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For over 80 years, employees have protected the Asahi Forest with their own hands.

Overview of the Asahi Forest

The Asahi Forest, owned by the Asahi Group, is made up of fifteen forests of various sizes straddled across the cities of Shobara and Miyoshi in Hiroshima Prefecture, Japan.
(Total size: 2,165 hectares; area of forest under management: 2,467 hectares)

It all began in 1941, the Group bought a mountain forest in Hiroshima Prefecture when it was looking for Oriental Oak bark to replace the imported cork which was lining the crown cap on Asahi beer bottles.
Today, under the Asahi Group’s careful forest management, new lives are being nurtured in the forest as a way of contributing to the sustainability of Japanese forests.

Forest of Chinese Cork Oak
(Mt. Akamatsu)

Bark of Chinese Cork Oak

An old crown cap lined with cork.
(Front/back)

Location: Shobara City and Miyoshi City, Hiroshima Prefecture
(located in 15 different areas)

A forest composed of plantation and natural woods

76% of the forest is plantation, 24% is natural. We try to maintain a good balance of efficient forestry and preserve biodiversity by caring for planted Japanese cedar and cypress while doing work to mix conifers and hardwoods.

The Asahi Forest’s Preservation Office

To ensure that we can responsibly manage the forest ourselves, we established the Shobara Forestry Office in 1949, which became the Asahi Forest’s Preservation Office in 2007 and currently is managed by the Asahi Group's employees.

Yoichiro Matsuoka
Director
The Asahi Forest’s Preservation Office
The Asahi Group Holdings, Ltd.

Protecting the Forest

Planned forestry

Since the 1960s, the Asahi Forest has focused on planting cypress and cedar for the production of timber. Today, the Asahi Forest’s Preservation Office carries out planned forestry based on a forest management plan. We conduct a sustainable management to forest by nurturing the forest through periodically thinning, and carrying out reforestation (plantation) after cutting the trees down for final harvest (clear-cutting).

Forest Stewardship Council®

The Asahi Forest has received Forest Stewardship Council® in 2001.
In 2005, we additionally acquired a CoC certification to become FSC® FM/CoC certified, and began sales of FSC®-certified timber.
Today, we carry out planned forestry based on a forest management plan.
We believe that responsible forest management comes from practicing in accordance with the FSC®’s principles and standards.

Forest Stewardship Council® (From 2001)

Creatures inhabiting the forest

Asahi fifteen mountains include 668 plants and 60 bird species. Rich biodiversity is made possible through proper forest management.

The Asahi Forest’s Basic Principles for the Conservation of Biodiversity (formulated in 2014)

The Basic Principles were drawn up in 2014 to help realize the Asahi Group’s Declaration on Biodiversity.

Principle 1.
Protect
We aim to conserve The Asahi Forest’s
biodiversity
  1. We will protect through the use of coniferous forest.
  2. We will protect broadleaf forest.
  3. We will protect the uniqueness of each mountain.
  4. We will protect the precious living things.
Principle 2.
Use
Effectively make use of the
blessings of
the Asahi Forest
  1. Identify the blessings of nature (ecosystem services).
  2. Effectively make use of the said nature’s gifts.
  3. Share nature’s blessings with stakeholders.
Principle 3.
Collaborate
Take action together through
the Asahi
Forest
  1. We will disseminate information.
  2. We will expand our circle of partners.
  3. We will create a place for communication.

Making Use of the Forest

The Asahi Group’s Environmental Vision 2050:Realization of Water Neutrality

In February 2019, the Asahi Group established the Environmental Vision 2050 which lists the use of sustainable water sources as one of its goals.
The Asahi Forest’s groundwater volume (= water recharge volume) is equivalent to approximately 95 percent of water used in our domestic beer plants in 2019.
We aim to return 100% of water use at domestic beer plants to the earth, and achieve water neutrality by 2025.

The Asahi Group’s Environmental Vision

Quantification of the Asahi Forest’s Value as a Natural Asset

Example of Quantified Value as Natural Asset (Evaluated by External Experts)

In principle, the evaluation is made in accordance with the Comprehensive Assessment Report on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services*.

*“Report of Comprehensive Assessment of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services” (Ministry of the Environment, 2016)

Latent Heat Effect
Qty:
9,970,000m3
(transpiration)
Note:
Brings down the
temperature of
a
100km2 area by
2℃
CO2 Absorption
Qty:
12,200 tons
Note:
6.2% of plant
emission
Air Purification
Qty:
SO2 184kg
NO2 992kg
Note:
4.3% of plant
emission
1.0% of plant
emission
Water Purification
Qty:
Nitrogen 69 ton
Phosphorus 1 ton
Soil Runoff Prevention
Qty:
92,000 tons

The Asahi Forest’s carbon offset

Carbon offsetting is a scheme where CO2 (carbon) emissions produced through various activities are offset by the amount of carbon reduced from forest absorption. In 2011, the Asahi Forest was issued 1,375t-CO2 worth of credit from the Ministry of the Environment (J-VER scheme *1) as a result of carrying out periodic thinning of the Asahi Forest in a systematic way.

*1.J-VER stands for Japan Verified Emission Reduction. It refers to a credit scheme certified by the Ministry of the Environment aimed at spreading carbon offsetting in Japan.

Building value together with the Forest

Shipment and use of timber from forest thinning

Cedar and cypress harvested from the Asahi Forest are shipped and used as timber. One example is the Asahi Forest’s timber was used to build part of Japan National Stadium.

Japan National Stadium Provided by: Taisei Corporation
Partitions of the smart infill booths in the Asahi Group’s
shared office in Osaka
Kouno Murayama Forest House
Bio-toilet

Creating opportunities for the next-generation of forestry leaders

The Asahi Forest is partnering with Shobara City, Hiroshima Prefecture to host forestry workshops where local elementary school children can experience and become interested in forestry activities.

Nature Observation
Forestry Workshop
  • A circular disc cut out from thinned timber by a Shobara city student

Opinion exchange meeting on biodiversity preservation

As part of our action plan, we hold regular opinion exchange meetings with academic, government, NPO and corporate experts to discuss potential collaborations and ways of using the forest.