The Carlsberg Group’s programme – Together Towards ZERO – includes the exclusive use of renewable electricity at its breweries by 2022.
The project comprises four major goals – ZERO carbon footprint, ZERO water waste, ZERO irresponsible drinking and a ZERO accidents culture.
Developed in partnership with leading global experts using a science- based approach, it is aligned with the UN Sustainable Development Goals and aims to deliver emission reductions that go beyond the base level of ambition set out in the Paris Agreement on climate change.
Carlsberg has joined forces with Carbon Trust, the independent not-for-profit expert, to set science-based targets for emission reductions at a level that would contribute to limiting global warming to 1.5°C.
New targets also include offering 100 per cent distribution of alcohol-free beer by 2022 and providing responsible drinking messaging and nutritional information to encourage responsible consumption.
The group is also working across its organisation to prevent accidents and build a ZERO accidents culture.
Cees ‘t Hart, CEO of the Carlsberg Group, said: “Global challenges such as climate change and water scarcity require strong collective action, and with Together Towards ZERO we’re setting new industry standards for science-based and partnership-driven sustainability as part of our SAIL’22 strategy.
“We’re committed to delivering zero carbon emissions and halving water usage at our breweries by 2030. As a first action, we’ll switch to 100 per cent renewable electricity by 2022 and cooperate with partners to protect shared water resources in selected water-scarce areas. I’m certain that in achieving our targets we’ll create efficiency improvements, risk reduction and a more resilient business that exists in harmony with local communities and the environment.”
Tom Delay, Chief Executive of the Carbon Trust, said: “Carlsberg has taken a genuine leadership position on some of the most critical environmental issues the world currently faces, by developing an ambitious long-term business strategy that focuses on delivering a sustainable future.”