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Reasonable, could be better Click here for score rapport: 11 out of 23

Sustainability summary

Brand has achieved the C-label. Brand is on its way towards sustainability, but more improvement is needed.

Brand owner: Heineken N.V.
Head office: Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Sector: Beer brands
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Brand sustainability score report

Last edited: 19 October 2016 by Barry
Last reviewed: 19 October 2016 by Mario

Questions about Climate Change/ Carbon Emissions

6 out of 10
1. Is there a policy for the brand (company) to minimize, reduce or compensate carbon emissions? Heineken Netherlands (brand owner of Brand) implements several measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, such as related to energy efficiency or the use of renewable energy (see link, page 10-12). Source
2. Has the brand (company) disclosed the annual absolute carbon footprint of its 'own operations' (Scope 1 & 2) and has the brand already reduced or compensated 10% of these emissions in the last 5 years? Heineken Netherlands has specified its total climate footprint. But, on group level Heineken has reduced its total own operations climate footprint from 1.887.193 tons of CO2e in 2013 to 1.524.716 tons of CO2e in 2015, which represents a reduction of around 19,3% (see link, page 1). Source
3. Has the brand (company) set a target to reduce the carbon footprint of its 'own operations' by at least 20% within the next 5 years? Heineken group communicates several specifically related target reductions of greenhouse gas emissions for the year 2020. Thereby Heineken Group has set a target to reduce 40% of its climate emissions in production by 2020 compared to base year 2008, respectively 4% when taking 2015 as base year (see link, page 6). Source
4. Has the brand (company) achieved a carbon emissions efficiency level below 10 kg CO2 per hectolitre of production? In 2015, Heineken Netherlands has achieved 5,1 kg CO2e emissions per hectolitre of production (see link, page 12). Source
5. Has the brand (company) achieved a carbon emissions efficiency level below 8,5 kg CO2 per hectolitre of production? See remark for carbon emissions policy question 4. Source
6. Has the brand (company) achieved a carbon emissions efficiency level below 7 kg CO2 per hectolitre of production? See remark for carbon emissions policy question 4. Source
7. Has the brand (company) achieved a carbon emissions efficiency level below 5,5 kg CO2 per hectolitre of production? See remark for carbon emissions policy question 4. Source
8. Is at least 10% of the brand (company) consumption of energy derived from renewable sources? Heineken Netherlands communicates that 31,9% of energy at Brand's brewery in Wylre are generated from renewable sources (-22% compared to 2014). The sources, types and additionality of supply are not specified however (see link, page 13). Source
9. Is at least 25% of the brand (company) consumption of energy derived from renewable sources? See remark for carbon emissions policy question 8. Source
10. Has the brand published its carbon footprint specifically for the transport of ingredients? Heineken Netherlands sources some of its ingredients locally, but does not report clear enough on the origin and transport of ingredients, and related greenhouse gas emissions (see link, page 5 & 15). Source

Questions about Environmental Policy

5 out of 13
1. Does the brand use organic or otherwise environmentally certified raw materials for at least 5% of its volume? Heineken Netherlands states that sustainable brewery barely processed was at 10.000 tons in 2015, but does not communicate concrete information about the overall share of environmentally certified raw materials in its Brand beer products (see link, page 5 & 15). Source
2. Does the brand use organic or otherwise environmentally certified raw materials for at least 10% of its volume? See remark for environmental policy question 1. Source
3. Does the brand use organic or otherwise environmentally certified raw materials for at least 25% of its volume? See remark for environmental policy question 1. Source
4. Does the brand use organic or otherwise environmentally certified raw materials for at least 50% of its volume? See remark for environmental policy question 1. Source
5. Does the brand use organic or otherwise environmentally certified raw materials for at least 75% of its volume? See remark for environmental policy question 1. Source
6. Does the brand use organic or otherwise environmentally certified raw materials for at least 90% of its volume? See remark for environmental policy question 1. Source
7. Does the brand (company) publish the water footprint of its 'own operations'? Heineken Netherlands has published a complete own operations water footprint, which was at 7,5 million m3 in 2015 (see link, page 9). Source
8. Has the brand achieved an average level of water use below 5 hectolitres per hectolitre of beer produced? Heineken Netherlands specific water consumption in 2015 was 3,9 hl per hl (see link, page 9). Source
9. Has the brand achieved an average level of water use below 4 hectolitres per hectolitre of beer produced? See remark for environmental policy question 8. Source
10. Does the brand have clear objectives to minimize the environmental impact of packaging or does the brand already show clear 'best practices' regarding more sustainable packaging? Heineken group implements measures concerning more sustainable packaging, like light weighting of its products or measuring its packaging related climate emissions. But, aggregate results regarding its packaging materials footprint are not made public (see link, page 20-24). Source
11. Does the brand have clear objectives to minimize the environmental impact of packaging, by reducing, re-using and recycling, and does the brand annually report on these results? See remark for environmental policy question 10. Source
12. Does the brand (company) have clear objectives to minimize waste, by reducing, re-using and recycling, and does the brand annually report the results? Heineken group implements several measures to reduce its waste production, and reports the annual waste by type, weight and reductions achieved between 2013 and 2015 (see link, page 2). Source
13. Has the brand achieved 99,5% global recycling and reusing rate for its solid waste? Heineken group reports a global recycling rate of 94% for the year 2015 (see link, page 22 & 23). Source

Questions about Labour Conditions/ Fair Trade

0 out of 0