2. June 2021
On May 6, the Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen inaugurated Carlsberg’s new water treatment plant at Fredericia Brewery. With the new water recycling plant the Carlsberg Group is setting new standards for sustainability within the brewing sector. Carlsberg’s brewery in Fredericia will thus be able to recycle 90% of its process water and thereby reduce the water usage from 2,9 hectolitres (hl) water per hl of beer to just 1,4 hl water per hl of beverage, making it the most water efficient brewery in the world.
“We are immensely proud to be able to unveil the world’s most water efficient brewing facility. Water is a basic ingredient in all our products, so water resource management is a high priority. Our water to beer ratio has always been low. Now we are taking it a step further. By recycling process water in our production, we are virtually eliminating water waste,” says Philip Hodges, EVP Integrated Supply Chain, Carlsberg Group.
With the new water treatment plant the global brewery group is setting new standards for sustainability within the brewing sector. Carlsberg’s brewery in Fredericia will thus be able to recycle 90% of its process water and thereby reduce the water usage from 2,9 hectolitres (hl) water per hl of beer to just 1,4 hl water per hl of beverage.
Pilot project for Carlsberg on a global scale
Since water is essential to the sustainability of the societies where the brewery group operates, and since clean water is a priority in the UN Sustainable Development Goals, Carlsberg has set a goal of eliminating water waste by 2030. This target forms part of the group’s sustainability programme ‘Together Towards Zero’ and its ZERO Water waste strategy.
“We have a goal of zero water waste globally in 2030. As a global company, we have a responsibility to support the UN Sustainable Development Goals, and as a brewery, we have a special responsibility to reduce water waste in our global production. The new water recycling plant in Fredericia will generate important learnings that can be implemented across our breweries in the rest of the world,” says Carlsberg Group CEO, Cees ’t Hart.
The Fredericia Brewery has already achieved Carlsberg’s 2030 target of eliminating water waste. The aim is to reduce the overall water use globally across the Carlsberg Group from 3,4 to 1,7 hl of water per hectolitre of finished beverage.