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Beer giant Heineken sets goal of being carbon neutral in production by 2030

Joanna Bourke
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Heineken aims to be carbon neutral in production by 2030  (Heineken)
Heineken aims to be carbon neutral in production by 2030 (Heineken)

Beer giant Heineken has said it is aiming to be carbon neutral at its production sites by 2030, as firms and investors increasingly focus on environmental, social and governance credentials.

The Dutch brewer, which is behind brands such as Amstel and Sol, said it is committed to accelerating actions to address climate change.

Heineken’s chief executive Dolf van den Brink added: “A large part of our overall carbon footprint beyond production comes from agriculture, packaging, distribution and cooling. This means we will work in close partnership with our suppliers and partners to reach our ambitious goal of a carbon neutral value chain by 2040.”

The value chain includes various parties, from raw materials suppliers to logistics partners.

A focus on ESG remains high on the agenda for scores of businesses and shareholders.

Tens of FTSE 100 firms with a combined market cap of £650 billion have signed up to a United Nations pledge to eliminate their carbon emissions by 2050.

Meanwhile the UK is set to host the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties in Glasgow in November.

At Heineken, among work it has done is recently introducing solar panels at a brewery in Nigeria. In the UK Heineken last year launched a cardboard topper for multi-pack packaging for beers, reducing carbon and saving 500 tonnes of plastic every year.

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