The latest assessment of Carlsberg Group’s value chain carbon emissions confirms that Carlsberg has exceeded its 2022 target for reducing carbon emissions across the full value chain, from growing barley in the field to recycling of bottles and cans. Having targeted a 15% reduction versus 2015, it has since delivered a 16% reduction.
Lower-carbon solutions in malting processes. Elimination of coal at Carlsberg's breweries. Lower-carbon packaging. Reduced energy consumption by fridges at bars and restaurants. These are some of the main drivers that have enabled Carlsberg Group to cut carbon emissions across the entire value chain between 2015 and 2022. Now, Carlsberg Group can confirm that it has achieved a 16% reduction in relative value chain emissions per hectolitre of beer produced (kg CO2e/hl) after finalising the new assessment which has been conducted in partnership with the independent consultancy Carbon Trust.
Jacob Aarup-Andersen, CEO of Carlsberg Group, says:
"I am very pleased to see that Carlsberg is delivering on its commitments to cut carbon emissions. As the incoming CEO my ambition is to drive progress and with these solid results at the 2022 milestone, we are starting with a strong foot forward as we continue the decarbonisation journey towards 2030 and 2040. We still have a long way to go, especially in areas such as agriculture and packaging – within which we have committed to specific targets more recently. Delivering on these new targets is not going to be easy, but our success thus far gives me great confidence in our ability to follow through with concrete actions and results."
In absolute terms, the Carlsberg Group emits roughly 5.5 million tonnes of carbon (CO2e) through its entire value chain, and this absolute total has remained stable since 2015 (with a slight absolute reduction) while the business continued to grow. In relative terms the Carlsberg reduced emissions from 60 kg CO2e/hl in 2015 to 50 kg CO2e/hl in 2022.
Gaining momentum towards ZERO
All major steps of Carlsberg Group’s value chain contribute to the emissions reduction. Within agriculture and processing a 17% reduction has been achieved. At Carlsberg's breweries a 41% reduction has been achieved, and within packaging, distribution and cooling emissions have been reduced by 8%, 4%, and 19% respectively.
Victor Shevtsov, EVP Integrated Supply Chain, says:
"I am very proud of the progress we have made towards a ZERO Carbon Footprint by reducing our emissions in line with our promises. When we launched our Together Towards ZERO programme in 2017, we were among the first to introduce science-based climate targets aligned with the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. Fast forward to just a few years later, and we are now part of a greater movement of companies that have set ambitious targets to decarbonise their operations and their value chains. I am thrilled to see colleagues and suppliers reducing our joint impact every day – we are gaining momentum towards ZERO, together with our value chain partners and industry peers."
Carlsberg Group has achieved relative emissions reductions in all regions. In Asia relative emissions were reduced by 21%, in Western Europe relative emissions were reduced by 17%, and in Central and Eastern Europe relative emissions were reduced by 12%.
Facts and figures
Overview: Emissions reductions across the value chain
Overview: Current value chain emissions across value chain
Overview: Emission reductions in Carlsberg’s main regions
Completing the status on the Together Towards ZERO targets
Carlsberg closes off all 2022 targets and has a holistic view of its performance towards a ZERO Carbon Footprint between 2015-2022, where it has:
About Carlsberg Group
Established in 1847 by brewer J.C. Jacobsen, the Carlsberg Group is one of the leading brewery groups in the world, with products sold in 150 markets. The Group’s beer portfolio spans both local and international premium brands, including Carlsberg, Tuborg, 1664 Blanc and Grimbergen, strong local power brands and alcohol-free brews.
In addition, its portfolio of other beverages includes both alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages such as ciders, including Somersby, soft drinks and energy drinks.
The Group’s purpose is brewing for a better today and tomorrow. Doing business responsibly and sustainably supports that purpose – and drives the efforts to deliver value for shareholders and society. Carlsberg is listed on Nasdaq Copenhagen.
Working Towards a ZERO Carbon Footprint
The Group’s ZERO Carbon Footprint ambition is an area of focus in Carlsberg Group’s Together Towards ZERO and Beyond programme. Global targets are set to drive down carbon emissions across the value chain to achieve net ZERO by 2040. As it works towards this milestone, the Group is striving for ZERO carbon emissions at its breweries and for all renewable electricity to come from new assets (e.g., through power purchase agreements) by 2030. More information on the Group’s ESG approach and performance can be found in its latest ESG Report.
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