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'Lean and Green' deliveries in the Netherlands

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As part of the Dutch government's Lean and Green initiative, our business in the Netherlands undertook to cut CO2 emissions from its distribution activities by 20% between 2007 and 2012. Other leading organisations making the same commitment included Hema, Coca-Cola and Douwe Egberts.

Royal Grolsch took a number of actions including changing its deliveries to coincide with times when the roads are quietest, typically at night. This has helped to reduce emissions by almost 22%.

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Lighter tops for Grolsch bottles

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Famous for minimising its impact on the environment, Royal Grolsch is continuously making efforts to design sustainable, lightweight packaging, to reuse bottles and to encourage recycling.

In October 2012, the company changed its iconic swing-top bottle for a lighter version for all its returnable bottles. The new bottles are 17% lighter and contain 19% less steel, saving over 100 tonnes of steel a year and also cutting transport costs.