Heineken reports strong progress for its sustainability targets for 2015 with its reduction in energy and water consumption resulting in savings of €75m (£54.3m).

The company has said it is a year ahead of some of its goals having reduced water usage across the company’s 160 breweries to 3.9hl of water per hectolitre of beer.

The group has reduced Co2 emissions by 30% in its production methods since 2008 and has 20% of its electricity supplied from renewable sources.

The group set the goal to reduce water usage to less than 4hl per hl of beer produced by the end of 2015 but having achieved this in 2014 it has now set a challenge to reduce this further to 3.5hl of water per hectolitre of beer.

Since 2008 Heineken has reduced its carbon emissions in production by 30% and increased use of renewably sourced energies to approximately 20%. Alongside CO2 reduction in production, the installation of more energy efficient and environmentally friendly fridges across the world achieved a reduction of 155 million kWh – saving customers approximately €20m.

The brewer said: “One of the largest sustainability schemes this year was the installation of over 4,000 solar panels at the John Smith’s brewery in Tadcaster, making it the UK’s largest solar-powered brewery. Breweries in Da Nang, Vietnam and Araquara, Brazil have now transferred to biomass as part of the approach to decreasing reliance on fossil fuels.”

Commenting on the results, Sean O’Neill, Heineken’s chief corporate relations officer said: “Around the world 81,000 of our colleagues are engaged every day in building a successful, sustainable and responsible business. Our strong 2014 financial results coupled with the positive delivery of our Brewing a Better World commitments demonstrate that sustainability is increasingly integrated within our approach to doing business.”

The company has increased its marketing efforts aimed at raising awareness of binge drinking by launching a Dance More Drink Slow campaign in 44 markets. Heineken has committed to commitment to invest at least 10% of its media budget in its key markets on dedicated responsibility initiatives.