Carlsberg is actively contributing to the New York Climate Week, sharing experiences and insights on how to leverage science and partnerships in reaching the Sustainable Development Goals. Furthermore, the Group presents its latest sustainable packaging innovation – the Snap Pack – at a reception with HRH Crown Princess Mary, the Danish Prime Minister and high level stakeholders from around the world.
Chairman of Carlsberg Group and the Carlsberg Foundation, Professor Flemming Besenbacher, shares his insights into the importance of science and partnerships in delivering on the SDGs at a session about Science Based Targets during the World Economic Forum’s Sustainable Development Summit in New York.
“Our founders believed we should always pursue perfection through science. That is in our DNA, and it was at Carlsberg that pure yeast was first cultivated and the pH scale invented. We still believe science is key to solving today’s global challenges. Science, innovation and partnerships are vital to reaching the SDGs by 2030,” says Professor Flemming Besenbacher.
Carlsberg Group has worked with the Carbon Trust to set so-called Science Based Targets that ensure the company’s activities do not contribute to global warming of +1.5 degrees. The Group has committed to eliminating carbon emissions and halving water usage at its breweries by 2030 as part of its ambitious Together Towards ZERO sustainability programme.
Together Towards ZERO is tailored to the SDGs, and it is an integral part of Carlsberg Group’s SAIL’22 strategy. It 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.
At an event hosted by Her Royal Highness, Crown Princess Mary of Denmark and the Danish Prime Minister, Lars Løkke Rasmussen, during the NY Climate Week, Carlsberg showcased its lates sustainability innovation – the Snap Pack, which eliminates the traditional plastic around multipack and instead glues the cans together. This innovative new technology can save as much as 76% of the plastic in multipacks. For Carlsberg this means a saving of up to 1200 tons of plastic - or the equivalent of 60 million plastic bags. The Danish Prime Minister used Carlsberg Group’s newest innovation as a concrete example of improvements that offer benefits for consumers and the environment.