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.

Because we know that circularity is a difficult concept to grasp - and challenging to explain - we have created an infographic. Through the examples in the infographic, we aim to provide a practical insight into what we are already doing:

Explanation of the above infographic:

· 37% Reduction in CO2 Emissions: Achieved by utilizing heat pumps, optimizing energy consumption, and employing a hot water buffer.

· 100% Heat Pump Driven: Starting from 2024, Holland Malt in Eemshaven will emit zero emissions, making it the world's first malt house to operate entirely emission-free.

· 40% Reduction in Transport Emissions: This reduction results from shifting transportation to rail and water instead of road transport. Efficiency in routing, such as direct deliveries to customers, and maximizing truck capacity with filled pallets, also contribute.

· Climate Neutral by 2050: Measured since 2019 using the Swinkels Circularity Index (SCI). Committed to the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) since 2022, aiming for a fully climate-neutral operation by 2050 in alignment with the Paris Climate Agreement.

· 20% Reduction in Natural Gas Usage: Achieved through the implementation of a hot water buffer and a heat pump, equivalent to the annual gas consumption of 2,500 households.

· 75,000 Tons of Spent Grains (Brewers grain): Rich in plant proteins and fibers, spent grains are a valuable ingredient reused to produce beer, plant-based drinks, and flour. This process is sustainable, as it derives three products from one raw material - barley.

· Sludge as Fertilizer: Utilizing co-products, such as spent grains and sludge from wastewater treatment, in a way that adds maximum value and returns them as high as possible in the value chain.

· 100% Recyclable Packaging: All packaging is now 100% recyclable, with the goal of making all packaging 100% recyclable and composed of 100% sustainable material by 2025.

· 70% Sustainable Agriculture: Achieved through Sustainable Agriculture Initiative (SAI) certification. Continuous efforts involve making agreements with grain, hop, and sugar suppliers.

· Reuse of 1,000,000 m3 of Biogas Annually: Implemented in five out of eight breweries with water treatment facilities. In the remaining three breweries, water is treated by the government.

·Already Returned 1,200,000 m3 of Water to the Ground: Through Boer Bier Water, a collaboration between local farmers, brewers, and various stakeholders, a total of 1.2 million m3 of clean wastewater was returned to the ground in 2022.

All explanations and details about our initiatives cannot fit into one infographic. If you have questions or would like more information on a specific topic, please feel free to contact us.