On our way to net zero - targets approved by SBTi


In 2022, we announced our ambition to achieve net zero operations by 2050. The targets set towards this objective have now been approved by the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi). It is a vital step in the field of sustainability. The approval brings our ambitious carbon reduction targets in line with the international SBTi guidelines to limit global warming to 1.5°C degrees, as agreed in the Paris Climate Agreement.

The scientific validation and approval received by SBTi underlines our long-standing ambitions and focus on circularity. Royal Swinkels is the first – and currently only – fully Dutch family-owned company in ‘the food & beverage processing company category’ to reach this milestone. Through the alignment and adoption of the carbon-reduction targets, the ambition – net zero emissions across the complete chain by 2050 – can be monitored even better.

Marthijn Junggeburth, Sustainability Manager at Royal Swinkels: “For years, we have been committed to saving energy and reducing our energy emissions. We are proud of what we have already achieved, but are determined to continue our efforts and ultimately bring our carbon emissions down to zero. It's great to see that SBTi will be helping us and has accepted our ambitious targets.”

The approved climate targets which will be visible on the SBTi website per July 18th: 

Looking out for the next generations
As a family business, we think in generations rather than years. As an independent brewer and malting company we want to pass on an even more sustainable business to future generations. So it's no surprise that our family-run company was named most ‘Sustainable Brewery of the Year’ in 2023.

We have been making great strides in limiting our CO2 emissions for years. Since 2019, we have managed to reduce the scope 1 and 2 carbon emissions by 37 percent, partly due to the conscious decision to purchase electricity only from renewable energy sources. The energy consumption at the brewery and malting plant in Lieshout has been reduced by almost 20 percent, thanks to the installation of heat pumps. 

Read more about our climate ambition and results achieved in our annual report 2023: Circular business model « 2023 Annual Report (royalswinkels.com).