On the path to net zero impact

Our first Brew a Better World commitment is to ensure zero impact on the earth. We do this through a three-pronged approach to environmental sustainability. 

  1. Carbon neutrality
  2. Zero waste
  3. And lastly, positive water impact

a. Carbon neutrality

HEINEKEN recently announced a stepped-up ambition to decarbonise its production by 2030 and its full value chain by 2040. The company aims for all of its production sites to become carbon neutral, maximising renewable energy and energy efficiency. As part of this effort, the company aims to cut its overall emissions by 30% by 2030. To mark its commitments, HEINEKEN is joining alliances to drive collective forward momentum.

From barley to bar and taking a science-based approach, HEINEKEN will focus on concrete actions to reduce its carbon footprint working closely with customers, consumers and suppliers. In South Africa, with our multiple energy supply challenges, we look to the power of the sun and solar projects to ensure we are doing our part in alleviating our national electricity challenges. 

b. Zero waste

Regarding circularity, HEINEKEN pledges to eliminate sending waste to landfills from its 166 production sites by 2025. It will accelerate returnable packaging and will continue to develop innovative packaging such as its latest recyclable Green Grip packaging in the UK, which replaces single-use plastic rings in multipack cans, saving 500 tonnes of plastic every year.

c. Positive water impact

Water is essential to life, and of course, critical to the beer brewing process. Therefore, water has always been central to HEINEKEN’s environmental commitments. As part of the 2030 targets, HEINEKEN will further reduce its average water usage to 2.6 hectoliters per hectoliter (hl/hl) in water-stressed areas and 2.9 hl/hl worldwide. This includes commitments in South Africa. It will also maximise reuse and recycling of its water and continue to collaborate with other stakeholders to support the health of watersheds.

Globally, HEINEKEN has already replenished six billion litres of water through various projects and has a dozen sites in water-stressed areas that are fully water-balanced. It also recently joined the launch of the UN Global Compact’s Water Resilience Coalition, an industry-driven initiative to reduce water stress by 2050. In South Africa we partner with stakeholders to address our local water challenges for our communities.