Heineken Joins English Water Retail Market

English water retail - self supply


Brewer Heineken has announced that it is to join the English water retail market and has been granted a self-supply licence so it can deliver its own water and wastewater services for all its operations in the UK.


According to edie, the brand hopes that the move will help to deliver cost savings and reduce its water footprint, helping to build on the progress that has already been made in its own sustainability strategy, Brewing a Better World.


The strategy includes a target to reduce Heineken’s average water consumption across its breweries to 3.5 hl/hl, reducing this to 3.3 hl/hl in areas experiencing water stress by the year 2020.


David Paterson, director of corporate affairs with Heineken UK, had this to say about the news: “Water is a critical resource for our business, used from growing crops to being a vital ingredient in our ciders and beers. Through our innovation programmes, we’ve been able to help the hospitality industry prevent 72 million pints of water going down the drain when serving the perfect pint, but we know more can be done.


“A self-supply licence will allow us to monitor our water use across our supply chain more effectively and help drive through further efficiencies from barley to bar.”


New tap system technologies have already proved useful for the brand, intended to minimise waste when beer and cider are poured in bars and pubs. The SmartDispense system has thus far prevented 72 million pints of water from being wasted in the last five years!


The market for water retail in England opened in April last year, allowing 1.2 million business customers to choose who supplies their water and waste water services.


This new market was set up to work alongside the existing Scottish water retail market, which has been open since 2008. The ability to switch water supplier means that businesses are now able to negotiate the best package for their individual needs – and we here at H2O Building Services can help you navigate your way through the market, which can be confusing if you’re new to the concept of switching supplier.


We can put together a water and waste water database using historical water billing data, to give us a clearer picture of your billing in the past and to date. Once this has been done, we’ll then carry out a water audit to see if you have been under or overcharged at any point. This will allow us to identify water saving opportunities and can send on a desktop water audit report on a site-by-site basis for you to look at.


We will then complete all work to deliver the water audit savings and refunds, updating the water database so as to demonstrate that the savings and refunds have been delivered. If you’d like to find out more, get in touch with us today.