Hamburg’s beverage veteran Claus Ebeloe, trained brewer put the idea of an emission-free brewed beer. The Solarbräu,is made from regional raw materials, and… without using fossil fuels.
The self-proclaimed environmental brewery Felsenbräu, located in the district of Weißenburg-Gunzenhausen in Central Franconia, was awarded the certificate “Germany’s first solar beer brewery” in 2007 by the Munich-Weihenstephan University of Technology. The main criterion was the use of renewable energy sources in production, as in this case wood chips, solar energy and green electricity from wind and water power. The term solar beer is not only the product name, but also a predicate, which is supposed to certify the sustainable production with its own, protected sun logo.
Climate-neutral beer: The solar label in detail
The brand label with the solar beer lettering is protected across the EU and is intended to confirm that the beers identified with it were produced in a climate-neutral, resource-saving manner and exclusively through the use of renewable energies. With the Felsenbräu brewery as a pioneer, the label is however available to all production companies in the food and beverage industry that comply with these criteria. Around 25 smaller breweries in Germany produce their products under this certification.
The certification, which is supported by the Bavarian State Ministry for the Environment and Health, consists of several individual approvals, each of which is carried out by the TU Munich every two years. The energy efficiency in the entire manufacturing process is measured, which must be above the average of comparable companies. In addition, a share of over 25% of regenerative sources is necessary for successful certification whereby only the amount of solar beer that corresponds to the share of regenerative energy use may be produced. This should result in production being largely CO2-neutral and based on the findings of market surveys. Consumption should be directed towards environmentally friendly brewed beer.