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Grolsch
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Sustainability summary

Grolsch has achieved the E-label, because only limited information are published about a policy on sustainability. It is hard to see the overall effort Grolsch is making on sustainability. Therefore, more transparency is needed.

Brand owner: Asahi Europe Ltd.
Head office: Enschede, The Netherlands
Sector: Beer brands
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Free Tags: Pilsner, Radler, Bockbier

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Grolsch sustainability score report

Last edited: 26 July 2017 by Lodewijk
Last reviewed: 28 July 2017 by Mario

Questions about Climate Change/ Carbon Emissions

2 out of 10
1. Is there a policy for the brand (company) to minimize, reduce or compensate carbon emissions? Grolsch mentions initiatives to reduce greenhouse emissions by reducing energy consumption through recycling materials used in the production facilities and the use of biogas (see link, chapter 9). 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? Asahi group (brand owner of Grolsch) decreased its total climate footprint of the groups operations from 924 kilotons in 2015 to 907 kilotons in 2016, which represents a reduction of around 1,9% (see link, page 18). 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? Grolsch does not clearly communicate a target to reduce the climate footprint of its 'own operations' by at least 20% within the next 5 years. Asahi group communicates that it has set a target to reduce only 30% of their climate footprint by 2020 compared to 2008. Source
4. Has the brand (company) achieved a carbon emissions efficiency level below 10 kg CO2 per hectolitre of production? Grolsch has achieved 6,05 kg CO2e/hl of beer for its relative greenhouse emissions in 2016 in the Netherlands. But, the overall carbon emissions efficiency level (including UK) per hectolitre of Grolsch's production is not specified clear enough (see link, chapter 9). 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? The Grolsch biogas facility in the Netherlands produces about 18% of the total energy use at the Grolsch brewery. But, its overall share of renewable energy used (including international operations) as well as sources, types and additionality of electricity supply is not specified clear enough. Still, a renewable energy use higher than 10% is highly possible. 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? Grolsch does not report about the origin and transport of ingredients, and related greenhouse gas emissions. Source

Questions about Environmental Policy

1 out of 13
1. Does the brand use organic or otherwise environmentally certified raw materials for at least 5% of its volume? Although Grolsch indicates it is part of NIBEM (which promotes the sustainable production of hops), Grolsch does not communicate any information about the use of environmentally certified raw materials in its products. Sustainability information should be easily accessible for consumers to make responsible choices (see link, chapter 10). 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'? In 2016, the absolute water footprint of Grolsch in the Netherlands was 9.614.890 hl. But, its water footprint on global level is not specified clear enough (see link, chapter 8). Source
8. Has the brand achieved an average level of water use below 5 hectolitres per hectolitre of beer produced? In 2016, Grolsch used 3,56 hl per hectoliter of beer produced in the Netherlands. But, its relative water footprint on global level (e.g. production in the UK) is not specified clear enough (see link, chapter 8). 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? Grolsch implements several measures to reduce the environmental impact of its packaging, such as weight reduction of its carton packaging, which is also 100% FSC certified. But, Grolsch does not publish the packaging volumes/weights per material type (see link, chapter 9). 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? Grolsch implements several measures to minimize its generated waste and reports a total waste material footprint of 14.171,50 tonnes for 2016 in the Netherlands. Its global waste materials footprint is not specified however (e.g. production in the UK) (see link, chapter 9). Source
13. Has the brand achieved 99,5% global recycling and reusing rate for its solid waste? Grolsch has maintained its 99,8% recycling rate in 2016 in the Netherlands. Its global results is not specified however (e.g. production in the UK) (see link, chapter 9). Source

Questions about Labour Conditions/ Fair Trade

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