Beer Climate Change Question 11

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Question

Has the brand published its carbon footprint specifically for the transport of ingredients?

  • Dutch version: Heeft het merk de CO2 voetafdruk bekend gemaakt voor het transport van de ingrediënten?
  • German version: Veröffentlicht der Markenhersteller eine Klimabilanz zum Transport der bezogenen Rohwaren?

Reference

A trend in making beer more sustainable is local sourcing, meaning that beer brewers buy the ingredients from suppliers in the direct vicinity of the breweries. E.g. Dutch brand Gulpener (entirely) and German brand Neumarkter Lammsbräu (partly) source its raw materials locally. The reasons given for local sourcing are e.g. 1) to support the local economy by long term cooperations. Neumarkter Lammsbräu even pays a premium price to farmers. 2) Close cooperation would lead to better quality and innovation 3) local sourcing would reduce transport carbon emissions.

It is not proven if local sourcing really helps reducing the transport carbon emissions, as the means of transport (boat, truck, train etc.) is also a major variable that should be factored in. Beer brands can reduce distance and choose te most favorable means of transport to reduce carbon emissions downstream. We therefore ask beer brewers for a policy on this topic, starting with a carbon footprint, according the the GHG protocol, see this page, scroll down to 'Category 4 - Upstream transportation and distribution'.

As this is the first year (2015) that we include this question, also other metrics are eligible for a 'yes', see the ranking guidelines.

Ranking guidelines

A ‘Yes’ is applicable when:

  • The brand or company has published the carbon footprint for the transport of ingredients.
  • The general carbon footprint of the brand includes the carbon footprint for the transport of ingredients. Make sure that the numbers are clear in the carbon footprint breakdown.
  • The brand gives an overview of the countries of origin for at least 90% of the ingredients, and mentions the means of transport for each country.
  • The brand reports that at least 90% of the ingredients are sourced locally (within 250km of the brewery) AND mentions the means of transport.


A ‘No’ is applicable when:

  • The brand/company is not transparent about the origin and transport of ingredients.


A ‘?’ is applicable when:

  • The brand does give informtion about the transport carbon emissions, but it does not meet the criteria to award a 'yes'.

Answering guidelines

Yes

  • The brand or company has published the carbon footprint for the transport of ingredients. The emissions are {...}. The company has a policy to reduce these greenhouse gas emissions by {...}.
  • The general carbon footprint of the brand includes the carbon footprint for the transport of ingredients, which are {...t}. The company has a policy to reduce these greenhouse gas emissions by {...}.
  • The brand gives an overview of the countries of origin for {...>90%} of the ingredients. The countries are {...} and the means of transport are {...}. The company has a policy to reduce these greenhouse gas emissions by {...}.
  • The brand reports that at least 90% of the ingredients are sourced locally (within {...<250km} of the brewery) AND mentions the means of transport. The means of transport are {...}. The company has a policy to reduce these greenhouse gas emissions by {...}.


‘?’

  • The brand/company does not report on the origin and transport of ingredients, and related greenhouse gas emissions.
  • The brand/company reports about the origin of ingredients, but not about the related greenhouse gas emissions.
  • The brand/company gives information about the transport greenhouse gas emissions e.g. {...}, but is not specific about {...}.


No

  • The brand/company states not to report about the origin and transport of ingredients, and related greenhouse gas emissions.