Carbon Neutral Status
From the start, it was our intention to become Africa’s first carbon-neutral brewery. We set about managing our footprint in every facet of production. Rainwater is harvested, and potable water left from some processes is used in washing floors or flushing toilets.
The brewing and fermentation space is naturally lit wherever possible. We heat water with solar power. For the Tasteroom at the Darling site, the crates our machinery arrived in were turned into furniture and used to build the bar. The mantra of ‘reuse, repurpose, recycle’ is the deafening drumbeat of our days.
We achieved carbon-neutral status in 2018, the first in Africa and one of very few such breweries worldwide. Apart from the pride we felt for Darling Brew living up to our sustainable dreams, our efforts were not going unnoticed.
Four Green Star Recognition
Early in 2019, we were awarded Four Green Stars by the Green Building Council of South Africa. Four out of a possible six stars is not bad for our first audit, and we continue to work to improve our standing.
Every milestone reached is an opportunity to set new goals. We take a moment to look at how we can build on it or improve our performance. Our philosophy of pursuing ethical and imperative environmental and ecological practices runs throughout our business journey.
If we come across a problem with no obvious or immediate solution, we come back to it again and again. We turn it over and over until a fix is found.