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Together Towards ZERO

Together Towards ZERO is our ambitious sustainability programme, expressing our vision for a better tomorrow at a time of serious challenges such as climate change, water scarcity and public health concerns. It consists of four ambitions: ZERO carbon footprint, ZERO water waste, ZERO irresponsible drinking and a ZERO accidents culture. Each of these is underpinned by individual and measurable targets, leading up to 2022 and 2030.

Our actions towards ZERO

Snap Pack. An innovation to reduce plastic

Snap Pack. An innovation to reduce plastic

We’re constantly trying to make everything about our beers even better. Snap Pack is one of the results. A world first for the beer industry, this innovation took us three years to develop together with our partners.

Major efficiency gains in China

Major efficiency gains in China

Since 2015, thermal energy efficiency improved by more than 29%, electricity by almost 11% , resulting in a strong 37% reduction in relative carbon emissions. Further, the relative water consumption was reduced by 15%.

Stopping underage beer sales in Ukraine

Stopping underage beer sales in Ukraine

Our beers are made for consumption above the legal drinking age, so we're working hard to prevent sales to younger people.

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Innovative partnerships

We firmly believe in the power of innovative partnerships to deliver change. And in the coming years, collaboration will be more crucial than ever, as we seek to develop and deploy new solutions together with our partners.

We have deliberately set challenging targets with a view to increasing the pace of innovation and stimulating creativity along the value chain. Through collaborative action, we hope to create a virtuous circle of improvements within our business and among our suppliers and business partners.

Together, we can make it happen.

Cynthia Cummis, Sector Climate Mitigation, World Resources Institute, said:

"We must act quickly and work  together to protect communities across the globe from a rapidly changing climate. In setting ambitious climate targets aligned with the best science, Carlsberg has taken an important step in the right direction. They are setting an example that others must follow and giving policymakers confidence to do more.”

Our ambitions and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

The UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are a call for governments, civil society, businesses and the general public to act to end poverty, fight inequality and tackle climate change.

Being interconnected, all the goals are important, but we focus our efforts on those where we can have the most impact. Based on our 2016 materiality assessment, we identified the 14 most relevant targets in 7 SDGs - 3, 6, 7, 8, 12, 13 and 17.

MOST MATERIAL SDGS AND TARGETS

 
 

7.2

By 2030, increase substantially the share of renewable energy in the global energy mix.

7.3 

By 2030, double the global rate of improvement in energy efficiency.

13.1 

Strenghten resilience and adaptive capacity to climate-related hazards and natural disasters.

13.3 

Improve education, awareness-raising and capacity on climate change mitigation, adaptation, impact reduction and early warning

 

 
 

6.4 

By 2030, substantially increase water-use efficiency and ensure sustainable withdrawals and supply of freshwater to address water scarity.

6.5

By 2030, implement integrated water resource management at all levels.

 

 
 

3.5 

Strengthen the prevention and treatment of substance abuse, including harmful use of alcohol.

3.6 

By 2020, halve the number of global deaths and injuries from road traffic accidents.

 

 
 

8.8 

Protect labour rights and promote safe and secure working environments for all workers.

 

SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS THAT CUT ACROSS OUR OPERATIONS

12.2 

By 2030, achieve the sustainable management and efficient use of natural resources.

12.5 

By 2030, substantially reduce waste generation through prevention, reduction, recycling and reuse.

12.6

Encourage companies, especially large and transnational companies, to adopt sustainable practices and to integrate sustainability information into their reporting cycle.

12.9 

Support developing countries to strengthen their scientific and technological capacity to move towards more sustainable patterns of consumption and production.

17.16 

Enhance the global partnership for sustainable development, complemented by multi-stakeholder partnerships.

17.7 

Encourage and promote effective public, public-private and civil society partnerships.

Carlsberg Young Scientists Community

In 2018, we hired a group of postdoctoral researchers to join the Carlsberg Young Scientists Community. This community of creative, innovative and forward thinking young scientists from around the world is tasked with helping us find or develop relevant technologies and ways to apply them in our business. Its work will be crucial to the attainment of our targets of ZERO carbon footprint and ZERO water waste.