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First Large Biomass Power Plant in Cambodia

Climate change is one of the biggest global threats facing humanity. It is already having an impact on our way of life and how we do business, and will continue to do so over the coming decades.

As a world-class brewer, HEINEKEN understands the need to address this shared challenge. To this end, the global group has implemented the target of achieving net zero in production by 2030, across markets and continents, and carbon neutral throughout the value chain by 2040.

To achieve this goal, HEINEKEN Cambodia has partnered with BECIS Cambodia, a business solutions provider focused on environmental sustainability. Their tried and tested solution uses cutting-edge technology and is well-suited to HEINEKEN’s mission. The inauguration of the biomass power plant — Cambodia’s first large bioenergy plant of its kind, on the 22nd of September 2022, was presided by His Excellency SAY Samal, the Cambodian Minister of Environment.

During the event, Mr. Dolf van den Brink, Chairman of the Executive Board and Chief Executive Officer of the HEINEKEN group said, “For over 158 years, sustainability and responsibility have been part of HEINEKEN’s DNA”. Before adding, “We’re brewers and doers and we know that our actions speak louder than words. I’m proud of the team at HEINEKEN Cambodia for operationalizing this large-scale biomass plant to lower our carbon emissions and take us one step further on our journey towards net zero.”

Mr. Eren Ergin, CEO of BECIS said, “It is an honour to partner with HEINEKEN Cambodia and bring this important project to the country. The shift towards sustainable energy will have a significant impact on resolving the climate crisis and changing the way we do business and supply our customers”. Before going on to say, “We believe that value creation and sustainable development are complementary goals that are highly interdependent”.
Circularity is another commitment that both HEINEKEN and BECIS focus on. Up to 50% of the ash generated by the new bioenergy plant will be used as organic fertilizer for local Cambodian rice farmers. Following the inauguration, one of the key projects BECIS Cambodia is aiming to implement is the empowerment of local communities via sharing knowledge on renewable energy solutions and circular economy initiatives, drawing on examples from the plant itself.

This new bioenergy plant in Cambodia brings the region’s total to three — the other two being both in Indonesia. The biomass plant in Cambodia will supply 100% renewable thermal energy for HEINEKEN Cambodia’s brewery. By switching to biomass energy, HEINEKEN Cambodia expects to reduce up to 60% CO2 emissions in its production.