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Beck's
Reasonable, could be better Click here for score rapport: 9 out of 23

Sustainability summary

Beck's has achieved the C-label. Beck's is on its way towards sustainability, but more improvement is needed.

Brand owner: Anheuser-Busch InBev
Head office: Leuven, Belgium
Sector: Beer brands
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Free Tags: Pilsner, Alkoholfrei, Lime, Gold

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Beck's sustainability score report

Last edited: 19 October 2016 by Irene J.
Last reviewed: 19 October 2016 by Mario

Questions about Climate Change/ Carbon Emissions

4 out of 10
1. Is there a policy for the brand (company) to minimize, reduce or compensate carbon emissions? Anheuser-Busch InBev (brand owner of Beck's) implements several measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, such as implementing energy efficiency measures (see link, page 14-15). Source
2. Has the brand (company) disclosed the annual absolute carbon footprint of its 'own operations' (Scope 1 & 2) and has the brand already reduced or compensated 10% of these emissions in the last 5 years? Anheuser-Busch InBev reduced its climate footprint from 6.08 million tons of CO2e in 2014 to 5.20 million tons of CO2e in 2015, which represents an decrease of around 14.5% (see link, page 16). Source
3. Has the brand (company) set a target to reduce the carbon footprint of its 'own operations' by at least 20% within the next 5 years? Anheuser-Busch InBev has set a target to reduce 10% of its relative global greenhouse gas emissions between 2012-2017. A total target reduction is not specified however (see link, page 9). Source
4. Has the brand (company) achieved a carbon emissions efficiency level below 10 kg CO2 per hectolitre of production? Anheuser-Busch InBev has achieved 8.27 kgCO2e/hl for its relative greenhouse gas emissions (see link, page 16). Source
5. Has the brand (company) achieved a carbon emissions efficiency level below 8,5 kg CO2 per hectolitre of production? See remark for carbon emissions policy question 4. Source
6. Has the brand (company) achieved a carbon emissions efficiency level below 7 kg CO2 per hectolitre of production? See remark for carbon emissions policy question 4. Source
7. Has the brand (company) achieved a carbon emissions efficiency level below 5,5 kg CO2 per hectolitre of production? See remark for carbon emissions policy question 4. Source
8. Is at least 10% of the brand (company) consumption of energy derived from renewable sources? Anheuser-Busch InBev reports a 10.9% energy use from renewable sources, with e.g. on-site generated solar energy. But, generally types of energy, sources and additionality of supply are not clear enough specified yet (see link, page 7, 13 & 14). Source
9. Is at least 25% of the brand (company) consumption of energy derived from renewable sources? See remark for carbon emissions policy question 8. Source
10. Has the brand published its carbon footprint specifically for the transport of ingredients? Anheuser-Busch InBev does not report on the origin and transport of ingredients, and related greenhouse gas emissions. Source

Questions about Environmental Policy

5 out of 13
1. Does the brand use organic or otherwise environmentally certified raw materials for at least 5% of its volume? Anheuser-Bisch InBev does not communicate any information about the use of environmentally certified raw materials in its Beck's beer products. Source
2. Does the brand use organic or otherwise environmentally certified raw materials for at least 10% of its volume? See remark for environmental policy question 1. Source
3. Does the brand use organic or otherwise environmentally certified raw materials for at least 25% of its volume? See remark for environmental policy question 1. Source
4. Does the brand use organic or otherwise environmentally certified raw materials for at least 50% of its volume? See remark for environmental policy question 1. Source
5. Does the brand use organic or otherwise environmentally certified raw materials for at least 75% of its volume? See remark for environmental policy question 1. Source
6. Does the brand use organic or otherwise environmentally certified raw materials for at least 90% of its volume? See remark for environmental policy question 1. Source
7. Does the brand (company) publish the water footprint of its 'own operations'? Anheuser-Busch InBev has published a complete water footprint of its own operations. Total water use in 2015 was 1.382 billion hl (see link, page 20). Source
8. Has the brand achieved an average level of water use below 5 hectolitres per hectolitre of beer produced? Anheuser-Busch InBev has achieved 3.14 hl water consumption per hectolitre of production in 2015 (see link, page 20). Source
9. Has the brand achieved an average level of water use below 4 hectolitres per hectolitre of beer produced? See remark for environmental policy question 8. Source
10. Does the brand have clear objectives to minimize the environmental impact of packaging or does the brand already show clear 'best practices' regarding more sustainable packaging? Anheuser-Busch InBev reports clear objectives to minimize packaging, and aim reducing packaging with 100,000 tonnes between 2012-2017. In 2015, 90,700 tonnes already (see link, page 6, 10 & 16). Source
11. Does the brand have clear objectives to minimize the environmental impact of packaging, by reducing, re-using and recycling, and does the brand annually report on these results? See remark for Environmental policy question 10. However, Anheuser-Busch InBev does not yet report on the packaging volumes per unit of product (see link, pages 31-32). Source
12. Does the brand (company) have clear objectives to minimize waste, by reducing, re-using and recycling, and does the brand annually report the results? Anheuser-Busch InBev implements several measures to reduce its waste production. The overall footprint of recycled materials and waste material slightly increased from 2014 (6.744.255 tons) to 2015 (6.794.799 tons) (see link, page 16). Source
13. Has the brand achieved 99,5% global recycling and reusing rate for its solid waste? Anheuser-Busch InBev's recycling rate of solid waste for 2015 was around 98.8% (see link, page 16). Source

Questions about Labour Conditions/ Fair Trade

0 out of 0