HEINEKEN enters in global partnership with Glass Futures

The partnership with Glass Futures seeks to create sustainable low carbon glass bottles by developing technology and improving processes across manufacturing and the supply chain. The first low carbon bottle concept is currently tested in the UK in a joint project with glass producer Encirc. At HEINEKEN, we are continuously working towards decreasing the environmental footprint of our products. Whilst we are taking action in our own production, we embrace the challenge to decarbonize our value chain. We will only succeed by working closely with our suppliers, NGOs and customers, hence we are happy to team up with Glass Futures to embark on this journey together. It is for this reason that we have partnered with a not-for-profit research technology organization (RTO), Glass Futures and our supplier Encirc, taking part in a scientific study to better understand methods to decarbonize glass production. Within this study we have replaced conventional natural gas with biofuel and increased our recycled content for our bottles up to 100% to produce low carbon bottles. For every 10% increase in recycled glass, we can reduce emissions by 5%. The trial, which is in its early stages, will see 1.4 million bottles of Heineken® produced and with the intent of hitting the UK market early 2021. The results will mean that more development can take place alongside developing the current technical infrastructure in producing biofuels, with the eventual goal of introducing them at scale.

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