What is circular production?
We have been aiming for a reduction of our water and energy consumption in our production process for years. But in order to achieve a fully circular business operation, it is important that we take a broader view. That is why we are also investigating minimizing losses and making our transport more sustainable. We are also looking at possible savings in our raw material and material consumption. We also want to keep buildings and machines in operation for as long as possible.
How do we organise circular production?
We identified four groups for circular production. For each group, we defined circular criteria that we monitor and manage:
- Energy consumption production and transport: for energy consumption we look at the share of sustainable or renewable energy. Examples include the use of biogas and electricity from solar panels.
- Water consumption: for water consumption, we look at how much water is needed to make one HL beer or one tonne of malt. We then compare this with best practice examples elsewhere in the world (benchmark data). For water, we also look at how we can reuse or return water to the soil.
- Maintenance machines and buildings.
- Minimise waste: we want to avoid losses of packaging materials through high production yields. We want to extend the lifespan of machines and buildings through good maintenance.
- We use the Lean&Green criteria for transport with a minimum of three stars (see https://www.lean-green.nl/faq/voor-wie-is-het-lean-green-programma/ for more information).
Circular production initiatives