Carlsberg has delivered reductions of 6% in its energy consumption, 14% in its CO2 emissions and a further 6% in its water consumption, according to the Danish brewer’s latest sustainability report.
For every hectolitre that the brewer produces, its water usage was down to 3.2 hectolitres, its energy consumption was reduced to 27.7kWh, and its carbon emissions fell on last year to 6.3kg of CO2.
And 17% of the group’s energy consumption now comes from renewable sources such as biomass, solar power and certificates with guarantees of origin. The beer maker has also inaugurated a solar panel installation at its facility in Dali, China that is the fourth largest brewery installation of its kind in the world.
“In 2016, we continued our efforts to improve our sustainability performance by further reducing energy consumption, CO2 emissions and water usage,” explained Carlsberg Group sustainability director Simon Boas Hoffmeyer. “We’re pleased that all three areas delivered progress faster than anticipated, and we are now taking our sustainability efforts even further as part of our group strategy, SAIL’22.”
The corporate strategy, unveiled in the past year, will focus on improving Carlsberg’s standing by strengthening its core business, positioning itself for further growth and driving value for the company’s shareholders.
Carlsberg CEO Cees ‘t Hart said: “Sustainability is a subject close to my heart. It is also central to the Carlsberg Group’s purpose ‘to brew for a better today and tomorrow’. In 2016, we embedded sustainability in our new group strategy, SAIL’22, as part of our aim to create a winning culture throughout our business.
“We made investments in a range of sustainability programmes in 2016, and I look forward to seeing these come to fruition in 2017. They include developments in sustainable packaging and in technologies to reduce our use of water and increase our use of renewable energy.
“I am confident that the course we have set puts us in a strong position to continue brewing probably the best beers in the world, and to make the Carlsberg Group an even more attractive company for shareholders, employees and society.”
The Copenhagen-based company posted 2% organic growth in its full-year results for 2016 earlier this month, seeing net revenue rise to $9bn with Carlsberg brand volume growing 5% and Tuborg up 9%.
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