Reducing our Carbon Emmisions
We've already made progress, achieving a 20% reduction in emissions from our production sites by the end of 2022, compared to our 2018 baseline. But we know there's more work to be done. We’re reliant on our suppliers and business partners to support our ambition and to set out on their own net zero journeys. Together we’ll work towards a more sustainable future.
Our Investment into Manchester Brewery
We already buy electricity from renewable sources and now we’re aiming to reduce our reliance on fossil fuels like gas. To do this we’ve invested in new heat pump technology which will take excess heat that was once wasted and turn it into new power which we’ll reuse to brew and pack our beers like Heineken, Birra Moretti and Foster’s.
By creating this circular process to reuse heat, we reduce our carbon footprint and Brew a Better World.
Reducing Emissions Beyond Production
To reduce our carbon footprint, we know we need to focus on the value chain beyond our production activities.
Agriculture is the biggest contributor to our total carbon footprint. That's why we're working with farmers to reduce carbon emissions from barley farming. Already, 100% of our barley is UK grown and sustainably sourced, with Red Tractor accreditation.
100% of the apples we press at our Ledbury cider mill are from the UK. The apple waste generated in making our Inch’s Cider is reused to generate green energy.
Improving Use and Increasing Reuse
In 2021, we piloted producing lower-carbon glass Heineken bottles using biofuels and increased recycled content, reducing emissions by up to 90% per bottle.
Our SmartDispense technology is already helping our customers serve quality drinks whilst reducing water use in their pubs, bars and restaurants. Since 2012, it’s helped to save more than 134 million pints of water.
We're committed to improving our water efficiency, so we can continue to make great drinks with as little impact on the environment as possible. Our 2025 ambition is to reach a water efficiency of 2.71hl for every hectolitre of beer and cider produced.