Laos: Carlsberg subsidiary Lao Brewery linked to air & water pollution in villages surrounding its Vientiane plant; Carlsberg responds

Report and company response on alleged air and water pollution from Lao Brewery plant are linked below.

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Article
8 November 2016

Lao Brewery Company Hit With Pollution Complaints

Author: Brooks Boliek, Radio Free Asia

20 Oct 2016

The Lao Brewery Co. may produce the country’s most popular beer, but the company is out of favor in the village neighboring its brewery in Vientiane, where residents there blame it for polluting the air and water.

“There is a bad smell, and we cannot use the water in the marsh and canal because it is dirty,” a resident of the Salakham village told RFA’s Lao Service.

“Polluted water from the Lao brewery flows into Salakham marsh, and now people cannot catch fish there like they did in the past,” added the resident who spoke on condition of anonymity…

The company, which is jointly owned by the Lao government and the brewing giant Carlsberg, claims a 99 percent share of the Lao beer market. BeerLao, the nation’s most popular beer, is among the products it manufactures in its brewery in Vientiane’ Hatsayfong district…

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Company response
7 November 2016

Carlsberg response

Author: Carlsberg

…The article refers to complaints from villages close to our production facility in Vientiane. To the best of our knowledge, the complaints that are referred to in the articles are from 2014 and is therefore not up to date. The article is referring to a second waste water treatment plant being installed by the company. This plant was indeed commissioned in quarter 1 of 2015 and has been running continuously since then.

The company closely monitors the water being discharged after waste water treatment and the discharge water fully complies with legal norms as well as Carlsberg Group Policies…

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