The Heineken brewery has high ambitions in terms of sustainability and is committed to sustainable water use and production of barley and hops. Heineken uses water throughout their supply chain – from growing crops to the finished products. Beer consists for 95% of water, so it’s a critical resource for their business. Climate change affects water resources and water availability. Climate change also affects the conditions for producing barley and hops, the main ingredients for producing beer.
Together with Heineken, CAS uses the climate data from the Copernicus Climate Change Service (C3S) Global Service to analyse the impacts of climate change on Heineken’s operational sites and agricultural areas. Having this information, Heineken can develop and prioritize adaptation measures to anticipate climate change impacts. Moreover, this can be used for strategic planning for future production sites for barley and hops. The results will be presented in a story map that shows the climate impacts that Heineken is confronted with in maps and figures and provides background information about the relevance of this information for Heineken and possible adaptation measures.
Heineken is one of the 20 use cases of the C3S Global Service program of the EU. The use cases showcase what the climate data is used for in practice to support users in their climate change adaptation efforts. Amongst the use cases are global players such as Heineken, Fonterra, UN Habitat, Oxfam and PwC as well as users with a more local focus. CAS develops story maps and visualisations for each of the use cases to showcase and highlight what climate data from the Copernicus portal is used for in support of climate adaptation.