Much has been said about the 2030 Agenda and the commitments that companies make to contribute to achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). A medium and long-term path in which Heineken Spain has come a long way while accelerating its sustainability agenda with some ambitious challenges it aspires to achieve in 2025, five years ahead of its worldwide conglomerate.
Cooperation and alliances are essential in the roadmap they baptized definitely green For the company, sustainability is not just a color or a fashion, but a way to achieve zero carbon impact reflected in its value chain from farm to consumer (production, distribution and end customer). Footprint, water and waste. And by the way, create a positive impact in the community.
net zero emissions in production
Since 2018, Heineken Spain has reduced its carbon dioxide (CO₂) emissions by 19% in a clear commitment to renewable energy. More than 45% of the energy used in factories is already of this type, and it is in the works to reach 100% before 2025. In fact, since 2020 all the electricity with which it produces its beer is renewable thanks to an alliance with Iberdrola, and its Jain plant will become the first zero-emissions brewery in Spain in 2021 and the largest in Europe Thank you for using Biomass. Two fine examples of their work in this area, currently focused on two other solar thermal projects developed in collaboration with Engie Spain and CSIN. Both will go into operation in the summer of 2023 at the factories in Seville and Valencia.
30% lower emissions across its value chain
The activity of the brewery produces barely 9% of CO₂ emissions. To be carbon neutral throughout its value chain by 2040, it is focusing its efforts on the areas that represent the most impact, packaging And agriculture, in addition to logistics. With an intermediate target that aspires to reduce these emissions by 30% in 2025.
Thus, in addition to promoting the use of green and precise fertilizers, Heineken Spain already brews its beer with 78% content from certified sustainable crops, and has ambitions to reach 100% by 2025, which once again is taking a decisive shape from the year. It is also a leading company in sustainable logistics projects last met Thanks to the use of specially made electric vehicles for the delivery of beer. The project makes Seville the first historical center in Europe with net zero emissions logistics, and it is already being tested in other cities in Spain. In addition, 238,000 eco-efficient refrigeration systems have been installed in bars across the country.
Reduce water consumption and return it to source basins
Heineken Spain has already managed to reduce water consumption by 33% compared to 2008. And there’s a determined ambition to use less and be more efficient. Looking ahead to 2025, the company aspires to use only 2.6 liters of water per liter of beer, which is less than half (-51%) of what it used. Thanks to water treatment and regeneration and water balancing programs, it already treats 100% of its wastewater and returns to the environment 1,900 million liters of water per year, which is contained in its beer, through projects developed in Doñana. Along (Andalusia), Albufeira (Valencia) or along the banks of the Jarama River (Madrid).
Zero waste in factories and circularity of packaging
The company’s biggest challenge is to achieve maximum recycling across its entire chain. In the production sector, the brewery will soon certify its factories in Madrid and Valencia 0 waste to landfill, Something is already happening in Jaén and Seville. Furthermore, in 2021, 95% of its waste becomes a resource, and 100% of the by-products from brewing are re-introduced to other industries: 200,000 tonnes of yeast, bagasse and hydroalcoholic blends turned into fertilizer for farm, feed Goes for cattle and beer vinegar.
In terms of packaging, Heineken Spain works to eliminate 1,600 tons of plastic and use packaging made from 100% recycled materials. This ensures the best solution to reduce emissions and waste, giving them longer life. the goal is that all your elements packaging They are made from 100% recycled materials and come from sustainable sources (this is the case with the cardboard they use comes from responsibly managed forests to avoid deforestation). Similarly, 1,300 tonnes of single-use plastic per year will be removed and 300 tonnes of plastic rings will be replaced with ones made from recycled cardboard. Furthermore, the use of returnable formats in the hospitality industry will be maximized (with ambitions to go from the current 74% to 81% in 2025) and the brewery will continue to bet on the recycling of bottles and cans as a partner. Of Ecovidrio and Ecoembes. The first products with the seal can already be seen on the shelves commitment beer without footprint, It shows your progress and ambitions.
Support for youth employment and the hospitality industry
The Cruzcampo Foundation, the longest running beer foundation in Spain, has been a big part of Heineken Spain’s social commitment for more than 25 years. Contributions of more than 38 million euros have been made during that time, 16,000 people have been trained in hospitality and 95% of the youth participating in its scholarship program are employed Pratibha Cruzcampo This is the best evidence.
Without forgetting the value chain, in which the company can have a greater positive impact: on its farmers and suppliers, since 92% of its purchases are local; in the approximately 1,400 people who raise their families in Spain and the approximately 110,000 indirect jobs they help to create; in its consumers, with whom it promotes moderate and responsible consumption, with ambassadors such as tennis player Rafael Nadal and other initiatives and collaborations, and in its hotelier clients, to whom it has allocated 340 million euros over the past two years to To enhance their competitiveness. ,