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ZERO carbon footprint



Climate change is a pressing issue, so we need to take action.
We will focus on reducing impacts at our breweries – eliminating carbon emissions through the use of climate-friendly technologies, and engaging our value chain to reduce our beer-in-hand carbon footprint.


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Carbon consumption

The efficient use of carbon dioxide enabled us to significantly cut its consumption at our production sites and improve our production output

Lvivska Brewery is cutting down on its carbon consumption

Carlsberg Ukraine’s plants put extra effort into ensuring the efficient operation of carbon recovery plants and the reduced consumption of carbon dioxide at production sites. A positive effect of cutting down operational costs can be achieved through the conservation of internal carbon produced from fermentation and its further use in production. The cost reduction, in its turn, will largely improve production output.

In 2015, Lvivska Brewery made the following progress in this area:

  • The internal carbon consumption was reduced 12%, down to 0.98 kg/hL, thanks to the technical reconstruction of fermentation and filtration units;
  • The output of the carbon recovery plant was increased due to having identified the optimal time that should be spent on collecting carbon dioxide;
  • The CO2 recovery plant is now working more efficiently in consequence of fixing technical issues of the equipment.

Zaporizhzhia plant is successfully selling carbon dioxide

The efforts on the efficient consumption and collection of carbon dioxide over the nine months of 2016 allowed the Zaporizhzhia plant to not only purchase the gas, but also get profit from actually selling it. The plant’s team was challenged with reducing the intensity of use of carbon in production, down to 1.3 kg/hL, as well as with increasing the production output of carbon up to 2.07 kg/hL.

To tackle the first challenge, the team has analyzed every production site to optimize the processes and minimize carbon emissions. As a result of that effort, the intensity of use decreased to 1.3 kg/hL.

To meet the second challenge, back in 2014 they installed an additional 50 m3 tank for storing carbon. This made it possible in 2015 to boost internal production and completely waive buying carbon dioxide externally. In 2016, on top of being able to collect carbon for own needs, this effort enabled the plant to start selling it.


time a year Carlsberg Ukraine reaffirms its compliance with the international ISO standards


reduction in our overall energy consumption in 2016 compared to 2015


reduction of our overall thermal energy consumption in 2016 compared to 2015

In 2016, our total energy consumption rate was ≈ 41 million kWh a year, which is 6% less than in 2015. We used ≈ 70 million kWh a year of thermal energy, which is 13% less than in 2015. We were able to achieve such impressive results thanks to meeting the goals set for energy efficiency at every plant. In particular, over the past few years, we have implemented the following projects:

  • Installation of frequency converters for high-pressure compressor units;
  • Accounting for and automation of production and consumption of compressed air;
  • Improvement of the procedures for stalling the equipment for maintenance and scheduled shutdowns;
  • Partial modernization to LED lighting.

Carlsberg Ukraine has successfully implemented and is operating an integrated management system compliant with the international standard ISO 14001, which sets out international requirements for environmental management systems.

The integrated management system constitutes a systemic and rational approach to management and allows making the most optimal strategic and operational decisions, which cover all significant areas of the business that drive the efficient performance of the organization, both in terms of quality and in terms of environment, health and safety protection.



Biogas consumption

For several years in a row, we have been putting effort into reducing the consumption of natural resources at our production sites. Over the last three years, we have achieved great results in reducing energy consumption without compromising the production environment

We have managed to achieve a significant cut in the natural gas consumption through using an alternative source of energy - biogas. This is a fermentation product of living organisms produced at sewage plants during the purification of water prior to its release into the municipal sewer. As of year end 2015, the Kyiv plant replaced about 6% of its natural gas consumption with biogas. This equals to about 215,000 m3 of natural gas. The Zaporizhzhia plant switched 8% of its natural gas consumption to biogas (equivalent to 287,000 m3). In 2016, the Kyiv plant increased its biogas consumption to 13%.

In addition to that, a special focus is placed on the heat generation efficiency, in particular on the efficient conversion of fuel (in this case, natural gas) into thermal energy (steam). At present, the efficiency coefficient of the steam boiler at the Kyiv plant is 97—98%. This impressive figure was achieved through the overhaul of the boiler involving the installation of a heat exchange unit disposing of flue gas. It allowed lowering the temperature down to 55 °C, which it turn made it possible to increase the boiler efficiency by 3-4%, or 150,000-180,000 m3 in gas volume equivalent.


We maintain a high level of glass bottle recycling

In 2016, we recycled over 175 million glass bottles. This enabled the company to cut down on costs associated with purchasing new glass containers, as well as significantly reduce the volume of household hard waste that contaminate the environment.

The actual bottle recycling rate across the company’s plants in Zaporizhzhia, Kyiv and Lviv in 2016 exceeded 52% of our secondary sales of beer in glass packaging in the Ukrainian market. This way we help reduce carbon emission into the environment, as it is generated in great quantities during the manufacture of new glass bottles.

Carlsberg Ukraine designed and implemented a targeted programme of using recycled packaging back in 2008. From the very start of the programme, we managed to maintain a high bottle recycling rate. In addition to that, thanks to joint efforts with recycled packaging collection centers, we are facilitating the increase in glassware recycling in Ukraine. In fact in 2015, Zaporizhzhia had seen the opening of the first glass bottle collection point inside the METRO Cash & Carry Ukraine mall.



of natural materials (including 0.59 t of quartz sand, 0.172 t of limestone, 0.186 t of sodium bicarbonate and 0.072 t of feldspar) is needed to produce 1 t worth of new bottles


of energy is needed to produce 1 t worth of new bottles. The amount of energy used to make just one bottle is enough to power a PC for 7 hours or an energy-saving lamp for 24 hours


is the new-to-recycled-bottle cost ratio, that is, such packaging is more than twice as cheap. This difference affects the produce price for the end consumer


Carlsberg Group

presented a new design of the biodegradable bottle made of wood fiber at the Sustainable Brands 2016 Copenhagen conference

“Activating Purpose” towards a sustainable future

Carlsberg Group presented a new design of the biodegradable bottle made of wood fiber at the Sustainable Brands 2016 Copenhagen conference aimed at inspiring business success through innovation and “Activating Purpose” towards a sustainable future.

As part of the work of the Carlsberg Circular Community, Carlsberg kicked off the development project in 2015 with Danish packaging company EcoXpac to develop a beer bottle made from sustainably sourced wood fiber. The fiber comes from environmentally friendly sources where felling is compensated by planting new trees. The first prototype of a fiber-based bottle was revealed in January 2015 by Professor Flemming Besenbacher, Chairman of the Carlsberg Foundation, at the World Economic Forum in Davos.

New design

The new design of the beer bottle was developed with Carlsberg’s partners in the Carlsberg Circular Community as well as CP+B Copenhagen and Kilo, a Danish industrial design studio. The prototype, which has been prepared based on the distinctive Carlsberg design, shows how the bottle might look like when it hits the market.

The Green Fiber Bottle will be a landmark in sustainable innovation. Its fibers will come from responsibly managed sources, with trees replanted at the same rate that they are harvested. While the bottle will degrade into environmentally non-harmful materials if discarded randomly, the intention is that it will form part of a proper waste management system, just like today’s bottles and cans.

The three year project is supported by Innovation Fund Denmark and the Technical University of Denmark. The Green Fiber Bottle is scheduled to be test-launched in a pilot market in 2018.

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