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.

The major production sites of the Group must be certified under the ISO 14001 environmental management standard.


In 2017, 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, semi-manufactured products, containers and packaging
  • 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.

We aim at implementing electronic registration where possible. In 2017, digital solutions were implemented on several of the Group’s markets with a view to supporting and streamlining the sales process.


The key environmental and climate 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.


The specific energy and water consumption stagnated in 2017 around the same or a marginally lower level than in 2016. The specific energy and water consumption stagnated in 2017 around the same or a marginally lower level than in 2016.

Energy: 78.0 MJ per hectolitre produced corresponding to the 2016 level
Water: 3.11 hectolitres per hectolitre produced corresponding to a 0.5% reduction from 2016

In 2017, new and more consumption-efficient bottling units were put into operation in both Denmark and Finland.

All production units continued their work of replacing old energy sources with new energy-efficient LED light sources in 2017.

In Denmark, the replacement of older distribution vehicles classified at EURO 3 and 4 levels by new ones classified at EURO 6 level continued in 2017.