Circular
entrepreneurship

As a family business, we feel it is our duty to ensure that countless generations after us can enjoy everything we brew and build. We want to do business in a fully circular way, because we believe this is how we can make the most impact. Circular business means not letting raw materials, energy and materials go to waste and ensuring they retain their value.

The Swinkels Circularity Index

In the context of fully circular entrepreneurship, we have developed an integral method and calculation: the Swinkels Circularity Index (SCI). This method has three core processes as control mechanisms: circular procurement, circular production and high-quality reuse. The calculation method links the circularity of the entire company to concrete sustainability objectives. The Swinkels Circularity Index is checked each year by an external auditor, and forms part of the CSR information in our annual report.

The Swinkels Circularity Index guides in our daily operations and gives us the confidence to strike the right balance between our circularity agenda and business opportunities in the future.

The three areas of our business where we can make the biggest impact in terms of circularity are shown below. These form the basis of our circular entrepreneurship goals.

Circular procurement

  • Packaging
  • Agricultural raw materials
  • Marketing materials
  • Machinery, buildings and facility materials
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Circular production

  • Energy
  • Transport
  • Water consumption
  • Minimizing waste
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High-quality reuse

  • Co-products
  • Residual water
  • Residual flows
  • Machinery and buildings
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Circularity projects

Work in progress: ongoing projects

Holland Malt achieves the world's first emission-free malting house in Eemshaven

Holland Malt begins the realization of the world's first emission-free malting house today in Eemshaven, Groningen province. Through a new, innovative heating system, it no longer relies on fossil fuels, biomass, or other energy sources causing harmful emissions for the malting process. This marks a significant step in its energy transition, with the system set to be fully operational by 2024.

Swinkels Family Brewers aims to enhance soil and reduce CO2 footprint for brewing barley with the use of seaweed extract.

Swinkels Family Brewers, following a successful initial test on its own barley fields, is launching a pilot project using seaweed extract as a biological growth stimulant for its brewing barley. Across three locations, a total of six hectares of brewing barley will be treated with the biostimulant, aiming to increase barley yield, reduce water usage, and enhance soil carbon absorption and sequestration. The pilot is conducted in collaboration with Holland Malt malting company, The Seaweed Company, and two farmers associated with the Boer Bier Water initiative.

Infographic Circularity initiatives

As a family business, we don't think in years, but in generations. We understand better than anyone how important it is to pass on a more beautiful company and contribute to a greener world. That's why we focus on circular entrepreneurship: ensuring that we use as few raw materials as possible and that what we use retains as much value as possible.

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