The Heineken brewing group is advancing its sustainability plans after investing nearly 30 million euros in 2022 and 2023 to transform its production chain towards a ‘green’ model. With just over a year left to meet the objectives set for 2025, today it presented its progress in ‘green’ matters, highlighting the 24% reduction in CO2 emitted in its work chain, some 130,000 tons less. It will also achieve 50% of its production with renewable energy by the end of this year.
The president of the brewery, Etienne Strijp, attended the presentation of the goals already achieved by the firm, among which he highlighted the substantial reduction of its water footprint by almost half, to 2.6 liters of water per liter. of beer produced in the case of the Seville factory, and below 3 liters in the rest, compared to the almost 5 liters they used a few years ago.
In fact, the firm claims that since 2008 it has reduced its water consumption in factories by 90 million liters, the equivalent of the daily consumption of a city like Seville. Added to this are other merits such as achieving ‘zero waste’ certification in three of its four factories (Seville, Madrid and Jaén) and hoping to achieve the same before the end of the year in Valencia, something that affects more than 220,000 tons of waste per year.
Sustainable logistics and commitment to reuse
For the next few years, Heineken Spain has set itself the challenge of ensuring that 90% of sales to hoteliers are in reusable formats and making progress in reducing emissions in the rest of its production chain. To do this, bet on innovative agricultural projects, reduce pollution from agricultural machines or maximize the circularity of water used in factories.
THEIR Ambitions Also Include Being ‘Net Zero’ In Their Direct Production, For Which They Have Two Thermosolar Plants Under Construction In Their Factories In Seville And Valevent, To Which. A Photovoltaic Plant in Huelva, Biogas Production in its Four Factories and a biomass boiler in Jaén are added. These plants, which will come into operation before the end of 2023, will increase the use of renewable energy in their production to 62% of the energy consumed.
Regarding the rest of the value chain, they will aspire to continue reducing emissions throughout their value chain from the current 24% to the fixed 30%. To this end, Heineken has sealed alliances with other companies such as Fertiberia, with whom it has a pilot project underway to produce low-carbon fertilizers.
Also with Iberdrola, through which it offers its hoteliers the possibility of contracting green energy. To this it will add the expansion of its last mile logistics program, already developed in Seville and replicated in Malaga, which will now reach Madrid, Cádiz, Córdoba, Sitges or Bilbao.