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Our actions towards ZERO

Read case stories from around the world and find out what we’re doing to achieve our ZERO ambitions.

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Carbon-neutral brewing in Finland

Sinebrychoff in Finland is the oldest brewery in the Nordic countries and our latest to achieve carbon neutrality. It is the first of the large Finnish breweries to accomplish this milestone and also the world’s first carbon-neutral bottler of Coca-Cola.

Launching glass bottles with up to 90% lower carbon impact

A partnership with glass bottle supplier, Encirc, could take us a step closer to ZERO carbon footprint, with a trial demonstrating the possibility to cut the carbon impact of glass bottles by up to 90%.

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Kayaking to clean the oceans

GreenKayak is an environmental NGO that engages volunteers in the fight against environmental pollution while kayaking. We have proudly sponsored fleets in three countries, starting in 2018.

Snap. An innovation to reduce plastic

We’re constantly trying to make everything about our beers better. Snap Pack is one of the results. It replaces shrink wrap and plastic rings on multipacks, cutting both our plastic usage and carbon emissions.

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Increasing availability of alcohol-free beer

Our brands around the world are launching AFB variants of their popular beers to meet rising demand. In 2021, our AFB sales volume surged by a further 17%. Since 2015, our AFB sales have increased with 114% with all of our international premium beers and a third of all our brands now offering an alcohol-free option.

First heavy-duty electric trucks

In 2021, we introduced a fleet of 20 electric delivery trucks in Switzerland – the largest in the country. Renault report that this is their first contract on this scale in Europe, demonstrating that electric trucks are a commercial and operational reality. It was the result of investigations into alternatives to diesel for our fleets of trucks, to cut the carbon emissions of delivering our beer.

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Improving water quality and access in Vietnam

Brewed and bottled in central Vietnam for 30 years, our popular Huda brand is deeply rooted in its local communities.

In 2021, the Huda brand launched five additional projects focused on securing and stabilising community water sources. Together with the projects run over the previous two years, these will provide around 27,000 people with access to clean water.

Green Fiber Bottle. One step closer.

Reducing our beer-in-hand carbon footprint means innovating across our packaging portfolio. And innovations are best achieved in partnership with other experts. The paper bottle company, Paboco, is helping us achieve breakthroughs in our Green Fibre Bottle project, developing the world’s first 100% bio-based beer bottle made from sustainably sourced wood fibres.

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Discouraging drink-driving with discounted rides in Malaysia

Our team in Malaysia is supporting government efforts to change consumer mindsets and behaviour, discouraging drink driving.

Halving water usage at Fredericia brewery

At our Fredericia brewery, Denmark, we are constructing a state-of-the-art water-recycling plant to reuse 90% of process wastewater – a result of a public-private partnership with DRIP. It will provide learnings for our breweries around the world.

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Promoting sustainable agriculture through crop innovation

Scientists at the Carlsberg Research Laboratory in Copenhagen have been exploring the boundaries of crop science and perfecting the art of brewing since 1876. Today, they are turning their attention to sustainable agriculture to reduce climate risks in our supply chain. 

Alcohol-free beer on tap

People are increasingly looking for great-tasting alcohol-free brews (AFB) as a positive choice. In 2019, we saw a 7% volume growth of our AFBs, with our brands now available in 69 markets. We couldn’t have achieved this without our partners.

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From Super Bock to Super Doc

During Covid-19, our teams around the world found ways to thank healthcare workers, support hospitality and their local communities, including Super Bock Group – a Carlsberg joint venture in Portugal.

Making contaminated water drinkable in India

We’re working with Desolenator to bring clean water to a town in West Bengal, protecting the resources we share.

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Partnering to shrink our shared footprint

With 87% of our value chain carbon footprint outside our operations and direct control, partnering is key to reducing our beer-in-hand emissions.