Commercial, Solar, Sourcing Renewables, Wind - February 12, 2018
Heineken “drops the C”, increases RE
Heineken announced on Feb. 12 its "Drop the C" program, aimed at increasing its share of renewable energy from the current level of 14% to 70% by 2030. The company also reported reaching its 2020 emission targets in production in 2017, decreasing carbon emissions at their breweries by 41% since 2008.
In a statement, the company said, "Heineken wants to drive a real change towards renewable energy and will therefore not purchase unbundled certificates to meet its reduction targets. In addition, new emission goals will be set for distribution and cooling and, for the first time, also for packaging."The company also committed to setting science-based targets in these areas in the next two years.
"With all the good progress made in reducing our CO2 emissions, now is the right time to set ourselves new targets," said Jean-François van Boxmeer, chairman of the executive board and CEO. "When I visit our breweries I want to see that we are brewing with real green energy and that we are not achieving our reduction targets by buying unbundled certificates."
Heineken reports that 29% of the company’s current global electricity usage is renewable. Its brewery in Massafra, Italy is one of the largest solar breweries in the world, while its Göss brewery in Austria is carbon neutral. Additionally, 7% of the thermal energy used by Heineken is powered by biomass and biogas.