Carlsberg cuts coal at nine breweries

Danish beer giant Carlsberg is taking concrete steps towards eliminating coal by 2022. Last year it stopped using coal at nine breweries in China and also converted its Falkenberg brewery to 100 per cent biogas and green electricity.

Carlsberg is making good progress towards its sustainability programme, Together Towards ZERO.

Launched just last year, the strategy consists of four major ambitions – ZERO carbon footprint, ZERO water waste, ZERO irresponsible drinking, and ZERO accidents culture – each with individual targets for 2022 and 2030 respectively.

The strategy is aligned with the UN Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Agreement’s more ambitious goal of limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius.

According to a company statement, its overall ZERO carbon footprint ambition is already delivering tangible results. Last year, Carlsberg stopped using coal at nine breweries in China, and converted its Falkenberg brewery into the company’s first carbon-neutral brewery with the help of biogas and green electricity.

Overall, it reduced its global brewery carbon emissions by 16 per cent compared to 2015, and 46 per cent of the company’s electricity now comes from renewable sources.

With respect to water waste, the company is on its way to halving water usage at its breweries by 2030. So far, the combined efforts of all Carlsberg breweries have resulted in a 6 per cent reduction in water use since 2015. The company also aims to make an impact outside its breweries by protecting shared water resources.

“2017 was an important year for the Carlsberg Group with the launch of our new sustainability programme and our most ambitious targets to date,” said Carlsberg CEO Cees ‘t Hart, adding that the company is increasing its efficiency and building resilience in its supply chain in the process.

Image credit: Carlsberg

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