Heineken has committed to increasing its share of renewable energy in production from the current 14% level to 70% in 2030. The Dutch brewing company also announced that it will set carbon emissions reduction goals for distribution, cooling, and packaging through a new program called Drop the C.
Throughout the past year, Heineken identified projects worldwide that can contribute to reaching the new 2030 renewable energy goal in production. The targets will be externally verified by the Science Based Targets initiative, the company says.
At the moment, 29% of Heineken’s total global electricity usage comes from renewable sources. Heineken’s brewery in Massafra, Italy, has 3.3 MW of solar capacity, the Göss brewery in Austria is carbon neutral, solar energy is being used for brewing in Singapore, and both wind energy and solar power are used in the Netherlands.
Heineken’s Wieckse beer brewery in Den Bosch, the Netherlands, has a rooftop solar system completed in 2013 with an annual capacity of 855,000 kWh. The self-consumption solar system was the first installation of its size in the Netherlands without feed-in tariffs or subsidies, according to a case study from solar company REC, which made the 3,683 solar panels used there. All the electricity produced goes directly into beer production there. (…)
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