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Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham, has today (25 January 2024) visited HEINEKEN UK’s largest brewery, to see firsthand how brands like Heineken, Foster’s and Cruzcampo are produced, meet with HEINEKEN Manchester colleagues, and see the results of the company’s recent £25m investment to reduce carbon emissions.

Mayor Burnham was shown the installation of heat pumps which will significantly reduce the Manchester brewery’s reliance on gas, supporting the city-region’s net zero ambitions. Greater Manchester has set a science-based target of being a carbon neutral city-region by 2038.

The technology being installed at the brewery will be powered by renewably sourced electricity and will contribute to HEINEKEN’s global ambition to reach net zero across all production sites by 2030.

A number of apprentices also spoke with Mr Burnham about their experience with the company and the training they’re receiving in areas including engineering and brewing.

Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham, said: “Greater Manchester has set an ambitious target to be carbon neutral by 2038, and to get there we need businesses to play their part. HEINEKEN’s Manchester site is something of a local landmark and one of the UK’s largest breweries, so its investment in reducing carbon emissions is a welcome step forward. Today’s visit was also a great opportunity to hear how one of our major employers is investing in its people through apprenticeships and training.”

Simon Wright, Brewery Director at HEINEKEN Manchester, who accompanied the Mayor on the visit said: “There’s been a brewery at this site for well over 100 years, and we’ve been proudly brewing in Manchester for sixteen years. With Greater Manchester’s ambition to be carbon neutral by 2038, we want to play our part in this journey for the city-region and its people, and to share the learnings we gather along the way.”

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