AbstractsBiology & Animal Science

Craft Breweries and Sustainability: Challenges, Solutions, and Positive Impacts

by John; Li Grunde

Institution: Blekinge Institute of Technology
Year: 2014
Keywords: hållbar utveckling; sustainability - general; sustainability - strategic planning; sustainability - business; craft brewery; positive impacts; solutions; strategic sustainable development; sustainability; sustainability challenges
Record ID: 1363688
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Currently our society is heading towards the walls of the funnel; the funnel being a metaphor that describes the growing pressures that is acting on society. In order to move society towards sustainability and away from the walls of the funnel, all areas of our society need to move in that direction. Craft breweries being a part of this society need to move, as well. This research uses the Framework for Strategic Sustainable Development (FSSD) to assess the sustainability challenges and the positive impacts of a craft brewery, as well as viable solutions to overcome the challenges these breweries face. The data was collected through literature, sustainability reports and a survey. Our research revealed five main challenges and four main positive impacts of a craft brewery; these challenges are energy, water, agriculture, packaging and distribution, and alcohol consumption, while the positive impacts are local connection, local economy, social interaction, and cultural identity. Furthermore, a prototype of a tool was developed to help craft breweries to become more sustainable and could help to move society, as a whole, towards sustainability.