Meet Carlsberg’s first carbon neutral brewery

Carlsberg’s Swedish brewery has zero carbon emissions from its energy consumption.

The Falkenberg-based brewery is now completely powered by biogas and green electricity, reducing its carbon emissions from thermal energy and electricity to zero.

Some 26% of the brewery’s thermal energy comes from biogas generated from its own wastewater.

Carlsberg has worked with energy supplier Ørsted AB to convert the other 74% – natural gas – to biogas, with “certificates ensuring that the biogas supplied to the grid has replaced an equivalent amount of natural gas,” the firm says.

The move is part of Carlsberg Group’s sustainability programme – Together Towards Zero – launched earlier in the year.

As part of its ambition to cut its carbon footprint to zero, Carlsberg aims to

eliminate carbon emissions from all breweries and reduce its beer-in-hand carbon footprint by 30% by 2030.

In order to achieve this, Carlsberg Group’s breweries will use 100% renewable electricity and stop using coal as energy by 2022.

"For many, many years we have been working to create a more efficient brewery with as little impact on our environment as possible,” says Ted Akiskalos, MD Carlsberg Sverige. “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.”

Carlsberg says it will use the best option for sourcing sustainable energy depending on the market, including using solar panels and buying renewable energy where possible. The group also has a 1.5 degree ambition as part of the Science-Based Targets initiative.