How we measure our environmental performance

Bacardi measures performance in two ways: absolute totals and efficiency metrics. Absolute measures are straightforward – for example, total quantity of water used. Efficiency metrics normalize these absolute totals against an appropriate business output – for example, water used per unit of product manufactured. Our targets are based on improvements in our performance against our efficiency index from the baseline year (FY15). Calculations are in accordance with protocols established by the World Resources Institute, World Business Council for Sustainable Development, and Beverage Industry Environmental Roundtable (BIER) guidance documents. IIn addition, the emission calculation for fuel and electricity Is calculated, based on the latest emission factors (e.g. International Energy Agency). Data for previous financial years is sometimes updated when corrections are identified. We have made some adjustments due to site acquisitions, divestures, and data correction.

Absolute numbers in water use and GHG emissions increased from FY18. This is due to a few manufacturing sites producing more liquid, which resulted in our facilities operating for longer periods of time and using more water for cooling (though the water was returned to the original source with no impact). While absolute numbers increased, we were able to utilize our assets more efficiently, resulting in the improvement in efficiency indexes. 


Water Use

Our total water used in FY19, measured by the efficiency index, was 2.4% better than FY18. This represents an overall improvement on our water use efficiency index of 9.2% vs. FY15.

Water Discharge

We manage used process water from our facilities in three ways:

1. Direct discharges of treated wastewater to local bodies of water following onsite treatment (72%)

2. Indirect discharges of treated wastewater to municipal treatment facilities (24%)

3. Beneficial land application, including irrigation and fertilizer to improve crop production (in countries where it is permitted) (4%)

Of the total water released by our production facilities, 1,272,221 cubic meters was discharged as wastewater and 82,270 cubic meters was applied to cropland as a fertilizer or for irrigation. The water that is applied to land for beneficial reuse is returned to the crops that provide our raw feedstock to make spirits in countries where regulatory authorities permit.

Changes in the production mix and manufacturing consolidations in FY18 affected water discharge in the same way as water use.


Waste Management

In FY 19:

• Only 0.4% of total waste was sent to landfill (from manufacturing sites)

• 11 manufacturing sites have achieved Zero Waste to Landfill


Wind power includes only that from dedicated contract suppliers. Grid electricity includes all forms of renewable and non-renewable energy on the national grids.

* Data for previous financial years has been adjusted for site acquisitions, divestitures, and data correction.

Renewable energy

In FY19, 44% of electricity was purchased through renewable contracts and 46% of fuel was from renewable sources.


For GHG, a 17% reduction on Absolute Emissions have been achieved vs. FY15.

* Estimated figures. We are in the process of defining a more accurate way to track these emissions

** Intensity index doesn’t include estimations for production emissions and offices

*** Scope 2 emissions are calculated using market-based emission factors. Our FY18 total indirect location-based emissions were 26,872 tonnes.

* Data for previous financial years has been adjusted for site acquisitions, divestitures, and data correction.