Heineken launches Packaging the Future program

Program aims to support carbon reduction in packaging suppliers

Heineken has launched the packaging the Future program to support carbon reduction in packaging suppliers. Photo: Hrushikesh Chavan on Unsplash
Heineken has launched the packaging the Future program to support carbon reduction in packaging suppliers. Photo: Hrushikesh Chavan on Unsplash

Heineken initiated a program named Packaging the Future to encourage the top 50 suppliers for carbon transition. Heineken has invited many suppliers for an online meeting to decide and set targets on measures to protect our climate. This meet was a mix-up of top leaders from the company’s largest suppliers.

Pepsico, which Gartner has recently recognized as one of the top 10 global supply chains, along with ESG and Carrefour, was invited to contribute by sharing their thoughts towards the path of zero level carbon emission.

Heineken had checked with the suppliers to submit a net zero target based on science (SBTi) and change to 100% reusable electricity. They have promised to aid the sponsors with a climate school to help them achieve their targets. Along with the Supplier Leadership on Climate Transition (SLoCT), the company has plans to build supplier expertise with proper training and guidance for the SBTi process.

Plans of Heineken

Herve Le Faou, the chief procurement officer at the company, said that packing contributes 27 % of the total carbon emission, and the top 50 suppliers represent 85% of the total packaging carbon footprint. He added that they want to work closely with the suppliers to increase the impact.

It has further set targets to decarbonize its production and become carbon-free through sustainable energy and power conservation methods by FY 2030. This will be a part of its better world ambitions. With talks with the suppliers, the company plans to reduce emissions across its whole chain by 30% by 2030.

It also looks at achieving a carbon-neutral chain by FY 2040 and plans to be the first global brewer. The Global sustainable development manager, Nicolas Clerget, the carbon lead at the company, commented that even though the journey was long, they will achieve it by progressing slowly.

Heineken is working close quarters with SBTi to complete its commitments and is all set to be a member of the Business Ambition for the Race to Zero.

Initiatives by Heineken for reducing carbon emission

Heineken has joined membership with Glass Futures to strengthen its R&D strategy to create low-carbon glass bottles through new technologies and processes in the manufacturing and supply chain. This collaboration is planning to share its ideas and resources with the whole glass industry.

The team aims to decrease the environmental effect of their beers and ciders. They plan to work with the suppliers, customers, and NGOs to take the challenge of decarbonizing the whole chain and becoming a member of Glass Futures.

Packaging constitutes 30% of its carbon footprint, and they aim to limit its carbon emissions through the chain reaction of its products and innovations within the industry. The company is working with the suppliers to enhance the carbon reduction of the sector.

Since glass is recyclable and has the potential to be used everywhere, Heineken is requesting customers to be responsible and empty glass bottles so that they can be recycled. A new glass bottle can be made with an old one within 60 days of use.

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