Helios in Yeerongpilly is the top of the hops after winning the Urban Utilities Award for Environmental Sustainability at the 2021 LM’s Business Awards!
Scott Shomer, the co-founder of Helios Brewing Company, was at the gala event held at City Hall on 22 Oct 2021 to receive recognition from LM Adrian Schrinner, who praised the finalists and winners who have been making their mark as the global leaders in their field.
As the top business for Environmental Sustainability, Helios has demonstrated its excellence in clean business practices and sustainable resource use, including energy, waste, water, and recycling.
Mr Shomer, who was an environmental scientist before shifting his career to brewing craft beer, helped develop a brewing process that harnessed the sun’s power and incorporated innovative engineering techniques that cut water use by one-third and power use by one-tenth.
To date, Helios has reduced CO2 emissions by 98, 807KG, which is the equivalent of planting 1831 trees and has saved 572, 800 litres of water which is equal to 1,347,765 schooners of beer!
“Responding to climate change is one of my core values. In 2007, I was trained by Al Gore to give climate change talks to businesses on the importance of being more sustainable on behalf of the Australian Conservation Foundation and so I wanted to put my expertise into practice when establishing Helios,” Mr Scott said.
“Building a sustainable brewery was a dream project for me that is paying off commercially as we use very little gas and electricity compared to similar-sized operations. That means we have been able to grow through COVID and enhanced our ability to be resilient during the lockdowns because we are green.”
Helios’ win comes as the United Nations Climate Change Committee conducts the COP26 conference among world leaders in Glasgow from 31 Oct to 12 Nov 2021. Mr Scott believes that businesses, community groups, and local governments are going to lead in creating a sustainable future, ahead of big governments, but adapting green practices should not come at an expensive cost.
“Operating a business through the lens of sustainability can have some serious competitive advantages and cost-savings.”
“Harnessing the power of the Aussie sun to make our craft beer was just the start of our sustainability goals. From minimising waste, reducing our carbon emissions, and investing in eco-friendly initiatives, we are continuously pushing our sustainability ambition; we see it as a journey, not a destination. And we also make great beer,” Mr Scott said.