Environmental and climate issues



Royal Unibrew complies with existing environmental legislation and strives at being a front-runner when it comes to developing measures in the environmental area. We do that by developing and improving our products and production, by training our employees and through a dialogue with our surroundings.


In 2016, we continued our efforts to continuously reduce Royal Unibrew’s environmental footprint, primarily targeted at:

  • Reduction of energy consumption
  • Reduction of water consumption and of waste water discharge
  • Reduction of wastage of raw materials and semi-manufactured products
  • Waste recycling and reduction of resource consumption
  • CO2-neutral production of selected products

Royal Unibrew’s compliance with environmental legislation is regularly verified, including legislation relating to waste water discharge, noise reduction and waste management.

Environmental risks are monitored locally at our production sites in order to ensure compliance with standards and to ensure fast corrective action if required.


The key environmental risks derived from Royal Unibrew’s production are unintentional discharge of waste water/chemicals or coolants as well as high CO2 emission due to non-optimal process plant operation.

Moreover, there is a risk of local water resources being exploited beyond their capacity.


Total energy and water consumption in proportion to volume production (hl) is measured on a monthly basis. Based on the development in these KPIs, the effect of our environmental work is monitored and our efforts in the individual areas are adjusted.


A large number of initiatives in 2016 contributed towards a continued reduction of both energy and water consumption:

Energy: 78 MJ per hectolitre produced corresponding to an 8.7% reduction from 2015

Water: 3.1 hectolitres per hectolitre produced corresponding to a 3.7% reduction from 2015

All production units continued their work of replacing current energy sources with new energy-efficient LED light sources in 2016. In Denmark, many older distribution vehicles classified at EURO 3 and 4 levels were replaced by new ones classified at EURO 6 level.

In 2016, the Danish breweries were re-certified under ISO 14001.