Beer Climate Change Question 6

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Question

Has the brand (company) achieved a carbon emissions efficiency level below 10 kg CO2 per hectolitre of production?

  • Dutch version: Heeft het merk (bedrijf) afgelopen jaar een uitstoot gerealiseerd beneden het niveau van 10 kg C02 per hectoliter bier?
  • German version: Hat die Brauerei einen Energieeffizienz-Level unter dem Niveau von 10 kg CO2 per Hektoliter Bier erreicht?

Reference

This question is related to Beer Climate Change Question 4. The question here focuses on actual carbon emissions per hectoliter of produced beer. The benchmark of 10 kg CO2/hectolitre is the sector performance average (10 kg CO2/HL) as published by Food Climate Research Network (see page 41). Dutch export brand Bavaria has already proven that 5,1 kg CO2/HL beer is possible [1].

Again, this question relates to aspects EN16 and EN17 of theGRI Sustainability Reporting Guidelines & Food Processing Sector Supplement. For brands that only report purchased electricity and the use of natural gas, the carbon footprint can be calculated with conversion factors. For the carbon emissions from gas consumption, a conversion factor of 1,788 kg CO2 per m3 gas is used [2].

Ranking guideline

A ‘Yes’ is applicable when:

  • The brand/company has achieved below 10 kg CO2 per hectolitre of product for its relative carbon emissions

A ‘No’ is applicable when:

  • The brand/company has achieved more than 10 kg CO2 per hectolitre of product for its relative carbon emissions.

A ‘?’ is applicable when:

  • The brand/company does not publish its relative carbon emission achievements on the website

Answering guidelines

Answer Yes:

  • [Brand] has achieved […kgCO2/hl] for its relative greenhouse gas emissions, (see link/page...).

Answer No:

  • [Brand] has achieved […kgCO2/hl] for its relative greenhouse gas emissions (see link/page...). Brand performance is lower than the average for this sector

Answer ?:

  • [Brand] does not communicate any information about its relative greenhouse gas emission reduction per unit of production if there is one, on its website. Sustainability information should be easily accessible for consumers to make responsible choices
  • [Brand] does not clear enough communicate its relative greenhouse gas emission per unit of productions.