Heineken Launches Multi-Phase Decarbonization Program - Smart Energy Decisions

Energy Efficiency, GHG Emissions, Industrial  -  January 24, 2024

Heineken Launches Multi-Phase Decarbonization Program

Heineken, an international brewer, launched a long-term decarbonization program at its beer and malt production sites.

The company chose Siemens as a partner for its global net zero production roadmap, which is part of Heineken’s goals to achieve net zero in Scopes 1 and 2 across all production sites by 2030.

Siemens will implement solutions and services from its Siemens Xcelerator portfolio to lower energy usage at more than 15 Heineken beer and malt production sites, spanning facilities across Asia-Pacific, the Americas, and Europe. Additional sites will be added in a second phase.  

During the initial project of consulting, auditing, and advisory services, an energy digital twin was used to simulate and analyze a typical Heineken brewery. The simulation showed approximately 70% of energy use was linked to the generation of necessary heating and cooling during the brewing process. By optimizing and monitoring these cooling and heating systems through an end-to-end program, Siemens estimates energy savings of between 15-20% at each site and an average CO2 reduction of 50% at each site.

As we continue to focus on the delivery of our journey to reach net zero in Scope 1 & 2, we know that we must make many bold and ambitious moves to decarbonize our global operations,” said Dolf Van Den Brink, Heineken CEO and Chairman of the executive board, in a statement. “Undertaking these challenges with partners like Siemens allows us to bring in technical expertise and industry knowledge to innovate quickly and at scale. We are excited to continue on this journey with partners who are committed to pioneer and localize next-generation solutions, to help us reach our net zero goals."

Through the end of 2022, Heineken had already lowered carbon emissions on Scopes 1 and 2 by 18% since 2018. To achieve this, in 2022 it increased its renewable electricity consumption to 58% and is currently investing in renewable heat solutions for its breweries.

In 2023, Heineken’s net zero and FLAG (Forest, Land, and Agriculture) targets were approved by the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi), becoming the first global brewer to pass this sustainability milestone. 

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