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Brewing a Better World

Read Our Sustainability Story 2018

Our Sustainability Story 2018

Our ambition is to Brew a Better World across the entire value chain from Barley to Bar and we have been on a journey towards achieving our 2020 sustainability commitments. Our 'Brewing a Better World' programme provides us with the roadmap.

We are proud members of Business in the Community and Bord Bia's Origin Green, also in recognition of our sustainable and responsible practices, we have been awarded the Business Working Responsibly Mark as the first drinks company in Ireland to do so.

We are now looking beyond 2020 to define our 2030 global commitments in alignment with the COP21 Paris Agreement on climate change, the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG's) and the expectations of our stakeholders.

Our results demonstrate our commitment to the promise of Brewing a Better World and we continue to set stretching targets as we work to build a more sustainable future.

Maarten Schuurman, Managing Director, HEINEKEN Ireland CEO Maarten Schuurman

Every Drop

Protecting Water Resources

Every Drop

Protecting Water Resources

3.3hl/hl
Specific water consumption hl/hl Beer
  • 2018 3.09
  • 2017 3.1
  • 2016 3.1
  • 2015 3.1
  • 2014 3.1
  • 2013 3.1
  • 2012 3.1
  • 2011 3.3
  • 2010 3.3
  • 2009 3.2
  • 2008 3.3

In 2018 we used 3.09 litres of water to brew 1 litre of beer, a reduction of 7% since 2008.

Every Drop

Protecting Water Resources

12%
Our current usage is 12% below the average HEINEKEN company levels and we are in the top 10% of HEINEKEN breweries for water efficiency.

Every Drop

Protecting Water Resources

Our dedicated environmental champions continue to drive water savings throughout the brewery. As our production volume and the complexity of our product portfolio increases, we will work with our water metering systems and partners to optimise our water usage.

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Protecting Water Resources

All wastewater that is produced at our brewery is treated before being returned to the municipal wastewater treatment plant in Cork City.

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Reducing CO2 Emissions

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Reducing CO2 Emissions- in production

6.7
kg CO2 - eq/hl beer
Specific Greenhouse gas emissions
  • 2018 3.09
  • 2017 3.3
  • 2016 3.6
  • 2015 6.1
  • 2014 6.0
  • 2013 5.5
  • 2012 5.6
  • 2011 6.3
  • 2010 6.7

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Reducing CO2 Emissions- in production

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In 2018, a 55% reduction in CO2 emissions per hl from production was achieved since 2008 by purchasing 100% of our electricity from renewable resources

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Reducing CO2 Emissions- in production

  • Our brewery is CO2 self-sufficient since August 2015 and continues to benefit from our CO2 Recovery Plant.
  • Projects to reduce CO2 have been recognised with a commendation for excellence in environment from Chambers Ireland and we have recently signed Business in the Community´┐Żs Low Carbon Pledge with 46 other leading companies.

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Reducing CO2 Emissions- in production

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reduction in specific thermal energy consumption from 78.7MJ in 2017, to using on average 73.9MJ of energy to produce one hectolitre of beer. Drivers for this reduction were:
  • Improved monitoring of the process
  • Reduced steam usage in brew water tanks
  • Reducing boiler pressure to site

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Reducing CO2 Emissions- in distribution

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decrease in CO2 emissions per hl from distribution since 2011, achieving our distribution target of 20% reduction three years ahead of our global commitment. Key drivers for this reduction were:
  • direct deliveries to customers
  • self Collection by customers
  • 19% increased truck capacity resulting in less truck journeys

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Reducing CO2 Emissions- in distribution

We replaced six formerly diesel-powered forklifts with electric vehicles, all offering significant safety improvements. Safety features and driver behaviour analysis will help to reduce risks and costs while prolonging performance of the vehicles. Automatic braking will optimize energy efficiency, delivering an overall Carbon Footprint reduction of 112 tonnes per year.

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Reducing CO2 Emissions- in cooling

5%
of our fridges are 'green'

We replaced fridges across our entire On Trade customer base, to ensure the following characteristics:

  • use of hydrocarbon refrigerant
  • LED illumination
  • an energy management system
  • energy-efficient fans

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Reducing CO2 Waste Management

99%
of our waste goes to landfill

HEINEKEN Ireland consistently monitors waste streams to reduce, reuse and minimise output from our brewery site.

  • We are one of the founders of REPAK
  • Keg to glass is fully sustainable
  • We work with our suppliers, to reduce the amount of packaging used in our imported products

Growing with Communities

Growing with Communities

Our biggest contribution to the social and economic wellbeing of communities is through our core business; creating jobs for over 400 employees, supporting local businesses and paying taxes. Where we have the opportunity to help communities prosper, we do so.

Growing with Communities

480,000

The equivalent of over €480,000 contributed to 52 community connections in 2018.

Growing with Communities

150,000

donated to charities chosen by employees through our HEINEKEN Cares fund

Growing with Communities

Urban greening partnership with GIY

5

spaces have been given a 'green' makeover through our partnership with GIY (Grow it Yourself). This initiative creates green urban growing spaces that have a positive social, environmental and economic impact on communities. The project was awarded a commendation for excellence in the workplace by the CSR Awards.

Sourcing Sustainably

Sourcing Sustainably

Our values

We strive to develop a sustainable supply chain that shares value with local communities, protects the environment and provides a consistent supply of raw materials for our business.

Sourcing Sustainably

Local sourcing

0%

of our malted barley is from Irish farmers.

Sourcing Sustainably

Compliance with our Supplier Code

0%

of our suppliers have signed our Supplier Code and are compliant with the principles expressed integrity, environment and human rights.

Advocating Responsible Consumption

Advocating Responsible Consumption

Making responsible consumption aspirational

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of our Heineken® media budget was spent on responsible consumption with our "When you Drive, Never Drink" campaign.

We continue to use our Enjoy Heineken® Responsibly platform. This includes a dedicated website, advertising at all major sponsorship events and being displayed on commercial communication and packaging.

Advocating Responsible Consumption

Heineken® 0.0%: The non-alcoholic lager with world-class taste

The launch of Heineken® 0.0% comes as a response to Irish consumers' needs and demands, and also showcases our commitment to Advocating Responsible Consumption. Heineken® 0.0% gives Irish consumers more choice and variety for all occasions, and empowers those who can't or don't want to drink alcohol, to be involved in every beer and non beer moment without compromising on quality or taste.

Advocating Responsible Consumption

Building partnerships to address alcohol related harm

  • As an industry leader, we have a responsibility to recognise the problem of alcohol misuse. We work closely with industry groups, government, non-governmental organisations and third parties.
  • We are members of Drinkaware, an independent social aspects organisation whose vision is an Ireland where alcohol is not misused.
  • We are compliant with the Responsible Marketing Code and all of our consumer facing employees receive training on an ongoing basis on codes and regulations.

Advocating Responsible Consumption

Working in partnership with Cork Simon Community

HEINEKEN Ireland has been involved with the Cork Simon Community for the past 19 years through fundraising and volunteering. For the past seven years we've supported Cork Simon and the Addiction Aftercare Programme. The partnership aims to increase the number of people accessing treatment and prevent them from returning to homelessness. A dedicated support worker and aftercare housing service help people consolidate their recovery, 94 residents accessed treatment in 2018.

Advocating Responsible Consumption

Labelling

We advocate for increased consumer transparency by including ingredient and nutritional labelling on all of our packaged beer products. This information is available online for all our draught beer products here.

Promoting Health and Safety

'Put Safety First!'

Promoting Health and Safety

'Put Safety First!'

'Put Safety First!' is our number one company behaviour & we are committed to ensuring our people go home as healthy and safe as they were when they came to work each day. We are continuing to strive for a zero accident environment.

Promoting Health and Safety

'Put Safety First!'

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In 2018, we achieved a 57% increase in Near Miss & Safety Observation reporting across the company versus 2017, providing us with valuable information for us to avoid future accidents.

Our accident rate has plateaued in 2018 at 1.62 per 100FTE with a reduction in the severity of our accidents.

Promoting Health and Safety

'Put Safety First!'

100% of all company vehicles have been fitted with telematics. Telematics is a device installed in the dashboard of a vehicle tracking safety behaviour and fuel consumption. Resulting in improved driver behaviour increasing safety and also optimising driving to lower fuel consumption.

Promoting Health and Safety

'Put Safety First!'

In 2018 we continued to embed 'Put Safety First' across HEINEKEN Ireland:

  • Embedding our 12 Life Saving Rules
  • Revamped our evacuation procedure
  • Process Safety and HAZOP studies complete

Promoting Health and Safety

'Put Safety First!'

HEINEKEN Ireland have led the way in the On Trade Safety by collaborating with the H.S.A. & our Industry partners represented at the IBA to develop the BE SMaRT Risk Assessment Tool for our Industry. This will help engagement with our customers in the safety management of their hazards & risks & improve safety for our employees as well as for small businesses' in the trade.

Promoting Health and Safety

'Health'

As part of our Health & Wellbeing Strategy we have partnered with Laya Healthcare to support HEINEKEN Irelands future wellbeing, launching an integrated health strategy to employees in October 2017. The key focus areas are Employee Wellbeing, Occupational Health and Private Health Insurance. HEINEKEN Ireland employees completed a health score assessment to baseline organisational health and inform our Employee Wellbeing activities. A comprehensive roadmap of complimentary programs has been established and to date we've run a variety of workshops and activities driven by employee needs.