Beer Environmental Policy Question 10

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Question

Does the brand have clear objectives to minimize the environmental impact of packaging, by reducing, re-using and recycling, and does the brand annually report on these results?

  • Dutch version: Heeft het merk (bedrijf) een duidelijke doelstelling voor het verminderen, hergebruiken en recyclen van de verpakkingen, en worden de resultaten jaarlijks bekend gemaakt?
  • German version: Setzt der Markenhersteller Maßnahmen um, um den Umwelteinfluss der Produktverpackung zu verringern? Werden die entsprechenden Resultate zu den getroffenen Maßnahmen jährlich veröffentlicht?

References

For this question we refer to Generic Ecology Question 2.

Beer packaging (bottles) is accountable for a considerable part of the total environmental impact of beer consumption. This LCA study indicates that packaging is accountable for half of the environmental impact, measured from farming ingredients to retail. Heineken Netherlands reports 45% of the greenhouse gas emissions are caused by packaging, measured from farm to consumption (including fridge cooling at home). And this study indicates that the packaging environmental impact varies between 15% and 65% of the beer life-cycle, dependent on the type of packaging used.

For this question, exemplary practices are shown by Neumarkter Lammsbräu, see CSR Report 2015, page 46 and Warsteiner, see CSR Report 2012, page 92.