3700 Households worth of CO2 emissions saved in 2019!
Since 2010, Heineken has been working on its global and sustainable ambition “Brewing a Better World” by, among other things, reducing the CO2 emissions of its breweries. Heineken’s philosophy is that wind and sun are equally as important as water and yeast when it comes to brewing its beers. To achieve this ambition, Heineken has installed wind turbines and large quantities of solar panels. In addition, the brewer started using biogas in 2018, which is now fully operational. The result? Since July this year, all Heineken beer for Dutch consumers has been brewed completely green. This applies to all product and packaging variants covered by the Heineken brand on the Dutch market, including Heineken 0.0.
Beer made of hops, yeast, water, wind and sun
Both the thermal and electrical energy used in the brewery’s beer production and in the packaging lines for all Heineken beer for Dutch consumers is generated in a sustainable manner. This amounts to approximately three million hectolitres of beer per year. The green energy consists of solar energy, wind energy and biogas from waste purification. The biogas is produced from the wastewater of the breweries in Zoeterwoude and Den Bosch and supplemented with biogas from the waste purification of the Aa Water Authority and Maas.
“We really consider green energy to be an indispensable new ingredient in our Heineken beer. Wind and sun are just as important as hops, water and yeast. The use of sustainable energy literally makes Heineken even greener. But our ambition goes further. The next step is to make our packaging materials more sustainable in the short term and to further close the material cycle in the Netherlands”.
Hans Böhm, managing director Heineken Netherlands.