Carlsberg trials glass bottles in UK with much lower carbon impact

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Carlsberg Marston’s Brewing Company (CMBC) has partnered with glass supplier, Encirc, to test glass bottles with a high recycled content that can cut the carbon impact of each bottle by up to 90%.

One million beer bottles have been manufactured for the Carlsberg Danish Pilsner brand as part of the trial. Glass bottles account for around 10% of CMBC’s total beer-in-hand emissions (the full value chain).

Mark Comline, senior category director for group packaging materials at Carlsberg Group, said: “This ground-breaking trial has proven and produced ultra-low carbon Carlsberg glass beer bottles.” Adrian Curry, managing director at Encirc added: “This is a truly momentous occasion. We have set the standard globally 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.”

In 2019, CMBC relaunched Carlsberg Danish Pilsner in the UK when the bottles were redesigned to make them 10 grams lighter than before, saving over 130 tonnes of glass in the first year alone.

As part of the ‘Glass Futures’ industry initiative, this latest trial will feed into UK government policy through the Energy Innovation Programme from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS).

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