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Solar panels on the roof of Bacardi headquarters on Pitts Bay Road, Pembroke (Photograph supplied)

Drinks giant Bacardi is unveiling a “greener makeover” at its global headquarters in Bermuda in time for Saturday’s Earth Day to further cut its carbon footprint and to create a working environment that promotes greater wellbeing for its employees.

The world’s largest privately held international spirits company recently installed solar panelling on the office roof, which it said will generate more than one third of the site’s energy requirements.

Meanwhile, a new state-of-the-art chiller system will cut the building’s total energy usage by more than 40 per cent annually.

Together, these improvements will cut the building’s CO2 emissions by more than 70 per cent every year, Bacardi said.

Four large tanks on the roof capture rainwater used for the lawn and fire sprinklers, the fountains at the front of the building and, after careful filtration to clean the water, for the office bathrooms and kitchens.

Bacardi said investing in these environmental upgrades will create spaces that promote greater wellbeing at work, too.

The new chiller system improves indoor air quality, while newly installed LED lighting improves the quality of light, at the same time creating further reductions in energy use.

To encourage more outdoor time, additional seating and community spaces for hosting events and activities will be added outside.

“Doing the right thing by both people and planet is a top priority for us,” said Douglas Mello, managing director of Bacardi in Bermuda.

“From planting trees to helping reduce plastic pollution to launching our Shake Your Future bartender training programme — we take every opportunity to make a positive difference to the environment and communities in our home of Bermuda.”

Rodolfo Nervi, VP, global safety, quality and sustainability for Bacardi, added: “With our goal to be the most responsible global spirits company, we are constantly exploring opportunities to have a positive impact across our offices and production sites.

“Taking these steps to invest in our planet, and to be more environmentally friendly at our global headquarters in Bermuda in celebration of Earth Day, is another fantastic example of that commitment in action as we continue this important journey.”

Douglas Mello, managing director of Bacardi’s Bermuda office (File photograph)
Rodolfo Nervi, VP, global safety, quality and sustainability for Bacardi

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Published April 20, 2023 at 7:49 am (Updated April 20, 2023 at 7:49 am)

Bacardi cuts CO2 emissions by more than 70%

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