Sustainability

How we care for
people and the environment

We firmly believe everyone should contribute to a smaller ecological footprint. We do this by efficiently reducing our environmental impact and the use of raw materials and energy. As such, we also strive for a better future.

Water treatment

On our site in Emelgem, we have our own installation that treats wastewater to the quality of surface water. Once the water meets the discharge standards, it may be discharged in the stream directly behind the brewery. The installation purifies up to 1,700 cubic meters of water every week.

Animal feed

We possess the FCA (Feed Chain Alliance) certification, which means that we can legally distribute spent grains and excess yeast. Dairy farmers ensilage the spent grain or give it directly to the animals. Yeast contains a lot of vitamins and can therefore be used as pig feed.

Recyclable cans

Nobody can deny that Mother Nature is in favor of canned beer because cans are fully recyclable. They are also easier to stack than bottles, allowing for larger quantities to be transported by truck at once. Another advantage is that canned beer cools down much faster than bottled beer. The can doesn’t need to be refrigerated for hours, which results in lower energy consumption. In a nutshell, good for your energy bills and in the long term also better for the environment.

Social projects

Kasteel Brouwerij Vanhonsebrouck is also committed to charity. In 2018 we organized the Filou Run for the first time to support the ME TO YOU foundation. Participants ran through the brewing hall, the tank hall, the bottling plant and the storage facilities. The proceeds of the contest went entirely to ME TO YOU, which supports various research projects to combat leukemia and other bone marrow and blood disorders. We announced the proceeds of the first Filou Run during the annual charity event “De Warmste Week” (“the Warmest Week”) of the Belgian radio station Studio Brussels. In the years ahead, we want to equal the success of the first Filou Run.

Heat recovery

In the brewing room we recover the vapor from the wort boiling process in a water tank. This water is evaporated from 167 degrees Fahrenheit to 203 degrees Fahrenheit. A heat exchanger is used to cool down the wort again. The wort cools down to 68 degrees Fahrenheit and releases the remaining 176 degrees Fahrenheit into the water. This water is reused for the brewing process. As a result, no hot water goes to waste.

Trainings

Our employees enjoy regular training on occupational safety, health, psychosocial aspects, ergonomics, work hygiene, the beautification of the workplace and the environment with a view to a better work-life balance. In addition, we organize other training sessions whenever there is a demand or need for them. In this way we want to create a pleasant and responsible working environment for all our employees.