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Carlsberg’s new climate commitments

Carlsberg has committed to achieve net-zero by 2040, increase the share of its low- and no-alcohol drinks to 35% by 2030 and deliver ‘zero packaging waste’ by the end of the decade.

The targets are among a range of new commitments set out in the brewer’s new environmental, social and governance strategy called ‘Together towards zero and beyond’ (TTZAB).

The net-zero commitment, which is aligned with the science-based targets initiative, covers emissions right across its value chain, the company said. By 2030, breweries will be zero carbon while the ‘beer-in-hand carbon footprint’ (which covers emissions from farms to retail refrigeration) will have been cut by 30%.

A number of carbon targets have also been set for the end of this year, including a 50% reduction in emissions from breweries, a 15% reduction in the beer-in-hand carbon footprint and sourcing of 100% renewable electricity.

Carlsberg has also promised a ‘zero farming footprint’. By 2030, 30% of the raw materials it uses will come from regenerative farming practices and be ‘sustainably sourced’, rising to 100% by 2040. The company also has targets to improve water efficiency – especially at breweries in ‘high risk areas’ – and ensure alcohol-free beers are available in every market.

On packaging, the plan is to use only recyclable, reusable or renewable packaging by 2030, and cut consumption of virgin fossil-based plastic in half. Bottles and cans will also include at least 50% recycled content by 2030.