DB Breweries is one of New Zealand’s most iconic companies and we’ve been brewing beer at our main site in Waitemata since 1930. Today we produce and sell a wide range of high quality beers and ciders, including premium global brands such as Heineken, Tiger and Lagunitas, local favourites Tui and DB Export, and leading craft brands Monteith’s, Tuatara and Black Dog. We also operate Drinkworks, which markets and distributes premium beer and cider in Australia, and have a direct interest in 20 licensed premises in Auckland through Barworks Hospitality Group, a joint venture with JAG Hospitality Group.
DB is 100% owned by HEINEKEN. While our shareholding is global in nature, DB remains very much a New Zealand company with strong ties to the local community. All of our breweries, and our cidery, have long histories in New Zealand and are embedded with a strong sense of Kiwi pride.
Actions: DB Export Brewtroleum
In 2015, in an example of true homegrown innovation, our DB Export brewing team partnered with Gull, New Zealand’s leader in biofuel, to develop a New Zealand (and world!) first; DB Export Brewtroleum – biofuel made from beer.
DB produces almost 600,000 litres of beer by-product each year, and disposes of around 150,000 litres of excess slurry, which is surplus to allocation for primary industry (production of Marmite) or stock feed.
We’re now using the leftovers to create an independently tested fuel-grade ethanol through a biomass fermentation process similar to brewing beer. This fuel-grade ethanol is refined and added to petrol to create a Brewtroleum, which can be used in internal combustion engines, e.g. generators, cars and boats.
DB Export Beer Bottle Sand
During 2017, we collaborated with New Zealand’s largest glass recycler, Visy Recycling, to create DB Export Beer Bottle Sand - a sand-substitute made from finely crushed, recycled consumer waste glass.
Over the past year, 104 tonnes of DB Export Beer Bottle Sand has been produced for a range of practical purposes, including for construction and roading, DIY projects, pipe bedding, golf bunkers and sports field drainage. DB Export Beer Bottle Sand provides an environmentally friendly alternative to beach-derived sand, which is a non-renewable resource. It also creates value from waste glass, which cannot be recycled for glass production due to contamination or co-mingling.
Through DB Export Beer Bottle Sand, DB is elevating the importance of recycling and the negative impacts of sand dredging on beaches to a mainstream audience. The concept gained 217 million impressions on publications worldwide and thousands of user-generated videos were shared directly from the ‘beer bottle sand machine’. Our social media campaign also received 55 million views and 700,000 shares.
We’re also helping to reduce the amount of waste glass that goes to landfill. Although New Zealand has a high glass return rate (73%), some of this glass cannot be recycled back into glass containers due to issues such as quality and contamination. Therefore, the next best option is to repurpose it into other uses, such as a sand-substitute.
DB Export Beer Bottle Sand is available for anyone to use through Drymix eco-concrete mix, which is perfect for any DIY jobs you might have around the home.
Investment in renewables at Redwood Cidery
In March 2015, we commissioned a solar unit at our Redwood Cidery. A standalone unit, it was dedicated to heating water in the sterilisation (CIP) supply tank which was, until then, done through electricity only. Throughout the year we used a combination of electric and solar capacity at the site and in 2016 we made further changes to save more electricity, including halving the volume of water heated from 30 to 15 Hls, sterilising post shift instead of pre shift and filling the tank with thermal heated water. The unit has consistently reduced our electricity consumption from 2.54 kilowatt hours per hectolitre packed product in 2014 to 1.37 in 2016.
Focus on continuous improvement
In 2016, a major part of our focus around reducing CO2 emissions was on our transportation and logistics in and around our production sites, on both a large and small scale. Through continuous improvement principles we targeted specific areas to optimise our truck movements highlighting opportunities where we could reduce fuel usage or alter our delivery systems and locations to reduce our CO2 emissions.
We identified that the usage of our offsite storage facilities, where we store overflow product, could be optimised at certain times of year. By working hard on our forecasting we were able to ensure the amount of product held in offsite storage facilities was minimised. The effect of this was significantly reducing the movements of trucks between these sites and less time on the roads.
We also began the development of an onsite warehouse extension at our largest Waitemata site, with the long-term aim of completely eliminating the need for additional truck movement to offsite storage. Further, we conducted a full analysis of our production schedule across all operational sites. This highlighted some opportunities to amend our schedules in order to produce certain products at the most efficient plant based on localised demand. This optimisation significantly reduced transportation of our products as well as resulting fuel consumption.
As well as looking at our external transportation and logistics, we identified that to continue to reduce emissions, all aspects must be addressed; no truck or vehicle was too big or too small to ignore. Therefore we invested in a multi-million dollar automated delivery system on the packaging lines, which has eliminated forklift usage in the area completely.
By focusing on our own transportation and logistics processes, we have been able to surpass our initial CO2 emissions targets and have put ourselves in a position where we can push boundaries again, knowing we have initiatives in place that can support lower CO2 emission levels into the future.
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22 Feb 2019 | Vector
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7 Feb 2019 | Vector
25 Jan 2019 | Wright Communications
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22 Jan 2019 | Maori Television
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22 Jan 2019 | Ports of Auckland
18 Jan 2019 | Air New Zealand
10 Jan 2019 | Architecture Now
10 Jan 2019 | ANZ
9 Jan 2019 | Thinkstep
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20 Dec 2018 | Auckland Council
19 Dec 2018 | Stuff
19 Dec 2018 | Vector
18 Dec 2018 | Waikato Business News
18 Dec 2018 | Fonterra
17 Dec 2018 | Farmers Weekly
10 Dec 2018 | Sustainable Business Council
7 Dec 2018 | Ecostore
Most plastic is made from non-renewable petrochemicals. The extraction process and conversion into plastic releases carbon into the atmosphere, adding to climate change. So in 2014 we challenged ourselves to find a packaging alternative that goes beyond reducing emissions, and actually takes carbon out of the atmosphere. We found a packaging solution that can help to combat climate change. It’s plastic made from sugarcane.
6 Dec 2018 | Meridian Energy
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4 Dec 2018 | Ports of Auckland
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3 Dec 2018 | Enviro-Mark Solutions
29 Nov 2018 | KPMG
29 Nov 2018 | Toyota New Zealand
29 Nov 2018 | Countdown
28 Nov 2018 | Enviro-Mark Solutions
28 Nov 2018 | Stuff
27 Nov 2018 | NZ Post
To assist our path finding we have developed a ‘decarbonisation roadmap’ that will help guide actions across the business – not just in operations – but in the way the whole organisation thinks about reducing carbon. From People teams to IT to Procurement, everyone will need to be involved.
26 Nov 2018 | Ngāi Tahu Holdings
23 Nov 2018 | IAG
Reducing energy use in our commercial buildings is an important part of our response to climate change. That’s why we are proud that our Christchurch office currently has the highest NABERSNZ whole building rating in New Zealand.
21 Nov 2018 | Orion
20 Nov 2018 | Auckland Council
20 Nov 2018 | Suncorp New Zealand
19 Nov 2018 | Countdown
19 Nov 2018 | Fonterra
16 Nov 2018 | 4sight Consulting
15 Nov 2018 | Wellington Zoo
13 Nov 2018 | Auckland Council
8 Nov 2018 | thinkstep
7 Nov 2018 | Flick
7 Nov 2018 | SKYCITY Entertainment Group
31 Oct 2018 | Waste Management
30 Oct 2018 | Vector
26 Oct 2018 | TIL Logistics Group
12 Oct 2018 | Vector
10 Oct 2018 | Mondiale
Mondiale Freight Services Ltd, a leading New Zealand based International Freight Forwarding, Warehousing and Logistics Company, is committed to operating in a sustainable manner and is actively working to reduce its carbon footprint.
9 Oct 2018 | Waste Management
4 Oct 2018 | Ecostore
Ecostore has announced that more than 80% of its packaging is made with renewable, sustainable sugar, and thanks to this significant investment, ecostore has helped save 4,485 tonnes of carbon from being released into the atmosphere since the company converted its packaging from petrochemical plastic to biobased ‘sugar’ plastic four years ago. The total savings achieved to date are equivalent to the amount of carbon emitted during 8,500 car journeys from Cape Reinga to Bluff.
27 Sep 2018 |
With new signatories including Auckland Council, Auckland Transport, Panuku Development Auckland and Otago Polytechnic, the Coalition is pleased to welcome the first local council and first educational institution to join the growing ranks of organisations wanting to commit to climate action. Read more
27 Sep 2018 | WSP Opus
21 Sep 2018 | Auckland Council
21 Sep 2018 | Vector
11 Sep 2018 | Z Energy
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5 Sep 2018 | 4sight Consulting
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25 Jul 2018 | Climate Leaders Coalition
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12 Jul 2018 | Climate Leaders Coalition
12 Jul 2018 | Climate Leaders Coalition
Supporting the announcement of the Climate Leaders Coalition and the signing of the CEO Climate Change Statement, the following document has been created to provide an overview of the Coalition, the case for a low emissions economy, and the background of Coalition members, business leaders, and their sentiment and action in this space. Read more
12 Jul 2018 | Climate Leaders Coalition
60 businesses making up nearly fifty percent of New Zealand’s emissions have joined forces to tackle the issue of climate change.
It’s a significant move by the New Zealand business community, being praised as “strong” and “unprecedented” by local and global organisations.
On a mission to reduce emissions in New Zealand, the group of 60 CEOs have formed the Climate Leaders Coalition, recognising the role that business can play in bringing about change and signing a joint statement, which commits their companies to action. Read more
12 Jul 2018 | Meridian Energy
Business leaders embrace the opportunity of a low-carbon future, says Meridian. Meridian Energy is proud to be one of 60 businesses that today have signed the CEO Climate Change Statement, the first step taken by the Climate Leaders Coalition to drive positive change. Read more
12 Jul 2018 | Ravensdown
Ravensdown is one of 60 leading New Zealand businesses whose CEOs have signed a commitment to measure and publicly report their greenhouse gas emissions and work with suppliers to reduce their emissions.
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12 Jul 2018 | Vector
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12 Jul 2018 | Climate Leaders Coalition