Fat Tire Amber Ale

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Fat Tire Amber Ale
Carbon Footprint
GHG Emissions Facts
Per 355 mL (12 US fl. oz.) in a bottle
Total:0.53 kg CO₂e
530 gCO₂e
 Materials:0.11 kg CO₂e
110 gCO₂e
 Production:0.03 kg CO₂e
30 gCO₂e
 Packaging:0.14 kg CO₂e
140 gCO₂e
 Distribution:0.20 kg CO₂e
200 gCO₂e
 Usage:0.04 kg CO₂e
40 gCO₂e
 End of Life:0.01 kg CO₂e
10 gCO₂e
Water Use
Per 355 mL (12 US fl. oz.) in a bottle
 • Production:1.38 L
0.364 USgal

Fat Tire Amber Ale, commonly known as Fat Tire, is a beer produced by New Belgium Brewing Company, a craft brewery located in Fort Collins, Colorado. The carbon footprint or life cycle GHG emissions of one 355 mL (12 US fl. oz.) bottle of Fat Tire is 0.53 kg carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e). The statistics in this article apply to one bottle or 355 mL (12 US fl. oz.) of beer purchased at a retailer as part of a six pack, unless otherwise stated.[1]


The product is produced from malt and hops. Production and transportation of the ingredients used to produce the beer are responsible for about 21% of GHG emissions or 0.11 kg CO2e.[1]


The production stage of the product life cycle includes 1.38 liters of water use for each 355 mL bottle of beer. GHG emissions in this stage of the product life cycle are emitted during the manufacturing and marketing of the product. Production emissions are 6% of life cycle emissions or 0.03 kg CO2e for each bottle. The emissions can be attributed to natural gas use, manufacturing waste disposal, and corporate behavior. Electricity used during manufacturing is purchased from a renewable energy program offered by the local utility and energy used at an offsite warehouse is offset using renewable energy credits.[1] In 2015 and 2016 the local utility purchased energy for this program from wind generation in Colorado, Wyoming, and Oklahoma.[2]


Packaging used during the life cycle of a Fat Tire Amber Ale includes glass, paper, cardboard, steel, wood, adhesives, and plastic. A glass bottle of the product at retail includes a paper label attached with adhesive and a steel crown cap. Six-pack carriers are composed of paperboard and packaged in corrugated cardboard boxes that holds four six-packs each. Corrugated cardboard boxes are placed on a wooden pallet once filled. The GHG emissions from packaging, attributed to one bottle, are 0.14 kg CO2e or 26% of the total carbon footprint.[1]


The distribution phase of the product life cycle includes transportation to the retailer and storage at the retailer before the product is sold. The phase is responsible for 0.20 kg CO2e of GHG emissions. Transportation GHG emissions are attributed to transportation fuel, refrigerants, and electricity use from storage during distribution. Emissions at the retailer can be attributed to in-store refrigeration, lighting, and climate control.[1]


The use phase of the product is responsible for 0.04 kg CO2e of GHG emissions. The emissions are from electricity and refrigerants used for the domestic refrigeration of the product prior to consumption.[1]

End of Life

Greenhouse gas emissions at the end of the product’s life are from the recycling and/or landfilling of the product packaging. Each bottle of product has 245 grams of packaging that can be attributed to it. The glass bottle accounts for about 85% of this waste by weight. The GHG emissions for packaging recycling and landfilling are 0.01 kg CO2e.[1]

See also[edit]

  • Beers - comparison of the environmental impacts of beers


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 The Carbon Footprint of Fat Tire Amber Ale. The Climate Conservancy, 2008. Web. 15 Nov. 2016.
  2. Fort Collins Utilities’ Green Energy Program: Product Content Label. City of Fort Collins, Apr. 2016. Web. 15 Nov. 2016.