Leading UK brewer to trial lower carbon impact bottles
A partnership with UK glass bottle supplier, Encirc, has allowed Carlsberg Marston’s Brewing Company to take another step towards Carlsberg Group’s zero carbon footprint ambition, with a trial demonstrating the possibility to cut the carbon impact of glass bottles by up to 90%.
The trial with Encirc uses 100% biofuel and increases recycled content of the bottles to 100% while maintaining quality.
One million beer bottles have been manufactured for the Carlsberg Danish Pilsner brand and according to CMBC, glass bottles account for some 10% of the total beer-in-hand emissions (the full value chain) for the company.
This is the latest in a series of innovations to cut the carbon impact of packaging across CMBC. In 2019, on the relaunch of Carlsberg Danish Pilsner in the UK, the bottles were redesigned to make them 10g lighter than those they replaced, saving over 130 tonnes of glass in the first year alone.
“We are delighted this ground-breaking trial has successfully proven and produced ultra-low carbon Carlsberg glass beer bottles” commented Mark Comline, Senior Category Director Group Packaging Materials, Carlsberg Group. “Across Carlsberg, we are inspired to work together towards a zero carbon future. Trials like this in partnership with Encirc are a massive leap towards making it a reality.”
Adrian Curry, Managing Director at Encirc added: “This is a truly momentous occasion for glass. We have set the standard globally with this trial and now the glass industry needs to work towards realising what we’ve proved is possible. We now know that glass can be the most sustainable of all packaging types and must all work together to ensure that happens.”