HEINEKEN wants supply chain to be carbon neutral by 2040

HEINEKEN aims to decarbonize its own production sites by 2030 by maximizing energy efficiency and renewable energy use, and its full value chain by 2040.  In close partnership with suppliers, also by 2030, HEINEKEN aims to cut emissions by 30% across its entire value chain from a 2018 baseline.

Looking ahead to 2040, the company will be the first global brewer to aim for carbon neutrality in its full value chain. The company is taking a science-based approach by working closely with the Science Based Targets Initiative to validate its new commitment.

Building on momentum from the last decade of Brew a Better World efforts, since 2008, HEINEKEN has reduced carbon emissions per hectoliter in its breweries by 51%. 

Since committing to the transition to renewable energy in 2018, the company has implemented over 130 renewable energy projects, including 5 of the world’s 10 largest on-site solar-powered breweries.

HEINEKEN has partnered to build a wind farm in Finland that will inject renewable electricity in the European grid supplying 13 of its operating companies. In Indonesia, the company utilizes sustainable biomass made out of agricultural waste to heat its two breweries. 

In Nigeria, HEINEKEN has recently inaugurated solar panels in its Ibadan brewery, and in Vietnam, the company sources rice husks from local farmers to heat its brewing boilers.

In addition, HEINEKEN is supporting a pilot of 500 low-carbon farming projects in eight countries, as well as shifting to zero-emission breweries in Spain and Austria. In Mexico, the company is using smart fridges that leverage software to automatically adjust cooling settings to minimize energy use. 

HEINEKEN Netherlands is pioneering cleaner inland shipping methods for its beer and cider. In the UK, HEINEKEN has launched an innovative cardboard multi-pack called Green Grip, reducing carbon and saving 500 tons of plastic every year.

To mark its commitments, HEINEKEN is joining alliances to drive collective forward momentum, e.g., the Business Ambition for 1.5C, the Race to Zero as well as RE100.

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