The Carlsberg Group has committed to eliminating carbon emissions and halving water usage at its breweries by 2030 as part of its new sustainability programme: Together Towards ZERO. An intermediate step includes the exclusive use of renewable electricity at its breweries by 2022.
Together Towards ZERO is the company's response to increasing consumer demand for sustainable products in a time of global challenges such as climate change, water scarcity and public health issues.
The programme is an integral part of the Carlsberg Group's SAIL'22 strategy and consists of four major ambitions: ZERO carbon footprint, ZERO water waste, ZERO irresponsible drinking and a ZERO accidents culture, each with individual and measurable targets.
Together Towards ZERO is aligned with the UN Sustainable Development Goals and sets out to deliver emission reductions that go beyond the base level of ambition set out in the Paris Agreement on climate change.
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% renewable electricity by 2022 and co-operate 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, added: "Just getting better is no longer good enough. Carlsberg's ambitions go above and beyond the levels of carbon reduction that science tells us are necessary to keep global warming below 2ºC. 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."