Beer Environmental Policy Question 6

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Question

Has the brand (company) reduced its water consumption per hectolitre of production by 10% in the past 5 years?

  • Dutch version: Heeft het merk (bedrijf) het waterverbruik per eenheid productie verlaagd met ten minste 10% in de afgelopen 5 jaar?
  • German version: Hat die Marke/das Unternehmen den Wasserverbrauch per Hektoliter im Produktionsprozess in den letzten 5 Jahren erfolgreich um 10% verringern können?

Reference

This question refers to the actual water use during production of a unit (hectolitre) of product is also related to the product water footprint. This question is based on best practices in the beer sector. EU water efficiency standards are yet to be set [1]. It is related to aspects EN8 and EN9 of the GRI Sustainability Reporting Guidelines & Food Processing Sector Supplement

Ranking guidelines

A ‘Yes’ is applicable when:

  • The brand/company has reduced its water consumption per hectolitre of production by 10% or more in the past 5 years.

A ‘No’ is applicable when:

  • The brand/company has reduced its water consumption by less than 10% per hectolitre of production.
  • The brand/company has increased its water consumption per hectolitre of production in the past five years.

A ‘?’ is applicable when:

  • The brand/company does not publish its water consumption per hectolitre of production on the website
  • The brand has published its water consumption in one year only.

Answering guidelines

Answer Yes:

  • [Brand] has reduced its water consumption by […%] hectolitres per hectolitre of production in the past […] years (see link/page...).

Answer No:

  • [Brand] has increased its water consumption by […%] hectolitres per hectolitre of production in the past 5 years (see link/page...).

Answer ?:

  • [Brand] does not communicate any information about its consumption, if there is one, on its website. Sustainability information should be easily accessible for consumers to make responsible choices.