ELIMINATING EMISSIONS AT OUR BREWERY
Our Approach Towards Zero
We updated our Environmental Policy in 2017, which sets the standards and provides guidelines on reducing our carbon footprint for our operations in Malaysia.
The policy and responsibility of the ZERO Carbon footprint lies with the Management team, while our Supply Chain Director and senior management team hold specific implementation responsibilities for our improvement roadmap.
It has been a long-term focus for us to reduce the impact of brewing at our Malaysian brewery, which is ISO-certified according to 14001:2004 benchmarks.
We continue to innovate and find new ways to reduce energy use, packaging efficiency and carbon emissions.
In 2017, our brewery’s heat energy consumption improved to 19.40 kwh/ hl compared with 20.30 kwh/hl in the previous year. During the year, we upgraded the temperature control system and improved oxygen control in boilers, as well as increased share of biogas usage from 11% to 17% as part of the improvement of waste water treatment plant operation.
To reduce electricity use, we took on several initiatives, including:
- Gradually raising ice water temperature from 2°C to 6°C;
- Optimizing the glycol pump operation pressure;
- Automating the opening and closing of air supply to packaging lines during non-production hours to further minimise losses;
- Optimizing air pressure used in spent grain discharge; and
- Continued audit and rectification of air leakages.
As a result, our electricity use was reduced to 9.38 kwh/hl in 2017 from 9.46 kwh/hl in 2016.
The date 25 March 2017 marked the 10th consecutive year our Malaysia operations participated in the Earth Hour 2017 campaign by switching off non-essential lights at our brewery and warehouse in Shah Alam as well as sales offices nationwide for one hour, as a reminder to all of us on the essentials of electricity.
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Rethink (4Rs)
We continued our 4Rs programme in 2017 by encouraging the return of all used bottles, kegs and crates from market to brewery via an incentive scheme. These used bottles are then recycled into new ones.
In 2017, 90% of our total returnable glass bottles were recycled and refilled, reducing the need for new bottles and resources.
NO WATER, NO BEER.
As a responsible brewer, our business is highly dependent on the availability of clean water: No water, no beer!
But clean water supply is becoming a scarcity and so we must treat water with the utmost respect.
Our vision for a better tomorrow is a world in a world with ZERO water wasted.
The Carlsberg Group’s targets for ZERO water waste include reducing water use at breweries and the formation of partnerships to safeguard shared water resources in high-risk areas.
Our top-line target is to halve water usage at our breweries by 2030, with an intermediate target of 25% by 2022. Since water usage of the Carlsberg Group for the baseline year (2015) was 3.4 hl/hl, this means the aim is to achieve 1.7 hl/hl by 2030: an industry-leading position.
Unaware by many, the brewing process requires a greater volume of water than the volume of beer produced. This is partly due to evaporation and wet byproducts and partly because water is needed to clean equipment.
Water will always be essential, but by cutting usage in half we will make sure that none is wasted.
In addition, the Carlsberg Group can also help safeguard shared water resources in the areas around its breweries globally. This means participating in community water partnerships that secure long-term water availability.
Working towards these targets, our Malaysian operations is set to implement:
- Technical audits of the tunnel pasteurizers to improve insulation and heat losses;
Audit on the bottlewashers heat exchangers to improve efficiency;
- Improve water extraction from tube well to reduce our dependency on water supply from the local town council, especially during water rationalizing period;
- Implementation of best practices stated in the Carlsberg Operating Manual; and
Enhancing KPI tracking, resulting in mindset change.
SUPPORTING THE GLOBAL GOALS
Water scarcity is a major global concern and responsible water stewardship is one of the most material issues for our business. As a global brewer with operations in high-risk areas, the Carlsberg Group has a responsibility to ensure both the success of our business and the well-being of the communities around our breweries.
Our targets for ZERO water waste relates to SDG 6: Clean water and sanitation.
We address targets 6.4 and 6.5 – increasing water use efficiency and implementing integrated water resources management – through our water use reduction programme and community engagement plans.