Pollution Prevention - P2 Assistance for Craft Beverage Manufacturers
P2 Assistance for Craft Beverage Manufacturers
Breweries, wineries, and distilleries are growing sectors in the northeast. There are many opportunities to implement P2 and sustainability practices at these facilities and significantly reduce energy consumption, waste water discharges, water use, and waste.
Starting in 2021, the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (RIDEM), in collaboration with NEWMOA and support from with Weston and Sampson Engineering Inc., has been providing direct technical assistance to craft beverage manufacturers. This technical assistance has involved facility level assessments, wastewater sampling, identification of best management practices (BMPs), and development of case studies. From this assistance, DEM has gathered information on P2 practices for brewing and distilling operations.
NEWMOA is assisting DEM with developing self-certification checklists to be used by breweries, wineries, and distilleries. The checklists will include BMPs and P2 practices. NEWMOA is exploring with other northeast states the possibility of using the checklists as regional models. NEWMOA will organize and support a multi-state workgroup to discuss ongoing outreach and assistance and facilitate problem solving to address barriers.
NEWMOA will develop training materials and organize in-person trainings that include presentations on BMPs for brewing and wine making. The trainings will have a regional reach so that P2 outcomes can be replicated and amplified throughout the northeast.
NEWMOA will also work with RIDEM on marketing strategies to promote certified breweries, distilleries, and wineries through various tourism and hospitality and event planning groups. This marketing will tie into DEM’s existing “Green Hospitality” program. NEWMOA will assist in developing marketing materials that RIDEM can use on its “Green Certification Program” website. As part of this effort, NEWMOA will assist DEM in creating as “Green Brewery Roadmap” to highlight sustainable brewers.