all the Midwest. These cases will be transported in near-zero-emission Freightliner® natural-gas-powered trucks throughout all the Midwest. The recent addition of these CNG Trucks helps push one of Anheuser-Busch five point environmental goals, to reduce carbon emissions in its logistics operations from network planning, transportation, and warehousing by 15% by the end of 2017.
Anheuser-Busch’s CNG truck fleet is expected to emit 23% fewer greenhouse gasses (compared to diesel). Mayor of Texas Annise Parker, commented, “”The city of Houston was an early leader in the pursuit of cleaner, greener energy options. It is encouraging to see one of our major companies taking a major step forward in this area. Cleaner technologies benefit all Houstonians because they help improve the air we breathe.”
The Houston Anheuser-Busch facility’s new CNG truck fleet will replace the older higher polluting diesel vehicles. This new lineup will be running nonstop year-round putting up to 140,000 miles per vehicle. Anheuser-Busch is expected to save 200 million dollars by the end of 2017 by combining fuel savings, minimizing empty trailer space and reduced maintenance costs with new logistic planning systems. Not only is Anheuser-Busch’s saving hundreds of millions by taking the greener approach, it is reducing their carbon emissions simultaneously.