Heineken Ireland has released its 2021 sustainability progress report, which states that using recycled carbon dioxide for millions of pints of beer has helped make Heineken's Cork brewery 96% carbon dioxide self-sufficient.
Working with industry partners, the brewer also plans to remove more than half a million single use plastic cups from events this summer through the introduction of a reusable plastic cup.
Heineken Ireland said that in 2021 it ensured that no pints went to waste, continuing its efforts to repurpose kegs of beer - over 19 million pints in total across 2020 and 2021 - from the cellars of pubs in lockdown and turning it into energy and animal feed.
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Heineken Ireland has also funded dedicated zero zone spaces in retail outlets to help showcase no alcohol and low alcohol options for consumers. So far, the brewer has created over 1,100 zero zones in off-licences and retailers across Ireland. The zero zones are used to showcase all no alcohol and low alcohol products, rather than just the Heineken Ireland brands.
Statement By Heineken Ireland's Sustainability And Public Affairs Manager
Commenting on the 2021 Sustainability Report results, Heineken Ireland's sustainability and public affairs manager, Barbara-Anne Richardson, said, "While 2021 continued to pose significant challenges for the drinks and hospitality industry, at Heineken Ireland we are incredibly proud that we have continued to make substantial progress in our sustainability initiatives across the business and in setting ambitious environmental goals for the future. We are delighted to report that we succeeded in our 2021 ambition to remove over four million pieces of plastic packaging from our portfolio and are working towards removing half a million single use plastic cups from a range of events this summer. Guided by our award-winning Brewing a Better World sustainability strategy, at Heineken Ireland we are committed to industry leading sustainability and moving towards a circular economy. From removing plastic, to recycling carbon dioxide and leading the market in moderation, we are incredibly proud of our 2021 results and look forward to raising our ambitions even further in 2022 and beyond."
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