Heineken plans multi-phase decarbonisation programme

19 January 2024

Heineken has selected Siemens as a partner for its global Net Zero Production roadmap, as part of its ambition to reach net zero in Scopes 1 and 2 across all production sites by 2030.

Siemens and Heineken will work together on a long-term decarbonisation programme which will utilise solutions and services from Siemens Xcelerator portfolio, to reduce energy usage at more than 15 beer and malt production sites.  

The companies collaborated on an initial project of consulting, auditing, and advisory services, using an energy digital twin to simulate and analyse a typical Heineken brewery in the virtual world, identifying where significant energy savings could be made. The simulation showed approximately 70% of energy use was linked to the generation of heating and cooling necessary for the brewing process. By optimising and monitoring these cooling and heating systems energy savings of between 15-20% at each site, and an average CO2 reduction of 50% at each site was estimated.

To achieve targeted reductions in energy usage and CO2, Siemens will deploy an end-to-end programme of solutions and services which are scalable and replicable across HEINEKEN’s global production sites. Using operational data in combination with the energy digital twin at each site, Siemens will design, engineer and implement a system to electrify the production of heat and cooling using heat pumps powered by renewable energy, reducing reliance on steam generated by fossil fuels. The system will be monitored, controlled and optimised using Siemens Cooling Plant Optimization algorithms, which uses built-in analytics to analyse data from the plant to reduce energy costs and ensure operational efficiency. 

As part of the agreement, Siemens will also deliver a five-year performance and monitoring contract, connecting the breweries to Siemens systems which use data services to remotely monitor the production sites, ensuring the best solution is operated at all times. 

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