New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services Receives Grant to Assist Craft Beverage Producers
Concord, NH - The New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services’ Pollution Prevention Program (NHPPP) has been awarded a two-year grant from the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to provide pollution prevention technical assistance to the New Hampshire craft beverage industry including beer, wine, mead, cider and hard seltzer producers and distilleries. The Sustainable Craft Beverage grant project will focus on improving the quality and volume of wastewater, implementing energy efficiency, conserving water, reducing waste and sharing best management practices. NHPPP will partner with New Hampshire electric and gas utilities to provide on-site technical assistance to businesses and partner with the New Hampshire Brewers Association, University of New Hampshire Brewing Program and the New Hampshire Craft Spirits Association to offer training and educational materials.
The craft beverage industry in New Hampshire continues to grow at rapid pace and plays an important role in New Hampshire’s economy, attracting both in-state and out-of-state visitors for tours, tastings, and special events. Craft beverage producers have had a positive and growing impact on New Hampshire’s economy, however, along with this industry’s growth is the potential for increased environmental impacts such as issues relating to the discharge of wastewater, increased energy use and water consumption.
NHPPP will utilize grant funding from EPA to promote sustainable manufacturing practices to this growing sector and in so doing, to support EPA’s strategic goal to provide clean and safe water by preventing or reducing the discharge of pollutants, as well as the NHPPP’s mission to reduce or minimize waste at the source.