We reduce our environmental footprint
Concern for the environment is present in every decision we make, and we work each day to reduce our environmental footprint. This commitment has led us to reduce our impact on the environment by 50% since the year 2000, through responsible use of natural resources (water and energy) and by reducing our emissions, at the same time as our production rose by 58%.
We collaborate with different international organisations, like the Spanish Network for the UN Global Compact and WWF, in promoting initiatives that help protect the environment. Additionally, we worked with our employees to develop sustainable initiatives for improving our efficiency, and that of our collaborators, to integrate the circular economy into the entire chain.
All company centres are certified under the ISO 14001.2015 standard as well as the European EMAS Regulation. Under this regulation, assessment of direct and indirect impacts (natural resource consumption, discharges, waste, air emissions, even noise) is performed to ensure compliance at all times with the limits established by municipal ordinances. Light pollution is also assessed, although it is not considered a significant factor as our centres are located in urban settings and industrial parks and, moreover, the conventional fixtures have been replaced by focused LED lighting. Additionally, potential environmental risks are assessed and response procedures established.
Annually, impact minimisation targets are set, with adequate budget resources allocated for their control, monitoring and reduction. We also extend this system to suppliers and distributors by sharing specific indicators like the carbon footprint.
Included in the Spanish carbon footprint register, greenhouse effect reduction targets are set and reflected in our Strategic Framework for Sustainability.
In 2018, we extended our collaboration agreement with WWF to the year 2020 to continue carrying out environmental protection projects focused on reducing our carbon footprint and others linked to cultivation of raw materials and sustainable packaging. All in line with the commitments we have adopted in our “Somos 2020” framework.
Additionally, last year we carried out an awareness-raising campaign on prevention of forest fires in Cuenca and Galicia in collaboration with various local on-trade establishments. Between July and October, we promoted responsible conduct through tips on effective protection and maintenance of forests and wilderness areas.
With our employees and their families, we also carried out volunteer environmental actions to improve the environments around the places where we operate.
Pollution-fighting sun umbrellas for on-trade establishments
These pioneering sun umbrellas use nanotechnology to combat the high pollution levels in our cities. A total of 1,000 units capable of purifying the air and reducing levels of harmful substances like methane and nitrogen oxides were distributed to 200 on-trade establishments in Madrid, Granada, Málaga, Lleida, Bilbao, Pamplona, León and Burgos. This initiative provides a benefit similar to that of a forest with 2,000 trees.
We are the company responsible for coordinating the Life-Answer Project, in which, together with FCC Aqualia, the Boie Group of the University of Alcalá and Recuperaciones Tolón, we work to advance in the treatment of wastewaters from the agro-food industry. A project whose results will be applicable to other Spanish and European companies.
Eco alternatives for our vehicles
Within the Strategic Framework for Sustainability, we have set the goal of driving our own 100% sustainable fleet within five years. In 2018, we initiated various projects in this line, such as the acquisition of eighteen 100% electric vehicles for our sales force working in the downtown core of Madrid.
Our logistics operator, Taisa Logistics, joined us in this challenge and renewed its fleet with the acquisition of four liquefied natural gas trucks. It also managed to reduce the number of kilometres its vehicles drive and, as a result, emissions, thanks to more efficient routes.
Events with greater sustainability
Sustainability must be a factor in all of our actions. That’s why last year we presented our new Sustainable Events Manual aimed at all our employees and suppliers for the purpose of planning events with the smallest possible environmental footprint.
Alovera improves its efficiency
Our brewery in Alovera carried out two projects for improving the sustainability of its facilities. In one project, it successfully reduced water consumption by 7,000 m3 in just five months by recycling the water from the CO2 scrubber for later reuse. Another was a pilot project to optimise sodium hydroxide (NaOH) consumption in the wastewater treatment plant.
Energy savings through vapour recovery
Our plants in Burgos, Málaga and Lleida have started to use an innovative process for saving energy by recovering the vapour produced during boiling of the wort and converting it to hot water.