On April 15th, Heineken announced it would ramp up efforts to become a more sustainable company, including reducing its carbon footprint in four critical areas: agriculture, packaging, distribution, and cooling.
“We aim to be carbon neutral in our production sites by 2030 in order to meet the 1.5 degrees C goal set by the Paris Agreement,” said CEO Dolf van den Brink.
He added that the company would “work in close partnership with our suppliers and partners to reach our ambitious goals of a carbon neutral value chain by 2040,” referring to logistics companies and others that comprise the four critical areas the company is focusing on.
For example, Heineken is pioneering an inland shipping method that uses rechargeable battery-powered barges to transport its beer and cider within the Netherlands.
The wine industry has likewise adopted many sustainable practices, particularly with regards to water conservation and facilities powered by renewable energy.
The next step—no matter how big or small your wine operation—is to collaborate and partner with logistics providers who share sustainability commitments and can support efforts by the wine industry to advance their sustainability goals.