Protecting Water Resources

Water is vital for life and critical for the well-being of the communities and ecosystems in which we operate. Today, less than 1% of the world’s water is both accessible and drinkable, which means we have a huge responsibility to protect this vital resource.

Globally, fresh water resources are under pressure and water scarcity already affects 4 out of every 10 people. Demand for water has doubled during the past 50 years and is expected to increase further 40% by 2030.

We describe our approach for addressing water-related issues around the world as ‘Water Stewardship’. We aim to reduce water consumption in our breweries by 25% by 2020. Further, beer is 95% water so balancing the needs of the community with our own needs is at the heart of our approach to water within HEINEKEN.

HEINEKEN Ethiopia is committed to identifying sustainable solutions to restore the watershed and improve water availability. In Harar, we signed a Public Private Partnership with the Harar Regional State and other stakeholders, to ensure long term water availability in the area.

Bedele Brewery – On track to reduce water consumption

The brewery recognizes and is focused on its responsibility to promote responsible water use. If you look at the water consumption rate since the acquisition of Bedele brewery by HEINEKEN it has significantly reduced from 10.9 HL/HL in 2011 to 4.56 hl/hl in April 2016. This means we are well on the right track towards reaching our water consumption target of 3.8 hl/hl (or below) by 2020. Some of the activities (but not limited to) that were designed to reduce water consumption were:

  • Re-using final CIP (Cleaning Internal Pipes) rinsing water , water overflow for ground cleaning
  • Implemented Daily Utilities Monitoring system (DMS) for water consumption
  • Use of high pressure water guns on frequently cleaned areas
  • Close monitoring and fixing of leakages, condensation, etc. and w.

In addition, Bedele Brewery has invested 23 million birr in the upgrading of a Waste Water Treatment Plant. This is an aerobic plant which is discharging treated effluent water to the environment. This is in strict compliance and adherence to both Ethiopian law and regulation and Heineken standards as well.