It’s an issue that is highlighted within our company as an obligation to our environment – an obligation to be mindful of available energy stores and our limited resources. We hold ourselves to this obligation resolutely, in particular through the consistent use of stainless steel for our kegs.
Our stainless steel kegs have a lifetime of >30 years and can be reused about 120 times during this time span. Reusable containers are our way of minimizing the need for new containers and thus reducing energy and resource consumption.
100% circular: Manufacturing our beer kegs out of stainless steel is also a positive in terms of recycling. Stainless steel kegs become 100% scrap in melting furnaces in the steel industry and serve as fully recycled raw material in the production of new stainless steel. This process reduces the primary demand for energy and resources in stainless steel production.
Our keg services support you in the continuous use of your stainless steel kegs as well as in achieving and extending the expected lifetime. Plus, our keg management solutions give you a complete overview of your keg fleet at all times and help you accurately estimate your needs for new stainless steel beer, wine, or soft drink kegs.
In 2013, BLEFA GmbH commissioned a study to compare the environmental impact of stainless steel kegs with that of disposable PET containers. This study covered the complete life cycle of the keg, including considerations such as raw materials, production, shipping to the brewery and restaurants, and waste management.
The study demonstrated that the more times a stainless steel keg is used, the smaller its impact on the environment. The critical parameter here is the number of times it is used (turns). At a turn rate greater than or equal to 20, the stainless steel keg produces less carbon emissions and consumes less energy and water when compared with PET containers.