Carlsberg Makes Progress on Carbon Emission Reduction, Asia Leads

The latest assessment of Carlsberg Group’s (Carlsberg), value chain carbon emissions confirms that the brewer has exceeded its 2022 target for reducing carbon emissions across the full value chain. Having targeted a 15% reduction versus 2015, it has since delivered a 16% reduction.

Lower-carbon solutions in the malting processes, elimination of coal at Carlsberg’s breweries, lower-carbon packaging, and reduced energy consumption by fridges at bars and restaurants are some of the main drivers that have enabled Carlsberg to cut carbon emissions across the entire value chain between 2015 and 2022.

Carlsberg confirmed 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 was conducted in partnership with the independent consultancy Carbon Trust.

Across the brewers’ global operations Asia saw the biggest reduction. In Asia, relative emissions were reduced by 21%, while in Western Europe relative emissions were reduced by 17%, and in Central and Eastern Europe, relative emissions were reduced by 12%.

Across the Full Value Chain

All major steps of Carlsberg’s value chain contribute to the emissions reduction, within agriculture and processing Carlsberg saw a 17% reduction, where lower-carbon solutions in malting processes have been a major progress driver, while increased usage of rice and sugars added carbon intensity.

At the breweries a 41% reduction was achieved, driven by the elimination of coal, increased energy efficiency and use of renewable electricity, and innovative solutions – such as the extraction of biogas from on-site wastewater treatment plants, enabling brewery operations to use thermal energy that is renewable and circular.

Packaging emissions have been reduced by 8%, driven by cuts to carbon intensity across all packaging types and improved recycling rates for PET bottles and aluminium cans; progress has been counteracted by the increased shared of cans in the overall packaging mix – thereby eroding the share held by reusable glass bottles which are comparably less carbon-intensive.

Distribution emissions have been reduced by 4%, driven primarily by efficiency improvements, and supported by marginal improvements from electrification and reduced business travel.

Finally, emissions from cooling have been reduced by 19%, achieved with cuts to energy consumption by fridges and beer dispensing equipment through, for example, the use of energy management devices and the decarbonisation of electricity grid mixes.

“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,” said Jacob Aarup-Andersen, CEO of Carlsberg Group.