Biogas Americas Live Kicks Off with Keynote from Anheuser-Busch and Andretti Harding Steinbrenner Racing
Thursday, September 10, BIOGAS AMERICAS LIVE will kick off with a keynote session titled “Shift to Green with Biogas” featuring prominent speakers from two global brands: Anheuser-Busch and Andretti Harding Steinbrenner Racing. The keynote features Mark Young at Anheuser-Busch InBev and George Steinbrenner IV of IndyCar’s Andretti Harding Steinbrenner Racing and Steinbrenner Racing with introductions from Montrose Environmental Group, U.S. Gain and Capstone Turbine Corporation.
Both Anheuser-Busch and Andretti Harding Steinbrenner Racing plan to use biogas or RNG to reach their corporate carbon reduction goals and aspire to become recognized leaders in sustainable logistics. Biogas-related solutions can meet many corporate sustainability goals including renewable electricity, renewable heat, recycling organic material and transportation fuel. Nearly all of these can benefit the operations of the internationally recognized beer brewer and racing team. Plus, like many other corporations, they know that sustainability sells. When customers know that the product they’re buying is made sustainably and when fans know the sport they’re supporting is being responsible to our environment, most will pay more and be more loyal to that brand.
Not only do our speakers have compelling stories to share about how their organization decided to consider biogas and RNG in their corporate strategy for sustainability, we think their journey will also be valuable to heads of sustainability for any company with significant stationary or transportation energy needs.
For more than 165 years, Anheuser-Busch has carried on a legacy of brewing great-tasting, high-quality beers. Today, they own and operate more than 100 facilities, including breweries, wholesaler distribution centers, agricultural facilities and packaging plants. In this context, it’s especially impressive that Anheuser-Busch InBev is transitioning to become a global leader in sustainable logistics and just made a major announcement to fuel their fleet with renewable natural gas made from biogas. Anheuser-Busch’s fleet announcement is exciting in its own right, but it’s just the latest decision in their forward-looking corporate strategy to handle waste from their massive brewery in St. Louis, MO and meeting on-site energy needs–especially thermal needs that can’t be met economically with renewable electricity.
Coming into the 2020 season, INDYCAR owner George Steinbrenner IV already had heads turned. Together with driver Colton Herta, who he has fielded for four consecutive seasons, they represent the youngest-ever race and pole winners in INDYCAR Series history as a team owner and driver. With a vision toward team and INDYCAR Series growth, Mr. Steinbrenner also has a strong desire for his team be a leader in sustainability and social inclusion. As a young and winning team, making Steinbrenner Racing a sustainability leader in the sport could be the perfect way to attract new fans. But there’s a lot of work to be done. Traveling INDYCAR teams have significant energy needs—most notably fuel and on-site electricity for hospitality and garages. In addition, most race venues host enormous numbers of fans in the stands and campgrounds with waste management and additional energy needs. The Indianapolis 500 is the largest sporting event in the world.
This keynote session is the first of 13 virtual conference sessions at BIOGAS AMERICAS LIVE which feature nearly 70 speakers and video and text networking. The conference will be held every Tuesday and Thursday from September 10 until October 1. BIOGAS AMERICAS LIVE is the largest virtual conference for the US biogas industry. In 2020, it’s 100 percent virtual with 13 2-hour sessions and nearly 70 speakers and video and text networking. The conference is held every Tuesday and Thursday from September 10 until October 1. No ties required! Learn more online at https://BiogasAmericas.com, on Twitter, and LinkedIn.