Sustainability Review (continued) 1
Every Drop - protecting water resources
Reduce water consumption in our breweries
Heineken N.V. Annual Report 2018
Report of the Executive Board
Report of the Supervisory Board
Reduce average water
consumption in our breweries to
3.5 hl/hl and in our breweries in
water-stressed areas to 3.3 hl/hl4
Reduce average water
consumption in our breweries
to 3.6 hl/hl
to the SDGs:
We decreased average water consumption in
our breweries to 3.46 hl/hl in 2018, meeting our
In water-stressed areas, the average water
consumption remained at 3.2 hl/hl, surpassing
the 2020 target.
Water consumption still remains high at some sites.
30 sites used above 5.0 hl/hl in 2018, representing
5% of our volume (in 2017: 36 sites, 8%).
We continue to invest in technology to reclaim
and recycle water in our production processes,
especially at our sites in water-stressed areas.
Effluent reclamation plants are now in operation at
our breweries in Tangerang (Indonesia), Vialonga
(Portugal), Singapore and are being planned in
Meoqui and Tecate (Mexico), Sedibeng (South
Africa), Kilinto (Ethiopia) and Vung Tau (Vietnam).
As part of our new water strategy, Every Drop,
we aim to further reduce water use of our breweries.
The new strategy will be announced in the course
For more on our water stewardship approach and progress,
see our website and case studies.
Our 2020 target I
Water consumption (global average)
(Hl/hl beer, cider, soft drinks and water)
Water consumption -
breweries in water-stressed areas
Our 2020 target
Olympic-sized pools -
the equivalent volume
of water we saved in
2018 compared to 2017
saved through water
efficiency since 2009
supplies or other
Brewing a Better World in action
Water Treatment Plant in Singapore
Our new €1.2 million water treatment plant will recycle
11% of the water we use in Singapore brewery, saving
66,750 m3 of water each year. The plant was built in
a joint development project between our operating
company in Singapore, Public Utilities Board (PUB) and
National University of Singapore (NUS).