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The Brewers of Europe aim to have a positive impact on society, people and the planet. Find out about how we have been taking huge steps towards sustainability and what plans we have for the future

The Brewers of Europe Virtual Sustainability Forum 20-21 October 2020

Register your interest now! – Six sessions over two days, learn how brewing can help biodiversity and the environment. From unpicking relevant policy to the latest technical solutions, if you care about brewing green you don’t want to miss this event.

WHAT WE BELIEVE

The Brewers of Europe aim to have a positive impact on society, people and the planet.

For many years we have encouraged sustainable practices in our brewing processes, in our supply chains, and in how beer is consumed and enjoyed.

We are central to a circular European economy and our progress goes hand-in-hand with the aims of the new European Green Deal.

The beer sector today innovates, leads by example and brings people together for sustainability.

 

WHAT WE DO

From micro to macro, the diverse number and type of breweries have made direct improvements on the use of water, energy, transport and packaging.

We’re committed to reducing CO2 emissions, waste and providing the reuse of secondary products through innovative processes and solutions in partnership with others.

There’s more to be done and we’re working with our suppliers, distributors and retailers to follow the same philosophy.

WHY NOW

This is the launch of our platform on sustainability in the beer sector, but brewers have long encouraged sustainable practices in our brewing processes, in our supply chains, and in how beer is consumed and enjoyed.

Now there is an opportunity to combine our expertise and leadership as members of The Brewers of Europe to show collectively how we can contribute to the overarching European and global commitments and ambitions.

The EU Green Deal remains one of the six cross-sectoral priorities for the European Commission, relating to the UN Sustainable Development Goals that are important strategic ambitions across the world.

The Brewers of Europe is a vital competent of this strategy.

It is part of the ‘grain to glass’ strategy for our industry – beer is central to a circular economy and an interconnected part of many sectors. We want to make sure that sustainability is implemented throughout our organisations for the good of the planet.

The COVID19 crisis has been hugely disruptive and damaging to our sector in Europe. However, our commitment to sustainability remains at the heart of our priorities and will continue to be central to any ‘green recovery’ as the brewing sector rises from the current crisis.

Latest initiatives

Climate neutral brewery in Austria

01/12/2018

Energy - Regional - Austria

Brau Union’s second climate-neutral Schladming brewery in Austria, part of the Heineken group. The brewery is now entirely powered by renewable energy thanks to the installation of a new biomass boiler in June 2019. #BrewingABetterWorld

Removing plastic from Heineken UK multi-pack cans

01/10/2019

Packaging - National - United Kingdom

In the UK, Heineken is eliminating plastic from millions of cans as it rolls out innovative sustainable packaging across thousands of UK stores. Green Grip, the new 100% plastic-free cardboard topper for multi-pack cans is sustainably sourced, recyclable and compostable.

Our contribution

INNOVATION

6,000 years in the making: innovating for sustainability at every step in the process and every link in the supply chain.

LEADING BY EXAMPLE

We promote, demonstrate and act on sustainability so that others can follow our lead.

BRINGING PEOPLE TOGETHER

Locally rooted, globally relevant: working together for a sustainable future.

OUR DIVERSITY

From micro to macro, brewers can make direct improvements because our diversity is our strength.

OUR AREAS OF FOCUS

ENERGY

Sustainable energy

Building more energy efficient breweries leading to lower greenhouse gas emissions.

PACKAGING

Sustainable packaging

Innovative packaging solutions, recyclable containers and schemes.

WATER EFFICIENCY

Water efficiency

Ensuring our number one ingredient is protected and nature is supported by our operations.

 

SECONDARY PRODUCTS

Sustainability biodiversity and secondary products

Using brewers’ grain, yeast and other by-products to cut waste and enhance biodiversity, returning nutrients to nature.

CIRCULARITY

Circularity and waste recycling

Aiming to eliminate waste and create a truly circular economy.

TRANSPORT

Sustainable energy

Moving beer in the best way possible. Working with our supply chain on solutions such as emissions-free trucks and even canal boats.