Countdown to carbon neutrality by 2030

Our ambition is for Absolut Vodka to be a carbon-neutral product by 2030 and we are on track to achieve that goal driven by an all-encompassing strategy.

We are committed to nurturing every terroir, working hand in hand with wheat farmers, suppliers and communities to protect ecosystems, enhance biodiversity and restore the soil.

We are committed to preserving natural resources with a circular mindset looking at innovative ways to minimise our impact by reusing, reducing, rethinking or recycling at every step – from the packaging we use to the promotional items we produce to the way we distribute our products.

Our distillery

By 2025, production of Absolut Vodka will be fossil free – our distillery is already one of the most energy-efficient in the world emitting nine times less CO2 per litre of alcohol than the average distillery1. More than 75 per cent of the energy we use for production is renewable and we have reduced carbon emissions per litre by 80 per cent at our bottling sites and distillery thanks to industry-leading energy innovations.

Our distillery is one of the most energy-efficient in the world

BIER 2021

Our bottles

Glass bottle production represents around half of Absolut Vodka’s climate impact, and we are working tirelessly to find innovative ways to bring this down in our pursuit of carbon neutrality. We have reduced the weight of Absolut Vodka bottles, cutting their carbon footprint by 10 per cent in doing so, while 53 per cent of our bottles are made of recycled glass2 – and our ambition is to keep increasing the amount… It’s not just the glass bottles that matter and we are currently developing a natural fibre-based screw cap that will be biobased, biodegradeable and recyclable as paper.

Paper bottle development reaches significant milestone

The story of Absolut Paper and the vision to create a recyclable and fully bio-based paper bottle continues together with PABOCO.

Our packaging

We don’t want to ship air; we want to ship efficiently. Over the past few years, our warehouse team have been working studiously to optimise how we load our containers. For example, we no longer use wooden pallets in the containers, using slip sheets instead, which are made from layers of paper that are much thinner and lighter than wooden pallets. We use 88 per cent of the space in the containers we send, while all our delivery trucks in Sweden are fuelled by hydrotreated vegetable oil (HVO).

Our wheat

Besides water (which is sourced locally), winter wheat is our key ingredient – and a large part of our carbon footprint. Over the past 20 years, we have worked closely with farmers in southern Sweden through our Sustainable Wheat Programme (which rewards farmers with credit for taking climate action) focusing on increased biodiversity, climate (CO2 emissions), water resources and soil health.

Our commitment

Our carbon-neutral journey by 2030 is gathering pace. We will soon become the first global spirits brand to move to a partly hydrogen energy-fired glass furnace for large-scale production to reduce CO2 emissions. We are continuing to extend our climate-smart actions into our wheat and glass supply chains, whilst driving down transport emissions. Our commitment towards sustainability remains unwavering.

  1. FY22 and BIER 2021
  2. Based on FY22 data