As part of its new 10-year sustainability goals, Heineken has pledged to cut direct and indirect emissions at its breweries 40 percent by 2020.
Additionally, Heineken says it is working to reduce emissions throughout its downstream efforts, including issuing replacement refrigerators to customers that have less environmental impact, according to a press release.
With regards to water, the brewer is aiming to reduce consumption 25 percent by 2020.
Heineken indicates that all operating companies must compile and issue their own local sustainability reports by 2015.
That effort gets underway this year, with 20 of the brewer’s largest businesses set to issue sustainability reports.
A supplier code of conduct will outline Heineken’s vision for how its suppliers can help the company achieve its goals.
Heineken has dubbed the program “Brewing a Better Future” (PDF).
The environmental efforts are being pursued in concert with two other corporate responsibility initiatives – employee and community efforts, plus promoting responsible alcohol consumption.
Another major brewer, MillerCoors, also has set some environmental goals.
By 2015, SAB Miller, which markets more than 200 brands of beer and is the world’s largest bottler of Coca-Cola products, hopes to reduce by 25 percent the amount of water used to brew each hectoliter of beer.
Currently, the $25 billion company uses 4.6 hectoliters of water per hectoliter of beer produced. The goal is lower the input to 3.5 hectoliters.