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Sustainability

Our green ambition

The ambition of Brewery Huyghe is to become the greenest brewery in Belgium. We aim to secure the future of the next generations.

Milestones

Since 2012, over €35 million has been invested in, amongst others, a new brewing hall, new filtration units, a new steam boiler, new refrigeration compressors, a new barrel line, a new water purification installation and bottling plant. Thanks to all these investments and in spite of a continuous volume increase, the brewery has succeeded in substantially reducing its (raw materials) consumption. The brewery has also made huge efforts in terms of waste reduction and processing.

2012

New sustainable brewing hall introduced in 2012

€7,000,000 investment,

capacity increased to 350,000 hl, resource savings of 10%, energy savings of 50%, 30% reduction in water consumption & first solar panels installed.

2014

2014: Voka environmental charter and sustainability charter

Commitment to 17 specific areas where the brewery chooses to invest in a sustainable policy.

  1. End poverty in all its forms everywhere
  2. End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture
  3. Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages
  4. Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all
  5. Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls
  6. Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all
  7. Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all
  8. Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all
  9. Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialisation and foster innovation
  10. Reduce inequality within and among countries
  11. Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable
  12. Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns
  13. Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts
  14. Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development
  15. Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss
  16. Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels
  17. Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalise the global partnership for sustainable development

 

2018

2018 Green deal Flemish government

by signing the Green Deal, the 9 breweries commit,
together to further limit their water consumption by 2022.

Our ambition is to decrease from 3.5 liters to 3 liters of water consumption per liter of beer

Action points that we commit to

 

  • The use of additional rainwater
  • Additional buffer tanks for well water and recuperation water
  • Production of additional recuperation water
  • Optimisation of recuperation water use
  • Recuperation water is used for:

Powering the steam boiler

Entire water supply for the barrel line, with the exception of the warm rinse water for the barrels

Bottling plant: all users except the final rinse water in the bottle rinsing machine

CIPs: all water

Museum: everything

...

For the last 3 years the water has been analysed by a certified lab in accordance with the statutory monitoring frequency. In addition, the FASFC has already analysed two samples as drinking water.

So far all samples have met the quality standards for drinking water.

 

    Investments over the years

    Natural gas steam boiler replaces the less cost-effective oil-fired boiler
    Solar panels installed on the roof of the brewery
    New lorries More environment-friendly + less noise
    New filtration unit filters up to 200 hl beer/hr (i.o. 100)
    New barrel fill line 240 barrels/hr
    New bottling plant 20,000 bottles/hr
    New warehouse 2,500m2 (loading bays, sheltered workshop)
    Contract with Seanergy (wind energy)
    Belgian first New water purification installation: Reuse ±70% of water
    Natural gas steam boiler replaces the less cost-effective oil-fired boiler
    Solar panels installed on the roof of the brewery
    New lorries More environment-friendly + less noise
    New filtration unit filters up to 200 hl beer/hr (i.o. 100)
    New barrel fill line 240 barrels/hr
    New bottling plant 20,000 bottles/hr
    New warehouse 2,500m2 (loading bays, sheltered workshop)
    Contract with Seanergy (wind energy)
    Belgian first New water purification installation: Reuse ±70% of water

    Results

    Water consumption

    In litres per litre of beer
    8,51 L/L
    2008
    4,14 L/L
    2016
    3,55 L/L
    2018
    <3 L/L
    DOEL

    Electricity consumption

    in kWh per HL
    27,3 KWH/HL
    2008
    17,74 KWH/HL
    2016
    14,29 KWH/HL
    2018
    <14 KWH/HL
    DOEL

    Steam consumption

    in MJ per HL
    315 MJ/HL
    2008
    125 MJ/HL
    2016
    85 MJ/HL
    2018
    <80 MJ/HL
    DOEL

    CO2 emissions

    in CO² per hl
    43,1 KG CO²/HL
    2008
    19,68 KG CO²/HL
    2016
    14,89 KG CO²/HL
    2018
    <14 KG CO²/HL
    DOEL

    Non-recyclable waste

    in kg per HL
    1.615 KG/HL
    2008
    0.489 KG/HL
    2016
    0.393 KG/HL
    2018
    <0.4 KG/HL
    DOEL