Siemens & Heineken's Decarbonisation Project & Net Zero Goal

Heineken and Siemens are Charting a Collaborative Net Zero Course With Digital Innovation, Towards Sustainable Production & Operations

Siemens and Heineken are teaming up in a new decarbonisation programme to reduce energy usage at 15 Heineken beer and malt production sites across Asia-Pacific, the Americas and Europe. The initiative will utilise services from the Siemens Xcelerator portfolio, such as digital twins.

Siemens and Heineken unite for a sustainable future with digital solutions

Siemens is focused on manufacturing, transport and healthcare, from building resource-efficient factories and smart buildings and employs 320,000 people across the globe. Siemens recently made it onto our list of Top 10: Industrial Automation Software Companies, for driving digital transformation forward with automation concepts, such as Totally Integrated Automation (TIA), which ensures the seamless interaction of all components.

Heineken is credited with being the largest beer company in Europe, Heineken has been manufacturing arguably the world’s most iconic beer for 150 years. The company exports more than 300 brands to some 190 countries and operates over 160 breweries in more than 70 countries. As well as its namesake flagship brand Heineken, exported to 84 markets. Heineken has pledged to be a carbon-neutral producer of beer by 2030, already counting five of the world’s ten largest on-site solar-powered breweries. 

An initial project led by the two showed that using an energy digital twin to simulate a Heineken brewery in the virtual world would help to spot where energy savings could be made. The simulation showed that 70% of energy use was caused by the generation of heating and cooling used in the brewing process. 

To reduce CO2 emissions, Siemens will use operational data and digital twins to produce an end-to-end programme of scalable services for Heineken’s production sites across the world. The new system will electrify the production of heat and cooling, using heat pumps powered by renewable energy, which will lower reliance on steam generated by fossil fuels. 

Heineken and Siemens’ collaborative journey towards net zero emissions

Dolf van den Brink, Heineken CEO and Chairman of the Executive Board, is aware that the company must make ambitious moves to decarbonise its global operations and believes that Siemens will get the company there. 

“Undertaking these challenges with partners like Siemens allows us to bring in technical expertise and industry knowledge to innovate quickly and at scale,” said Brink. “We are excited to continue on this journey with partners who are committed to pioneer and localise next-generation solutions, to help us reach our net zero goals.”

Matthias Rebellius, Managing Board Member of Siemens AG and CEO of Smart Infrastructure, is proud to be a partner in Heineken’s net zero roadmap and is determined to reach net zero by 2040.

“Working with Heineken as a partner in this way demonstrates a thoroughly modern approach to data-driven decarbonisation,” he says. “By collaborating on an end-to-end programme, we’re able to combine hardware, software and analytics to predict and deliver the long-term results which are now crucial to every industry.”

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