13. Climate-Relevant Emissions

The company discloses the GHG emissions in accordance with the Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Protocol or standards based on it and states the goals it has set itself to reduce emissions, as well as its results thus far.

All processing and refining activities are not without emissions: the same applies to hop refining. The most significant source of emissions is the consumption of natural gas in hop production and in the heating system. The main challenges relating to climate-relevant emissions lie in energy-intensive processes and the high cost of carbon-neutral energy carriers in production.  

Numerous measures are being implemented in particular to address energy savings, energy efficiency, and increasing the proportion of regenerative energy carriers in the area of production (see Criterion 12). These measures also have a positive effect on the reduction of emissions. With the bringing into use of the CO2 recovery system in 2015, we were able to reduce CO2 consumption in the extraction plant in 2016 by more than 60% compared to the 2014 value. However, we do not have reduction calculations referenced to the base year.

Information on emissions in hop growing and breweries can be obtained from corresponding investigations reported by various relevant companies, professional organizations, and associations. In this connection, we would like to make particular reference to the carbon footprint of hop growing published by the Hopfenring e.V. hop industry association: THG Emissionen im Hopfenanbau HRI_18_19.pdf (766.73 KB)