Ölgerðin - a leading beverage manufacturer takes charge of its sustainable future
Ölgerðin is a progressive manufacturing company with a history dating back more than a century. Their products are household names throughout Iceland, and the company prides itself on providing excellent customer service and high-quality products.
Ölgerðin Egill Skallagrímsson is the largest beverage producer in Iceland. Ölgerðin produces, imports, distributes and sells beverages and food products throughout Iceland.
The company focuses on ensuring that its goods are of the highest quality and that customers can rely on such quality. Only products that have the potential to be leading products in their category are marketed, and each and every supplier is treated as though he were the only one.
Ölgerðin places great importance on sustainability and works tirelessly to ensure the adoption of sustainability within the company culture. In order to achieve its future vision of being the first choice among customers and consumers, attention must be paid to sustainability throughout the value chain. Customers and consumers demand to do business with companies that encourage sustainability and companies that employ and maintain more competent employees. Ölgerðin aims to be the leader among Icelandic companies in the field of sustainability and meet the modern needs of our customers and consumers without detracting from the possibility of future generations to meet their needs.
In 2008, Ölgerðin merged with Danól to form one of Iceland's largest businesses of its kind. Like many businesses in the manufacturing sector, the company's carbon footprint and CO2 emissions must be carefully managed. To address this, Ölgerðin has been a part of the Icelandic Climate Agreement since 2015 and has been implementing processes to support their goal of reducing their CO2 emissions by 40% before 2030.
Ölgerðin needed a solution that would allow accurate and transparent activity data tracking to meet their carbon management goal. This would allow them to improve their sustainability in a systematic and cost-efficient way. The requested requirements were to provide the company with a comprehensive overview of its energy intensity and carbon footprint as well as to facilitate ESG reporting by collecting environmental data in real-time throughout the year.
In 2017, Ölgerðin teamed up with Klappir to collect activity data on their entire operation, including monitoring CO2 emissions. They have successfully produced ambitious goals and generated Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) reports that show their current position and progress as a result of implementing our ecosystem technology. The continuous data collection and data stream provided by Klappir's Sustainability Platform also helps the Ölgerðin staff make informed energy management decisions systematically and cost-efficiently.
The Results So Far
Several impressive results and milestones have been reached on their way to meeting their ambitious sustainability goals.
- 65% reduction in the combined Scope 1 and Scope 2 greenhouse gas emissions between 2016-2021.
- 89% reduction in the use of oil for steam boilers in production
- 30% reduction in the use of fossil fuels for the company's extensive distribution car fleet
"It's easy to see how their goals are progressing and whether their tactics are working – further enhancing their ability to make data-driven decisions on how to run the business best. The system is a godsend not only for us who do the environmental reporting but also for our machinists and engineers: who now have a comprehensive overview of the energy intensity of every single machine. This is a very practical tool, and it helps us manage resources in smart, sensible ways."
Málfríður Guðný Kolbeinsdóttir, Sustainability and improvement leader at Ölgerðin
Ölgerðin Sustainability statement 2021 (IS)
Ölgerðin Sustainability statement 2020 (IS)
Ölgerðin Sustainability statement 2019 (IS)
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