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ZERO water waste

Water is essential to society, and to making beer. However, today it is not managed optimally in too many areas of the world, and water scarcity is a major concern.

Our vision for a better tomorrow is a world in which zero water is wasted.

In pursuit of this vision, we have developed targets to cut down on water usage at our breweries, and will form partnerships to safeguard shared water resources in high-risk areas.

 

Our targets

2030

2022

  • 50% reduction in water usage at our breweries
  • Partner to safeguard shared water resources in high-risk areas
  • 25% reduction in water usage at our breweries
  • Explore going below 2.0 hl/hl at all high-risk breweries
  • Partner to safeguard shared water resources in high-risk areas 

Cutting our water usage

It is impossible to brew beer without water. We aim to use this valuable resource as efficiently as possible and target a 50% reduction in water usage at our breweries by 2030. 

This will take our water consumption from a 2015 baseline of 3.4hl/hl to an industry leading 1.7hl/hl. Achieving this target will save the equivalent of 8112 Olympic-sized swimming pools every year.

Our approach is to conserve all the water that is not actually in our products, to use it efficiently and clean it after use — thereby enabling either re-use in our breweries, use by other industries e.g. farming, or safe return to the natural environment.

Safeguarding shared water resources in high-risk areas

Aware that water scarcity is a pressing problem for many communities around the world, we worked with WWF to identify the high-risk areas in which the Carlsberg Group operates.

Of the 86 majority-owned sites assessed by WWF, 15 emerged as high risk. These are located in India, Nepal, China and Vietnam. 

As part of Together Towards ZERO, we commit to forming partnerships aimed at safeguarding shared water resources in high-risk areas close to selected breweries.