Decarbonisation options for the Dutch maltings and breweries

09-03-2021 | Rapport

This report on decarbonisation options for Dutch maltings and breweries is part of the MIDDEN project (Manufacturing Industry Decarbonisation Data Exchange Network) initiated by PBL and TNO. The project aims to support industry, policymakers, analysts and the energy sector in their common efforts to achieve deep decarbonisation.

This report covers two maltings and four breweries that are in the EU ETS (Emissions Trading System), which were responsible for 142 kilotonne of CO2 emissions in 2019 (0.17% of the total Dutch EU ETS emissions). The two maltings covered approximately 80% of the total malt production capacity in the Netherlands and the breweries are responsible for 90 - 95% of all the beer produced in the Netherlands.

Decarbonisation options

In the last few decades, significant effort has been made by the maltings and breweries to increase energy efficiency and to increase the share of renewable energy. There is limited potential to further improve the energy efficiency. For deep decarbonisation the potential relates to replacing natural gas: the renewable supply of heat and electricity.