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Carlsberg hops to 6% energy demand reduction as REC purchases swell

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International brewer Carlsberg has recorded a 6% fall in energy consumption while also boosting the amount of renewable energy certificates it purchases.

The company released an update to its sustainability programme – dubbed SAIL’22 – last week which confirmed that it had met a number of targets it established in 2015.

Through the adoption of energy efficiency technologies and initiatives Carlsberg managed to reduce its energy consumption from 29kWh per hectolitre to 27.7kWh/hl, which in turn contributed towards a 14% fall in CO2 emissions.

Carlsberg also reported an increase in the amount of electricity it purchased from renewable sources, up 1.6 percentage points to 17% in 2017.

Predominantly sourced from solar and biomass, the company purchased a total of 374,810MWh of clean electricity throughout 2016, a figure which Carlsberg said was equivalent to the total demand of all its breweries located in Western Europe.

The company has also installed rooftop solar plants on its facilities in India and China to bolster its own renewables generation.

“We're pleased that all three areas delivered progress faster than anticipated, and we are now taking our sustainability efforts even further as part of our Group Strategy,” Simon Boas Hoffmeyer, sustainability director at Carlsberg Group, said.

Carlsberg’s update comes just a week after rival brewery Heineken released its own sustainability report, reporting that a quarter of its electricity demand was now coming from renewable sources.

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