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Grolsch adjusts energy saving goal from 20% to 35% (Translation)

1 September 2011

- Grolsch saved 7.5% in energy use in the past year -

Enschede, August 31, 2011 - In the past year, beer brewer Grolsch has managed to save an impressive 7.5% on its total energy consumption - electricity and gas. This is remarkable, because in the previous year it also managed to save 8.5% in energy consumption. The results are such that Grolsch chooses to adjust its energy saving goals from 20% to almost 35% in 2015. The total energy saving during last year was 8.61 MJ per hectolitre of beer. These savings equal the average annual usage of approximately 275 households. Today, Grolsch published its Sustainable & Responsible Business results of last year. The report, which contains more details about the different result areas, can be found at

Brewing beer costs energy; not just the brewing process, but also the transportation of the beer, the manufacturing of bottles and the cooling of the end product. To protect the environment, Grolsch tries to reduce its energy consumption even more. This is done by energy efficient investments. In this manner, Grolsch saves money and means, and reduces the emission of greenhouse gasses. In 2015, Grolsch wants to reduce its energy consumption by almost 35 percent compared to 2005.

Specific savings projects
Grolsch has managed to reduce its energy consumption in the past year with a few specific projects. In this manner, the brewery was able to limit the heat loss in the brewery by reusing warm water, lowering the water temperature in certain parts of the process and improved isolation. By making the ventilation in the brewery and offices more efficient, Grolsch saved 10 percent in electricity. In addition, the reduction of the pressure in the steam boilers resulted in an energy saving that also led to an increase in efficiency of the boilers of about 1 percent.

Four spearheads
In order to be able to do business in a sustainable and responsible manner, Grolsch uses the sustainability strategy ‘Ten Priorities. One Future.' by its parent company SABMiller. In doing so, Grolsch has chosen four spearheads. In addition to reducing its energy consumption and emission of carbon dioxides, Grolsch also promotes responsible use of alcohol, the reduction of water usage and the reduction and recycling of packaging. In the results that Grolsch published today, the developments of last year can be found for each of the spearheads.
Editorial information
For more information and/or visual material, please contact:

Royal Grolsch N.V.
Helen ter Huurne
Department of Corporate Affairs
Tel: 053 - 48 33 407

About Grolsch
Royal Grolsch N.V. is a company with a history that dates back to 1615. This makes Grolsch one of the oldest and most successful breweries in the Netherlands. Grolsch is active in the Dutch market as well as in a large number of international beverage markets. Grolsch holds a premium world position in which unique Grolsch values such as taste, top quality, tradition, aspiration, authenticity, uniqueness and shared enjoyment are central themes. Since 2004, Grolsch has been based at a modern brewery complex in Enschede. Since February 12th, 2008, Grolsch has been a subsidiary of SABMiller plc.

This SABMiller subsidiary news release has been translated from its local market language to English language for publication on We have attempted to provide an accurate translation of the original material but due to the difficulties of translation slight differences may exist.

Note, the news release was first published in its local market on [31/08/2011].

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