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Brewer Carlsberg Nears Its Sustainability Targets

Carlsberg has reported 'solid progress' toward its sustainability goals, the brewer said in a statement.

The Carlsberg Group's 'Together Towards ZERO' programme's sustainability targets are aimed at reducing the company’s carbon emissions.

Renewable Energy

In 2019, the group reported a 30% reduction in relative carbon emissions at its breweries since 2015 (13% since 2018), acquiring 56% of its electricity from renewable sources, with five carbon-neutral sites running entirely on renewable energy.

The company reported relative carbon reductions of 30% and absolute carbon reductions of 25% at its breweries since 2015.

Electric Deliveries

Shifting its focusing to electric deliveries in 2020, 20 fully electric 26-tonne trucks are to be delivered to Carlsberg’s Swiss company, Feldschlösschen.

Water Efficiency

The group delivered a 12% reduction in relative water consumption since 2015 and announced an investment in a total water-recycling plant at its Fredericia brewery in Denmark.

The project, which was initiated through a public-private partnership, seeks to reduce the average water consumption at the brewery from 2.9 hl of water per hl of beer to 1.4 hl/hl and cut energy consumption by an estimated 10%.

Packaging Innovation

The company has renewed its focus on the development of innovative packaging solutions with a roll-out of the plastic-reducing Snap Pack multipack solution, recycled shrink film and the group’s first 100% recycled PET bottle.

Two research prototypes of the world’s first 'paper' beer bottle – the Green Fibre Bottle – were recently unveiled in partnership with Paboco (the paper bottle company).

Commenting on the company’s progress, Carlsberg Group CEO Cees 't Hart said, “I’m proud of what we’ve achieved since launching Together Towards ZERO."

He added, "Collaboration will become even more important as we approach our 2030 ambitions.”

© 2020 European Supermarket Magazine – your source for the latest retail news. Article by Elizabeth Schroeder. Click subscribe to sign up to ESM: European Supermarket Magazine.

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