Episode 5: Lion's net-zero big pitcher - doing the right thing for the long term, with Justin Merrell
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“It's important to have good governance in your company. It's good to set ambitious targets. It's good to be able to communicate those targets to employees. It's good to engage your value chain, your suppliers, and your customers on the types of opportunities you can collaborate on. And fundamentally, it's about acting, it's about pulling all the levers you have at your disposal, because time has run out. And we must accelerate action and be doing everything that we can”, says Justin Merrell, Group Environment Director at Lion. 

In this episode, we speak with Lion, one of Australia’s largest brewers to hear more about their climate change targets and their journey towards net-zero emissions. We talk about Lion’s carbon footprint in Australia and globally, including their scopes 1, 2 and 3 for their operations and supply chain emissions and what measures they take to reduce emissions. 

We talk about external factors such as sector trends, science-based targets, reporting under the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures, Sustainable Development Goals, and Lion's sustainability metrics for internal reporting. We dive deeper into the top climate risks, such as water security, which is important for Lion’s operations, and even more important upstream for crop growing. We talk about the need for regenerative agriculture and increasing soil carbon. The discussion then moves on to Lion’s carbon-neutral certifications to Climate Active as well as international organisational and product-focused offset programs. 

Justin also talks about how Lion works with their suppliers to reduce carbon emissions and how partnerships will be the next steps in Lion’s sustainability journey.

About Lion

As one of Australia’s largest brewers, Lion employs more than 1,500 people. Lion produces iconic brands such as Tooheys and XXXX, James Squires Zero, Steinlager Zero, as well as craft beers such as Furphy and Little Creatures, cider, alcoholic seltzer, coffee and kombucha.

Lion’s environmental approach is governed by the simple mantra of ‘reduce, reuse and recycle’. As a large manufacturer and purchaser of agricultural goods, Lion’s priorities are focused on reducing their water and energy usage and waste. Lion has made great progress in emissions reduction and in 2020, became the country’s first certified large-scale carbon neutral brewer. As part of Lion’s Energy Optimisation Program, they aim to brew all their beers using 100% renewable electricity by 2025. In New Zealand, Lion has achieved “carbonzero” certification with Toitu. And in the US, New Belgium has committed to eliminating carbon emissions by 2030.

About Justin Merrell

Justin is the Group Environment Director at Lion. He is responsible for setting Lion’s environment strategy that focuses on carbon, sustainable packaging, and water stewardship. 

Prior to Lion, Justin held various roles in Qantas, but joined Qantas in 2012 as Group Environment Manager just in time to catch Australia’s first biofuel flight.

If you want to get in touch with Justin, you can connect with him on LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/in/justin-merrell-4a799334/

About 100% Renewables:

100% Renewables is a consultancy founded in 2015. We believe that achieving net-zero emissions can be cost-effective, when done right. We help large energy-using businesses, and government organisations make a meaningful difference by responding to climate change while driving financial performance. We are known for developing net-zero strategies that are pragmatic, based on sound business cases, and have organisational buy-in.


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