28th November 2017

A cleaner beer from Carlsberg

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Carlsberg has announced its Swedish brewery is running on 100 per cent biogas and clean electricity. Reducing its CO2 emissions to zero means the Danish brewer is now one step closer to achieving its Together Towards Zero goals.

The brewery in Falkenberg, Sweden, has been using renewable energy for years, with 26 per cent of its thermal energy coming from biogas generated by the brewery’s own wastewater. The rest has been natural gas, which is converted to biogas by Ørsted.

Ted Akiskalos, managing director of Carlsberg Sverige, said: “For many, many years we have been working to create a more efficient brewery with as little impact on our environment as possible.

“This is clear when looking at how much we have reduced our energy consumption over the years. It is motivating that we now take a big step forward and use solely carbon-neutral energy sources.”

Carlsberg launched its Together Towards Zero sustainability program, earlier this year, when it pledged to eliminate carbon emissions and cut water usage by half at its breweries across the globe by 2030. The firm is actively working to eliminate the use of coal by transitioning its breweries to 100 per cent renewable energy by 2022.

Simon Boas Hoffmeyer, sustainability director at Carlsberg Group, said: “Climate change is perhaps the most important issue for our society today, both for citizens, governments and companies all over the world and we are very pleased with the positive development in Carlsberg Sverige.

“This underlines our willingness to contribute to tackling climate change at the same time as governments are focusing on scaling and speeding up impact at the COP23 in Bonn these weeks. Carlsberg Group will continue to chase our ambitions and targets, as we strive to brew for a better today and tomorrow.”

Carlsberg has set an industry-leading 1.5 degree Celsius ambition compared to the Paris Agreement’s base-level 2 degree Celsius goal. Carbon Trust has identified the brewer as one of only three major companies to have set and approved targets with this level of ambition.

Tom Delay, CEO of the Carbon Trust, said: “Our work with Carlsberg has explored the range of options they will need to adopt in the coming years to evolve to a zero-carbon brewer. This will include the adoption of innovative energy efficiency technologies, own renewable electricity and heat, as well as sourcing of renewable energy, such as biogas.

“Seeing this first Carlsberg brewery make this transition so soon is very encouraging and should be seen as a demonstration of how industries can embrace new technologies to mitigate climate change.”