As part of its environmental management efforts, in 2018, the Asahi Group established medium and long-term goals with regard to climate change in the form of the Asahi Carbon Zero initiative, with the aim of realizing the sustainability of the global environment.
Asahi Carbon Zero sets medium and long-term targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and has obtained approval from the Science Based Targets (SBT) initiative, meaning that it has been recognized as a science-based standard for keeping the global temperature increase below 2°C in accordance with the goal set by the Paris Agreement.
As of 2020, the Group has expanded the scope of Asahi Carbon Zero to include operating companies overseas, and will continue to expand the scope of the initiative going forward.
|2050||Scope 1,2||Aim to achieve zero greenhouse gas emissions||Operating companies in Japan, Asahi Breweries Europe Ltd, Asahi Holdings (Australia) Pty Ltd|
|Scope 3||Aim to achieve zero greenhouse gas emissions||Asahi Breweries, Ltd., Asahi Soft Drinks Co., Ltd., Asahi Breweries Europe Ltd, Asahi Holdings (Australia) Pty Ltd|
|2030||Scope 1,2||30% reduction (in comparison with 2015 levels)||Operating companies in Japan, Asahi Breweries Europe Ltd, Asahi Holdings (Australia) Pty Ltd|
|Scope 3||30% reduction (in comparison with 2015 levels)||Asahi Breweries, Ltd., Asahi Soft Drinks Co., Ltd., Asahi Breweries Europe Ltd, Asahi Holdings (Australia) Pty Ltd|
*Scope 3 targets for Asahi Breweries Europe, Ltd. and Asahi Holdings (Australia) Pty Ltd are in comparison with 2020 levels.
*SBT applies to operating companies in Japan only
With Asahi Carbon Zero, the Asahi Group aims to achieve zero greenhouse gas emissions in Scopes 1, 2 and 3 by 2050, and reduce emissions by 30% for Scopes 1, 2 and 3 (in comparison with 2015 levels) by 2030.
In order to achieve its targets, the Asahi Group will implement a variety of measures for saving energy and preserving the environment, including the recovery and use of waste heat, such as steam from the manufacturing processes, the application of cold energy, including energy gained through the normal-temperature replenishment of rows of cans, the introduction of cogeneration facilities, fuel conversion and activities that practically apply the ISO 14001 standard in all of its business establishments.
In order to achieve carbon zero in its value chain, the Asahi Group is taking various measures to reduce CO2 emissions in Scope 1, 2 and 3. The CO2 emission ratios at each stage of the value chain based on the GHG Protocol are 65% for Ingredient production and transportation, 19% for manufacture, 4% for distribution, 10% for sales, and 1% for consumption.
The Asahi Group's Scope 1 and 2 CO2 emissions for 2019 were calculated by expanding the area of analysis to include operating companies in Southeast Asia, in addition to the existing countries and regions (Japan, Oceania and Europe). When compared to the same area of analysis as the previous year, which excluded Southeast Asia, CO2 emissions were reduced by 5.7% in comparison with the previous year, and by 11.5% in comparison with 2015 for operating companies in Japan. This progress exceeds the SBT target pace (30% reduction by 2030 relative to the 2015 level). In addition, results for Scope 3 CO2 emissions were calculated for the alcoholic beverage and soft drinks businesses in Japan, which reported a 0.6% increase in emission in comparison with the previous year, and a 1.4% reduction in comparison with 2015.
*This figure does not reflect CO2 emissions avoided by Tradable Green Certificates (TGC).
The Asahi Group will continue to actively make an effort to meet the SBT target of reducing CO2 emissions.
*Net sales in accordance with the International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) was used for basic unit calculations from 2016.
*The area of analysis for overseas CO2 emissions included only Oceania up to 2017, then Oceania and Europe as of 2018, and then Oceania, Europe and Southeast Asia as of 2019.
*The data above cover Scope 1 and 2 emissions from japan and overseas businesses.
With the introduction of the Green Power CO2 Reduction Certification System by the Japanese government in 2014, CO2 emissions avoided by Tradable Green Certificates (TGC) can be used in calculations, reporting and announcements of greenhouse gas emissions as stipulated in the Act on Promotion of Global Warming Countermeasures. From the 2014 results, we can also indicate CO2 emissions reflecting the CO2 emissions avoided by TGC. Note that the figures in the following table only include the CO2 emissions contributed by green energy.
|1. Alcoholic beverages business||Scope1||205||209||209||203||194|
|2. Soft drinks business||Scope1||84||82||76||74||83|
|3. Food business||Scope1||27||27||26||26||24|
|4. Other businesses||Scope1||23||25||26||26||25|
|5. Overseas businesses A*3||Scope1||23||23||23||23||24|
|6. Overseas businesses B*4||Scope1||-||-||-||111||129|
|7. Total: All businesses||Scope1||361||367||361||463||479|
|Scope1+2 basic units||(Kg-CO2/one million yen)*5||302||321||304||352||365||(Kg-CO2e/kl)*6||85||79||81||72||76|
|Scope3 basic units
(Kg-CO2/one million yen)
|Sales (billion yen)||2,054||1,938||2,036||2,500||2,489|
*1Asahi Breweries, Ltd. only
*2Asahi Soft Drinks Co., Ltd. only
*3Overseas businesses A includes businesses for which at least three successive years' worth of data has been collected (Oceania)
*4Overseas businesses B includes businesses for which less than three years' worth of data has been collected (Europe and Southeast Asia)
*5CO2 emission basic unit of production per unit revenue
*6CO2 emission basic unit of production per kl produced. For Asahi Breweries, Ltd., Asahi Soft Drinks Co., Ltd., Asahi Holdings (Australia) Pty Ltd, Asahi Breweries Europe Ltd, and Asahi Group Holdings Southeast Asia Pte. Ltd.
(Total of above-mentioned businesses 1 to 4)
|CO2 emissions contributed by green energy||13||13||12||11||10|
|Total of Scope1+2||525||525||516||484||459|
(The figures in this and subsequent sections are equivalent to the breakdown in above-mentioned business 5)
*Third-party validation for Scopes 1 and 2 began in Japan as of 2014, In Oceania as of 2015, in Europe as of 2018, and in Southeast Asia as of 2019.
|(1) Products and services purchased||1,821||1,845||1,821||1,862||1,863|
|(2) Capital goods||81||314||141||98||109|
|(3) Fuel not included in Scope 1 and 2 and energy-related activities||61||61||60||60||71|
|(4) Transportation and delivery (upstream)||433||417||370||386||387|
|(5) Waste generated in the business||5||4||4||4||4|
|(6) Business trip||1||1||1||1||1|
|(7) Commute of employees||4||3||3||3||4|
|(8) Lease assets (upstream)||Not applicable||Not applicable||Not applicable||Not applicable||Not applicable|
|(9) Transportation and deliver (downstream)||148||143||137||138||144|
|(10) Processing of sold products||Not applicable||Not applicable||Not applicable||Not applicable||Not applicable|
|(11) Use of sold products||362||327||325||296||289|
|(12) Disposal of sold products||45||55||50||52||50|
|(13) Lease assets (downstream)||Not applicable||Not applicable||Not applicable||Not applicable||Not applicable|
|(14) Franchising||Not applicable||Not applicable||Not applicable||Not applicable||Not applicable|
|(15) Investments||Not applicable||Not applicable||Not applicable||Not applicable||Not applicable|
|Total GHG emissions||2,960||3,169||2,912||2,899||2,923|
CO2 emissions from the assets being leased are excluded from (8) Lease assets (upstream) because they are counted in Scope 1 + 2.
No interim products exist and (10) Processing of sold products is not applicable.
The CO2 emissions from the assets being leased are not applicable for (13) Lease assets (downstream), because they are counted in Scope 1 + 2.
(14) Franchising is not applicable because nothing applies to it.
(15) Investments are not applicable due to business characteristics.
*Net sales in accordance with the International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) was used for basic unit calculations for 2016.
*The area of analysis for overseas energy consumption included only Oceania up to 2017, then Oceania and Europe as of 2018, and then Oceania, Europe and Southeast Asia as of 2019.
*The data above cover Scope 1 and 2 emissions from japan and overseas businesses.
|1. Alcoholic beverages business||1,231||1,245||1,249||1,214||1,176|
|2. Soft drinks business||573||574||543||524||555|
|3. Food business||208||212||204||197||190|
|4. Other businesses||124||137||143||140||136|
|5. Overseas businesses A||187||196||201||200||209|
|6. Overseas businesses B||-||-||-||956||1,169|
|7. Total of items 1 to 6||2,323||2,363||2,340||3,231||3,434|
|8. Basic unit (kWh / one million yen)||1,131||1,220||1,149||1,292||1,380|
(Total of above-mentioned businesses 1 to 4)
(The figures in this and subsequent sections are equivalent to the breakdown in above-mentioned business 5, 6)
The Asahi Group is introducing energy-saving equipment in an ongoing effort, such as fuel conversion equipment and anaerobic wastewater processing equipment that effectively utilizes methane contained in wastewater at its breweries and other production sites.
In support of Japan Softdrink Vending Machine Council's goal to achieve a 60 percent reduction in total electricity consumption of soft drink vending machines compared to 2005 by 2050, Asahi Soft Drinks Co., Ltd. is promoting the switch to super-efficient heat-pump vending machines. These machines can cool and heat at the same time, using heat generated during cooling to warm up other items, and use about 40 percent less electricity on an annual basis compared to conventional vending machines.
|Items||Company's Name||Factory Name||Cogeneration system||Conversion to gas for fuel||Anaerobic wastewater processing||Solar power generator|
|Alcoholic beverages business:
|Asahi Breweries, Ltd.:
|The Nikka Whisky Distilling Co., Ltd:
|Satsuma Tsukasa Distillery||○|
|Sainte Neige Wine Co., Ltd.||Sainte Neige Winery|
|Soft drinks business:
|Asahi Soft Drinks Co., Ltd.:
|Asahi Group Foods Ltd.:
|Tochigi Koganei Factory||○||○|
|Tochigi Sakura Factory||○||○|
|Okayama Plant（No.1 & No.2 Plant）||○|
|Nippon Freeze Drying Co., Ltd.||Nagano Factory||○|
|Wako Food Industry Co., Ltd.:||Nagano Factory||○|
|Asahi Beer Malt, Ltd.:
|Other||Asahi Calpis Wellness Co., Ltd.||Gunma Factory|
The Asahi Group developed a high-purity system that can be introduced at low cost by constructing a refining process for removing impurities from biogases obtained from anaerobic wastewater treatment facilities at breweries. The Asahi Group conducts power generation tests for a long period using a solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) generating unit and a refined biogas obtained through this process as of May, 2018. The power generation tests involved testing of an experimental SOFC generating unit, jointly developed by the Asahi Group and Kyushu University, and in May 2019 succeeded in generating power successively for 10,000 hours. Based on this results of these tests, Asahi Breweries is currently constructing biomethane refining facilities and fuel cells at its Ibaraki Brewery. These facilities are planned to commence test operation in 2020.
Experimental CO2 separation and recovery equipment is able to separate CO2 from exhaust gases and recover it at a high rate of efficiency using an adsorbent fluid, which has the property of absorbing CO2 at low temperatures and releasing it at high temperatures.
Over a period of approximately 18 months beginning in January 2020, the Asahi Group has been using experimental CO2 separation and recovery equipment supplied by Toshiba Energy Systems & Solutions Corporation to conduct demonstrative tests to measure performance and cost-effectiveness in recovering CO2 from boiler exhaust gases and assess the possibility of deploying them at its plants.
In the future, the Group plans to make use of the recovered CO2 in alcoholic beverages and soft drinks, and to develop other applications for its use.
The Asahi Group originally used the biogas (methane gas) obtained from the anaerobic wastewater treatment facilities for treating its plant wastewater as a combustion energy source for its boilers, but is now also utilizing it as a combustion energy source for power generation. Some plants use both generators and boilers, and are contributing to reducing the Group's CO2 emissions through the use of these new technologies.
In 2009, Asahi Breweries, Ltd. entered into a contract with Japan Natural Energy Company Limited to buy 40,000,000 kWh per year of green power generated by wind and biomass energy sources-the largest contract of its kind in Japan's food industry at the time.
Currently, green power, which is energy that is considerate of the environment, is used to produce Asahi Super Dry beer 350 ml cans and all beer products in gift sets across all of our breweries. Green power is generated from wind power and biomass, natural energies that have a low burden on the global environment.
Asahi Super Dry products manufactured using green power, including 350 ml beer cans, product packaging, and outer boxes for gift sets, bear the “Green Energy” label. In addition, the total green power usage volume from 2009 to 2019 was the highest of all “Green Energy” label products in Japan*1. This initiative has contributed to a cumulative total reduction in CO2 emissions of approximately 102,000 tons*2.
The Tradable Green Certificate system is being used to ensure that green power is used to fill the total electrical power needs of the Asahi Group Holdings headquarters and also the adjacent restaurant buildings, Annex and Flamme d'Or. The Tradable Green Certificate system works by issuing certificates to companies to purchase the “environmental value” of electrical power generated from natural energy resources. Companies and organizations holding these certificates are recognized as contributing to the spread of natural energy use reflecting environmental improvements commensurate with the amount of power denoted on the certificate.
*1Selected from among products with the “Green Energy” labels as the No. 1 in Japan in terms of green power usage volume between May 2009 and December 2019 (recognized by JQA)
*2The CO2 emissions coefficient used is the latest, issued annually by the Federation of Electric Power Companies of Japan.
(From 2016 onwards, the coefficient used is that provided by the Electric Power Council for a Low Carbon Society (ELCS))