An important aspect of sustainable business operations is transport. In order to become a fully climate-neutral company, we are therefore taking further steps to also make our transport and related processes fully sustainable (scope 3).
Follow-up steps to the Lean & Green programme.
Second Lean & Green star awarded. We are now going for the third star in 2025.
Increase the volume of export containers via inland shipping.
Unfortunately, the share fell in 2022 because of the transfer of volume to Antwerp. Nevertheless, we are trying to increase the number of containers in 2023.
Increase load factor of NL round trip transport.
This remains a continual point of focus. We are continually trying to increase the load factor and reduce the number of consignments through smart planning and combining.
Alwin Kulsdom, teamleader shipping & forwarding - Royal Grolsch
"In order to become a fully climate-neutral company, we are taking further steps to also make our transport and related processes fully sustainable (scope 3). In doing so, we aim to meet the current and future requirements for transport in the Netherlands. We have already achieved good results in recent years: for example, over 70% of all our deepsea exportcontainers are already being transported to the port of Rotterdam by inland waterway. In addition, for our pallet distribution in the Netherlands, we drive with vehicles from the highest emission class (Euro-6) and we use extra long trucks (LZV's) for the delivery of our cans and bottles. In the coming years, we will continue our efforts to take new, sustainable steps in the field of transport. I am proud to work for a company that is working so actively on this'.
In 2023, we received our second Lean & Green NL star. A great appreciation for our efforts to make our distribution flows - including cellar beer, export and De Klok Dranken - even more sustainable. Thanks to the cooperation with our partners Bolk Transport bv, Combi Terminal Twente B.V. and Heisterkamp Transportation Solutions, we were able to achieve this second star. And now on to the third star!
When Heisterkamp came up with the idea of doing a test with trucks and trailers with solar panels on the roof, of course we didn't have to think twice! There are currently two trucks for Grolsch, which are fitted with solar panels on the roof. The solar panels ensure that the trucks' batteries are continuously recharged by the solar panels. The great advantage of this is that the truck does not have to run constantly during loading and unloading. This in turn results in lower diesel consumption and CO2 emissions. Another advantage is that the batteries last longer, reducing the risk of downtime. An evaluation should show whether more trucks with solar panels can be put on the road.
Our glass and can suppliers drive with so-called eco-combi's. These extra long, heavy trucks can transport 42 pallets instead of 30, quickly saving about 80 loads a year, and this number is expected to increase further. A considerable reduction in CO2 emissions.
In 2018, we replaced some of our trucks with Euro 6 trucks. These are trucks that meet the highest emission standards. In 2020, our other trucks were also replaced, which means that our entire dedicated fleet (14 trucks) now consists of EURO 6 trucks.
For transport of export containers we make extensive use of inland shipping. This allows us to save considerably on CO2 emissions. At Combi Terminal Twente in Hengelo, the empty containers enter via the Twente Canal and leave loaded. We also regularly use containers that are unloaded and stand empty in the depot.