„Brewing a better world“
OUR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT STRATEGY
We’re putting that goal in to practice, according to HEINEKEN’s strategy „Brewing a better world“. This strategy incorporates all of our business units, beginning from the natural resources on the fields, to our production locations all the way to our clients and consumers. Our sustainable development strategy is based on six focal points with their respective ambitious goals:
1. Energy and reduction of CO2
2. Protection of our natural water resources
3. Sustainable procurement
4. Responsible consumption
5. Partnerships for the future
6. Health & safety at work
GREEN BREWERY GÖSS
Creating the best beer culture for the future for the sake of nature and coming generations. This is the one shared vision that the Gösser brewery is working towards. Through countless initiatives, the brewery is pushing the use of renewables while simultaniously cutting its consumption of thermal energy, electricity and fuels:
- Approximately 40% of the required thermal energy is covered by the waste heat from a nearby wood processing operationt
- Another 50% of the thermal energy demand comes from biogas generated from their new spent grain fermentation facility
- An additional 5-10% comes from the wasteewater treating plant
- The brewery also uses environmentally friendly solar energy generated from a solar thermal system spreading on 1.500 m²
The total of 100% of the energy demand is covered by renewable sources, while at the same time 90% of the produced waste heat is used again. Since 2016, the brewery in Göss is officially producing 100% sustainably. To reward this commitment to sustainability, the brewery was certified and awarded multiple times before, with for example: The „Energy Globe Austria“, the EU Sustainable Energy Award and EU Public Citizens Choice Award, and the edie Sustainability Leaders Award last year.
2. GREEN Brewery of austria
Brau Union Österreich was making further investments into sustainable production in 2019. Besides the brewery in Göss, another Styrian brewery produce sustainably: The Schladminger brewery, renowned for its „bio-beers“, switched to a new energy concept. Back in December 2018, the brewery got connected to their local district heat network which delivers one fifth of the energy needed for production. In order to be able to support particularly energy consuming steps of the brewing process such as cooking the brewer’s wort from renewables, a pellet-based heating system was installed . Since mid-2019 the Schladminger beer is brewed entirely with green energy.
FOR 2.000 PEOPLE
In a unique cooperation, the Puntigam brewery and energy supplier KELAG joined forces to work out a sustainable energy concept for this new district oft own: The waste heat deriving from the brewing process is used to the benefit of the 800 flats, office spaces or commercial spaces of Brauquartier, which was developped by the Austrian real estate giants C&P. A large number of residents and shop owners are already supplied with brewing heat, leading to an estimated final stage energy output of 3,8 million kilowatt hours delivered to all Brauquartier residents.
INNOVATIVE WASTE HEAT PROJECT FOR 900 NEWLY BUILT HOMES
Solar energy for the brewery Villach
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