Carlsberg hopes to brew net zero operations and supply chain by 2040

The brewing giant is also aiming to achieve a zero packaging waste and zero farming footprint

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Carlsberg Group has made a commitment to achieve net zero carbon emissions across its operations and the entire value chain by 2040.

It is part of the beer giant’s new environmental, social and governance (ESG) programme, Together Towards ZERO and Beyond (TTZAB), which has laid out a roadmap to achieve its goals.

It is also aiming to achieve a zero packaging waste and zero farming footprint as carbon impacts associated with agriculture and processing of raw materials, as well as the production and disposal of packaging, together currently amount to more than 65% of total beer-in-hand emissions.

Carlsberg intends to implement regenerative agriculture practices, which enhance biodiversity, soil health and natural carbon sequestration on farmlands, alongside circular packaging solutions that enable carbon reductions from growing barley to recycling bottles and cans.

In addition, the brewing giant is targeting a 35% global portfolio share for low alcohol and alcohol-free brews by 2030 and replenishment of 100% of water consumed at breweries located in areas of high water risk by 2030.

The company’s previous TTZ programme delivered a 40% reduction in carbon emissions and a 21% reduction in water use per hectolitre of beer since 2015.

Cees ‘t Hart, CEO of Carlsberg Group said: “TTZAB is an integral part of delivering on our purpose of brewing for a better today and tomorrow. Whilst we remain committed to the focus areas that we established in 2017, we have expanded the programme to include a wider array of ESG topics and to address the societal challenges impacting people and communities where we operate.

“With our new programme, we are building on our existing progress and reaffirming our commitment to the collective action needed to stop the excessive increases in emissions the world is facing. We want to enable consumers to enjoy a great beer while leaving the smallest carbon footprint possible. To do this, we leave no stone unturned, from the grain and water that we brew with, to the recycling of empty bottles and cans once you’ve enjoyed your beer. This is the right thing to do, for our business and society.”