Decrease our CO₂ emissions and maximise the reuse of
Our Vision and Ambitions
The demonstrable change in the climate caused by man, coupled
with the long-term prospect of fossil fuel shortages and the
resulting price implications, are all important reasons for Grolsch
to substantially improve its energy efficiency and make sharp cuts
in CO2 emissions. Our wastewater purification produces a
great deal of biogas. In that way Grolsch generates 18% of its
total energy needs itself. Grolsch's target for F16 is to further
reduce CO2 emissions to 5.28 kg per hl beer.
Regarding waste Grolsch ambition is to reuse waste as much as
possible. No less than 99.8% of the 14,171.5 tonnes of waste is
reused! For example the brewers grains that are released during
brewing are sold to farmers throughout the Netherlands as animal
feed, yeast is reused in the pharmaceutical industry and our labels
are reused in the brick industry.
Sustainability is also key for packaging that Grolsch designs. We
use lightweight packaging and ensure that bottles are reused. No
less than 15,000 tonnes of our old pilsner bottles were reused last
year. We also encourage recycling, which saves raw materials and is
less damaging to the environment.
When it comes to our CO₂ footprint, we look beyond our core
business. We work together closely with our partners to make
transport as efficient as possible.
At Grolsch we are undertaking a variety of initiatives and
activities to reduce energy use and CO₂ emissions:
- Projects for improving energy-efficiency in the supply chain
(production and filling);
- Optimising heating and lighting at our premises;
- Increasing our level of biogas (green energy) produced by our
wastewater purification system;
- Encouraging careful use of energy by employees;
- Economical use of raw materials, consumables and packaging
- A returns system for bottles/crates;
- Drawing up a Life-cycle Analysis for all packaging, to
establish its impact on the environment;
- Reusing 99% of by-products and waste;
- Use of bio cups at events.
- Use of plastic pallets;
- Use of lightweight bottle caps.