SWEDEN – Carlsberg Sverige has managed to reduce its carbon emissions to zero from its energy sources by utilising 100% biogas and green electricity at its Swedish Falkenberg brewery.

The brewery has reduced its carbon emissions from thermal energy and electricity to zero through an initiative that has targeted the elimination of ozone depleting energy sources.

According to the company, the brewery has been using green electricity for many years, with 26% of the thermal energy coming from biogas generated from the brewery’s own waste water.

The remaining 74% have so far been natural gas, which has now, in cooperation with energy supplier Ørsted AB, been converted to biogas with certificates ensuring that the biogas supplied to the grid has replaced an equivalent amount of natural gas.

“For many, many years we have been working to create a more efficient brewery with as little impact on our environment as possible.

This is clear when looking at how much we have reduced our energy consumption over the years.

It is motivating that we now take a big step forward and use solely carbon neutral energy sources”, says Ted Akiskalos, MD Carlsberg Sverige.

Carlsberg Group launched a new sustainability programme dubbed Together Towards Zero, where one of its four ambitions “Zero Carbon Footprint” is a targeted at eliminating carbon emissions from all its breweries and achieving a 30% reduction in the beer-in-hand carbon footprint by 2030.

To achieve the ambitious targets, Carlsberg Group’s breweries will use 100% renewable electricity and eliminate coal as a source of energy by 2022.

As part of its Together Towards Zero programme, Carlsberg Group has said it will rely on the best available options for developing and sourcing sustainable energy, including the establishment of solar panels and purchasing renewable energy where possible.

According to the company, in Sweden, the well-functioning infrastructure and availability of biogas from the grid makes it possible to convert to fully renewable sources by buying green energy, while other solutions will be deployed for markets where this is not an option.

“Our work with Carlsberg has explored the range of options they will need to adopt in the coming years to evolve to a zero carbon brewer.

This will include adoption of innovative energy efficiency technologies, own renewable electricity and heat, as well as sourcing of renewable energy, such as biogas.

Seeing this first Carlsberg brewery make this transition so soon is very encouraging and should be seen as a demonstration of how industries can embrace new technologies to mitigate climate change”, says Tom Delay, Chief Executive of the Carbon Trust.

“Climate change is perhaps the most important issue for our society today, both for citizens, governments and companies all over the world, and we are very pleased with the positive development in Carlsberg Sverige.

This underlines our willingness to contribute to tackling climate change at the same time as governments are focusing on scaling and speeding up impact at the COP23 in Bonn these weeks.

Carlsberg Group will continue to chase our ambitions and targets, as we strive to brew for a better today and tomorrow”, says Simon Boas Hoffmeyer, Sustainability Director, Carlsberg Group.