Drink Beer, Save The Planet

A New Zealand beer company claims it has come up with a novel idea about how to save the planet “from war and pollution” – with a new type of biofuel, dubbed Brewtroleum. It’s made from the brewing process’s production waste.

“Our world is in peril. War and pollution caused by oil and greed has pushed our planet to the brink. But there is hope… Introducing DB Export Brewtroleum! We’ve actually gone and done it. A biofuel made from the leftovers after we finish brewing DB Export,” said DB Breweries in a press release.

The company says it managed to blend about 30,000 litres of ethanol with petrol. The ethanol was extracted from more than 58,000 litres of leftover yeast slurry. About 300,000 litres of Brewtroleum was produced.

“We drank beer and had an idea: Taking the yeast and grain leftover after we finish brewing DB Export, and turning it into a biofuel. We got it done, and now it’s available at the pumps at Gull New Zealand. We call it: DB Export Brewtroleum,” the company added.

According to DB Export spokesman Sean O’Donnell, this ‘beer-bio-fuel’ is the first green fuel made from a beer-related product.

“This is a genuinely exciting opportunity. It’s a world-first, we’re helping Kiwis save the world by doing what they enjoy best – drinking beer. If you were to fuel your car with biofuel over a year it would be over 250 tonnes of carbon emission you would be saving,” O’Donnell told New Zealand’s press.

He added that Brewtroleum “emits 8 per cent less carbon than normal petroleum and delivers the same performance.”

The ‘unique’ beer-fuel was first presented on July 6 at a petrol station in Auckland. Brewtroleum is now sold at 60 Gull petrol stations across New Zealand’s North Island.

Green MP Gareth Hughes who was at the launch, told news that in New Zealand there is a great opportunity to use more biofuel.

It makes you think doesn’t it! If they can do it in New Zealand surely we can do the same here in Cyprus.


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About Salahi Misal 552 Articles
Was born and raised in London and first came to North Cyprus as a child where he lived for two and a half years. The Island left a long lasting impression on him, for after travelling the world and experiencing many different cultures and ways of life, Cyprus was always there. Sal, as his friends call him, has always had a passion for Art & Design and studied the subject for over ten years and resulted in him specializing in the design and production of contemporary furniture. He has worked in this field for twenty years now. After not having visited the Island for fifteen years he followed his heart back to North Cyprus, where he’s lived for the last four years. Now Sal works on a creative basis for NC Magazine.