Heineken Ireland has said that collaboration has played a huge role in achieving its target of zero waste to landfill, according to the Irish Examiner.
The International drinks company, with a brewery operating in Cork, has also cut 55% of its CO2 emissions since 2010 as well as meeting a series of its other environmental goals.
The company released its 2017 Sustainability Report, ‘Brewing a better World in Ireland’, where it posted a 6% reduction in CO2, 7% reduction in water use and a 19% reduction in truck journeys.
Globally, the company aims to reduce its CO2 emissions by 40% by 2020, meaning the Cork site is already well ahead of its target.
A Sustainable Portfolio
All these reductions came as Heineken saw sales increase as it rapidly increased its product portfolio.
The Examiner reported that ten years ago, Heineken was producing only four beers in its Lady’s Well Brewery in Cork. Now it produces 13 beverages in the same facility, including popular ranges such as Heineken, Tiger, Coors Light, Fosters, Murphy’s and Beamish stouts, as well as Orchard Thieves and newly marketed Appleman’s ciders.
“The Lady’s Well site has been a brewery for over 160 years. We’re working on an Evolution Road Map which we hope will see this tradition continue for another 160 years,” Sandy Boundy, communications and corporate social responsibility manager at Heineken Ireland told the Examiner.
“This year has been all about collaborating with our partners and stakeholders to become a truly green brewer. It’s only through working with others we can hope to hit our ambitious targets. Throughout this year’s report, there are examples of sustainability achievements we’ve only been able to unlock thanks to this collaborative approach.”
Pushing For More
Pj Tierney, Heineken’s brewery operations manager in Cork, revealed a future campaign to further reduce its CO2 emissions, ‘Drop the C’.
He added that the company is exploring the idea of more environmentally friendly transport options and renewable resources for production. The group aims to have 70% of the energy used in Ireland to come from renewable resources by 2030.
“Sustainability is a mindset shared by people across the company,” said Sandy Boundy. “A lot of the environmental and efficiency initiatives come from ideas suggested by members of staff. That’s also true of our community commitments. We have an 18-year relationship with Cork Simon Community.
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