Heineken Brews Beer With Solar Energy In Singapore

Wednesday, February 21st, 2018 | 2279 Views

Brewing company Heineken aims to grow its share of renewable thermal energy and electricity in production from the current level of 14 percent to 70 percent by 2030.

The brewer has announced its programme for renewable energy—‘Drop the C’ (‘C’ stands for carbon)—and will set new emission goals for distribution and cooling and for the first time, also for packaging. The brewer commits to set science-based targets for these areas in the next two years.

The company has already made inroads to renewable electricity by using solar and wind energy. In Singapore, the brewer is brewing with solar energy and in the Netherlands the company is using wind energy and solar power. Its brewery in Massafra, Italy is one of the largest solar breweries in the world with a capacity of 3.3 MW, while its Göss brewery in Austria is carbon neutral. Currently, 29 percent of the company’s global electricity usage is renewable.

Since 2008 carbon emissions at its breweries have decreased by 41 percent and in 2017 the company has already reached its 2020 emission targets in production.

Jean-François van Boxmeer, chairman of the executive board, chief executive officer, Heineken, commented: “With all the good progress made in reducing our carbon dioxide emissions, now is the right time to set ourselves new targets. When I visit our breweries I want to see that we are brewing with real green energy and that we are not achieving our reduction targets by buying unbundled certificates.”

The brewer’s energy footprint in production is driven by thermal energy (scope 1 of GHG Protocol), which it uses to heat the boilers needed for brewing and by the electricity needed for the production process (Scope 2 of GHG Protocol). Today the split of this energy mix is 70 percent thermal and 30 percent electricity.

“Beyond production, distribution and cooling, we are also going to take a close look at our packaging, because it represents a significant portion of our carbon footprint. Packaging is an area where reductions will be harder to achieve because we simply cannot do this alone. We invite our business partners and others to work with us to reduce emissions across our business,” urged Mr van Boxmeer.