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Case study: How HEINEKEN is protecting water resources

Demand for water has doubled globally over the past 50 years and is expected to increase by another 40% by 2030. In water-scarce areas this means increased competition for water among industry, the general population, agriculture and ecosystems. HEINEKEN uses water in its finished product – beer is 95% water – and throughout its supply chain and recognizes the critical importance of sustainable use and protection of water in order to safeguard this valuable resource.

As one of the world’s largest brewers and a signatory to the United Nations CEO Water Mandate, HEINEKEN is aware of its responsibility to promote responsible water use and support its suppliers in doing the same. In order to protect water resources HEINEKEN took action to:

• reduce water consumption in its breweries – HEINEKEN reduced water consumption at its breweries in Mexico by nearly 3.5 million hectolitres in 2014 by optimizing water flows within the production process

• protect water resources and redress the water balance in water-scarce and water-distressed areas

• reduce water consumption in its supply chain and

• ensure that effluent from HEINEKEN’s production units is treated before discharge to surface water

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Professional & Technical
September 2
FBRH Consultants Ltd

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