Water

Water

Water is vital to our business. It’s not only essential to grow the quality hops, barley and apples that we rely on to make our beers and ciders, but of course, beer is 95% water so no water means no beer! 

Our operations

Our operations

Our global commitment is to reduce water use in our breweries around the world by 25% by 2020.

In our UK breweries and cideries, to achieve this, we’re working to improve the water efficiency of existing machinery - and installing modern, efficient technology where possible.

In 2015, we used 19% less water than we did in 2008 to make one hectolitre of beer. Our water use was 3.4hl/hl – down 5% from 3.6hl/hl the previous year.

Source: Water Footprint Network, Product Gallery.

Helping our customers reduce water

Helping our customers reduce water

Beyond our own operations, we’re also helping our customers reduce their water use. We’ve invested over £5million and six years of research to develop a first-of-its kind, draught beer dispense system, SmartDispense, that reduces water, energy and waste associated with dispensing beer.

Since 2013, it has saved pubs, restaurants and hotels around 14 million litres of water – that’s about 25 million pints.

In 2016, SmartDispense was recognised as Environmental Innovation of the year at Edie’s Energy and Environmental Awards.

Find out how SmartDispense  could save your business water, time and money - http://www.smartdispense.heineken.co.uk/index.html

See our 2015 Sustainability Report for more.