The first environmental report by Carlsberg Breweries claims that environmental initiatives over the past two years have helped reduce energy and water usage by its breweries.

According to the report published this week the total consumption of energy fell to 40.7kWh per hectolitre of beer brewed, from 45.8kWh between 1998/99 and 2000. Consumption of water per hectolitre of beer produced has fallen to 4.8hl/hl from 5.2hl/hl. And emission of Co2 has fallen to 11.4kg/hl from 12.8kg/hl.

Commenting on the report Carlsberg said in a statement: "Breweries in the group have been obliged to maintain strict standards since the announcement of the Group's environmental policy last year. They should also create their own detailed working plans and document that they are living up to their promises.

"The breweries have reported the results of their environmental activity to corporate headquarters in Copenhagen and the first environmental report is the result."