We have developed a new variety of barley that reduces the amount of energy and synthetic inputs needed for the malting and brewing processes by achieving the desired flavour with less kilning, evaporation and filtration.
Developed by the Carlsberg Research Laboratory through selective breeding (not genetic modification), the first batch of seed will be ready for sowing in 2022 ahead of a wider roll-out in Western Europe.
As well as using this new barley variety in our own beer, we will also make the variety available to other brewers to extend the environmental benefits beyond our own business.
Scientists from Carlsberg Research Laboratory have, together with other researchers from the International Barley Genome Sequencing Consortium, successfully finalized the genome sequence of barley.
With the evolution of our ESG programme from Together Towards ZERO (TTZ) to Together Towards ZERO and Beyond (TTZAB), we have introduced agriculture as a new ESG focus area. Within this, we have a ZERO Farming Footprint ambition which includes new targets and activities in our upstream value chain, and new milestones towards 2030 and 2040.
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%.