Lighter, more eco-friendly packaging

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Systembolaget sells 197.5 million litres of wine every year. That’s a lot of wine and a lot of bottles, which means a massive amount of glass production and a substantial climate impact. This is why we, in partnership with our suppliers, are switching to lighter glass bottles.

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Systembolaget’s environmental work includes everything from increased recycling to more resource-efficient lighting in our stores. But our own operations only account for 2 per cent of our total climate impact, and the investigation commissioned by Systembolaget shows that one third of our indirect global climate impact comes from packagingError! Source with slug 'miljoutredni' is not defined!.

We have also seen the increasing importance of environmental issues for more and more people – our customers and the general public want and expect us to develop our operations sustainably. This expectation is shared by our owners. By reducing our climate impact, Systembolaget can help create a more sustainable society. Lighter glass bottles, recyclable glass bottles, aluminium cans, cardboard packaging, and PET bottles are more eco-friendly than single-use glass bottlesError! Source with slug 'miljoutredni' is not defined!.

Our ambition is for our suppliers to switch to lighter glass bottles. For the drinks industry as a whole, the changeover will mean we are helping to ensure lower CO2 emissions and a more sustainable societal development. The climate benefits that could be achieved if all of the still wine sold by Systembolaget switched to lighter bottles could, theoretically speaking, mean a reduction in CO2 emissions of approximately 10,000 tonnes.

Systembolaget’s climate goals

By 2020, Systembolaget’s annual emissions of carbon dioxide shall have decreased by 14,000 tonnes in comparison with our emissions in 2014. We will achieve this by reducing emissions from the things over which we have full control, such as our own operations and our travel, but if we are to achieve the goal, we must also reduce the indirect emissions that occur along the full length of the value chain. The changeover to lighter glass bottles is important in terms of achieving the goal, but we have several other indirect emission sources that we must reduce if we are to reach our overall climate goal.