Reducing CO2 & energy consumption

 

We are proud of the great results we manage to achieve every year in terms of reducing our energy consumption. In 2019, we worked on various projects to further reduce energy consumption. At the same time, we drew up our energy transition plan, which describes specifically how we will be replacing fossil fuels with sustainable, carbon-neutral energy sources. It is our ambition to be an entirely carbon-neutral brewery by 2025, in which all energy we use is generated in a sustainable manner.

 

Results 2019

 

In 2019, our energy consumption per hectolitre was 84.06MJ/hl, which means we have managed to decrease our overall energy consumption by no less than 30% since 2005! The green biogas we produce ourselves accounts for 13% of our entire energy requirement and 18.5% of our thermal energy requirement.

 

Unfortunately, we experienced a downturn compared to 2018, in connection with the launch of new products and packaging, which have increased product variety and reduced our packaging efficiency. The trial brewery has also been used more often for brewing new beers. In the trial brewery we brew smaller amounts of beer, leading to lower energy efficiency.

  • Carbon emissions per hl of beer: 5.49 CO2 eq/hl
  • Total energy consumption: 84.06 MJ/hl (of which 13% came from biogas)
  • Thermal energy: 57.4 MJ/hl (of which 18.5% came from biogas)
  • Electricity: 7.43 kWh/hl

 

 

 

OBJECTIVES 2020

We want to continue reducing our carbon emissions per hectolitre of beer with the help of the following projects:

 

  • Continued improvement in filling line efficiency.
  • Optimising the degassed water system in production.
  • Optimising boiler efficiency.
  • Optimising large pumps in Brewing.
  • Optimising the reuse of residual heat from wort cooling process.
  • Continued development of the energy transition plan.
  • Study on heat pumps.
  • Rolling out a sustainability programme in production departments with various improvement initiatives to achieve greater energy reduction.

Our objective in terms of logistics:

  • Taking part in the study by Dutch Brewers into distribution streams and carbon emissions

 

Activities

Electricity savings for the brewery with sun-resistant foil

Electricity savings for the brewery with sun-resistant foil

Energy Transition Plan

Energy Transition Plan

Better Use Deal

Better Use Deal

Lean & Green

Lean & Green

Inland shipping

Inland shipping

Pallet transport the Netherlands

Pallet transport the Netherlands

Environmentally friendly transport

Environmentally friendly transport

Boiler optimisation in Utilities

Boiler optimisation in Utilities

Optimisation of the boiling process

Optimisation of the boiling process

Recycled residual heat from chimney

Recycled residual heat from chimney

Study into sustainable steam supply by Twence

Study into sustainable steam supply by Twence

Paris climate agreement

Paris climate agreement