International: Heineken reduces water use

Global brewer, Heineken, has outlined progress towards achieving its Brewing a Better World 2020 commitments including reducing specific water consumption in its breweries. The figures were released in the company’s 2015 Sustainability Report. Water consumption in its breweries worldwide reduced to 3.7 hl/hl (hectolitre of water per hectolitre of beer)–a 26 percent decrease since 2008. Jean-François van Boxmeer, Chairman of the Executive Board & CEO, said: “2015 was a pivotal year for the world’s sustainability agenda. Events such as COP21 and the introduction of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals provide additional input for ‘Brewing a Better World’, our approach to creating a sustainable business. We are confident of the progress we have made in 2015 though we are aware of the challenges ahead.”