Our climate

Sustainability and consideration for the world around us are key to the way we do business. As brewers and maltsters, we depend on natural resources, so it is important that we take action to conserve these. That is why we are aiming to have ‘net zero’ operations by 2050.

Our climate ambitions

On our way to net zero

We are constantly investigating how we can minimize CO2 emissions within our production processes, for example by using green electricity and renewable energy sources. We are also making our transport more sustainable by using electrification and biodiesel. Besides that, we are working with the agricultural sector to reduce the CO2 footprint of our agricultural raw materials.

SBTi targets

Part of our climate ambition is our commitment to the Science-Based Targets initiative (SBTi). This aims to help companies set science-based targets for reducing their greenhouse gas emissions.

The climate targets we set are in line with internationally agreed targets to limit global warming. In the first quarter of 2024, we expect to receive approval from the SBTi on the climate targets we have submitted:


on scope 1 and 2


on scope 3


on scope 1 and 2


on scope 3

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Our sustainability projects and progress

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.