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A. Le Coq was voted in the top three of the sustainable enterprise category in the entrepreneurship award 2023 competition

12. October 2023

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A. Le Coq’s sustainable business development activities have placed the company in the top three in the Sustainable Company of the Year category of Estonia’s largest entrepreneurship competition. 

The aim of the competition is to recognise inspiring Estonian companies and highlight sustainable business models in different business sectors. The Sustainable enterprise category awards Estonian companies who implement the principles of sustainability and circular economy and base their activities on social, economic and environmental impact to apply. They have contributed to the introduction and awareness of the Green Transition.

A. Le Coq has made green energy and resource efficiency one of its key focus areas and has made several large-scale green investments in recent years. Last year, the company opened a technological wastewater treatment complex, which will enable the beverage industry to produce biogas from its wastewater and reduce the load of discharged water into the city’s sewage system by up to 80%. In 2021 and 2023, solar parks were established for the logistics center, and in 2020, an Energy Track energy management system was implemented in production. As a smart solution, the beverage industry collects heat energy from the boiler house chimneys and redirects it for heating the production facilities.

In 2022, A. Le Coq introduced an electric truck for its inner-city deliveries in Tallinn and plans to expand its electric truck fleet by the end of 2023. According to the company’s CEO, Jaanus Vihandi, sustainability should be viewed more broadly than just through green investments: “Sustainability is the way A. Le Coq sees itself as a strong company in both the Estonian and global markets over the next two hundred years.” For A. Le Coq’s CEO, sustainability means contributing to environmentally friendly business activities while simultaneously enhancing the well-being of consumers, employees, and other stakeholders.

Organised by EAS, KredEx and the Confederation of Estonian Employers, the longest-running entrepreneurship competition in Estonia 4 takes place this year for the 28th time and is Estonia’s longest-running business competition. The best companies are determined in six categories: Exporter of the Year, Innovator of the Year, Foreign Investor of the Year, Family Business of the Year, Tourism Promoter of the Year, and Sustainable Company of the Year. The winners will be announced on November 4th.

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