Climate change is one of the biggest risks facing the world today. As part of a global company, it’s our responsibility to work towards national and worldwide targets, by lowering greenhouse gas emissions across our entire business.

Our approach

Our greenhouse gas emissions come mainly from natural gas, electricity in our breweries, and fuel used by our fleet. We monitor all these emissions, and have programmes in place to help lower them – like smarter travel, energy efficiency, using renewable energy sources and waste reduction.

Our key targets and performance

HEINEKEN’s global target is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in production by 40%, by 2020. And back in 2016, we beat that target by 6% – four years ahead of schedule. And we haven’t stopped since, managing to reduce our 2017 emissions to 47% below our 2008 baseline.

Since 2015, our total energy use has declined year-on-year, with our electrical energy use getting lower every year. Thermal energy has stayed fairly stable, with our main sources of thermal energy being natural gas at our Waitemata Brewery, and the coal used in the industrial community energy scheme that we participate in at our DB Draught Brewery.

Key measures 2020 target 2017 2016 2015
Carbon emissions in production (kg CO2 eq / hl) 4.5 4.9 5.0 5.3
Carbon emission reduction in production1 (kg CO2 eq / hl) 40% 47% 46% 38%
Energy use (GJ) n/a 70,088 71,164 74,076
Energy intensity (MJ / hl) 84.9 91.7 92.7 97.9
Thermal energy intensity (MJ / hl) 52.2 57.0 56.9 60.6
Electric energy intensity (kWh / hl) 9.1 9.7 9.9 10.4
Waste produced (Tonnes) n/a 15,066 16,166 15,841
Waste diversion rate 98% 97% (2 out of 3 sites) 96% 95%

1 – Percentage reduction versus 2008 baseline

Our energy consumption and waste reporting data includes our three main production sites: Waitemata Brewery, DB Draught Brewery and Redwood Cidery. The reporting scope includes: purchased thermal and electrical energy consumption in production and forklift LPG gas usage.

Looking ahead

We will continute to seek out renewable thermal energy opportunities, to help us reduce our reliance on non-renewable energy, and keep on eliminating waste from all areas of our business.

Learn more

For an in-depth look at our priorities and progress around reducing CO2 emissions, have a read of our 2017 sustainability report

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