Reduction of Greenhouse Gases

Asahi Carbon Zero: the Asahi Group's medium- to long-term goals


As an environmental management measure, domestic Group companies have set Asahi Carbon Zero, new medium- to long-term goals related to climate change, with the aim of realizing the sustainability of the global environment.
Asahi Carbon Zero, which sets the greenhouse gas emissions targets, has obtained approval from the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi), meaning that the goals have been recognized as science-based targets for keeping the global temperature increase below 2 degrees Celsius in accordance with the Paris Agreement.

Asahi Carbon Zero targets
2050 Reach zero absolute greenhouse gas emissions
2030 Scope 1 and 2 30% reduction
Scope 3 30% reduction

(relative to 2015 levels)

Under Asahi Carbon Zero, the Asahi Group commits to a 30% reduction in absolute Scopes 1, 2 and 3 greenhouse gas emissions related to its domestic operations by 2030 from a 2015 base-year, and zero absolute greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.
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.

CO2 Emissions

The 2017 results of the Asahi Group show an increase in total CO2 emissions (+3.7% compared to the 2008 level; -3.4% compared to the previous year) as a result of the effects of the substantial deterioration of CO2 conversion factors for electricity due to continued suspension of operations of the nuclear power plants after the Great East Japan Earthquake in 2011, an increase in activities for the major group companies, and the addition of new beverage companies to the Group. Basic unit CO2 emissions showed a steady decrease to -7.2% compared to the previous year.

*This figure reflects CO2 emissions avoided by Tradable Green Certificates (TGC)
*The basic unit CO2 emissions are calculated as a comparison against units of sales in the base year according to conventional domestic accounting standards

The Asahi Group will continue to actively make an effort to meet the objective of reducing CO2 emissions by 30% compared to the level of 2008 by 2020.

Changes in CO2 emissions from domestic businesses (totals and basic unit)
Changes in CO2 emissions from domestic businesses (totals and basic unit)

The data above cover Scope 1, 2, and 3 (consignors and vending machines) emissions from domestic businesses.

With the introduction of 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 announcement of greenhouse gas emissions stipulated in the Act on Promotion of Global Warming Countermeasures. From the results of 2013, we indicate also CO2 emissions reflecting CO2 emissions avoided by the TGC. Please note that the figures for CO2 Emissions and CO2 Basic Unit in round brackets include CO2 emissions avoided by the TGC.
Avoided CO2 emissions: 12,800 tons in 2013, 12,300 tons in 2014, 13,300 tons in 2015, 12,600 tons in 2016 and 11.900 tons in 2017.

Breakdown of CO2 emissions at domestic business

x 1000 tons

2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
Scope 1+2 498 531 535 534 525
Scope 3 (consignors and vending machines 370 399 402 386 363
Reduction in CO2 emissions by using green power 12.8 12.3 13.3 12.6 11.9
Total 855 918 924 907 876
Overseas businesses (Oceania)

x 1000 tons

2014 2015 2016 2017
Australia 75.7 76.4 79.8 85.3
New Zealand 6.0 5.7 5.8 6.1
Total 81.7 82.1 85.6 91.4

Note: Scope 1 + 2 verified since 2014

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Changes in energy consumption in domestic businesses (totals and basic unit)
Changes in energy consumption in domestic businesses (totals and basic unit)

The data above cover Scope 1 and 2 emissions from domestic businesses.

Installation of Energy-Saving Equipment

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.

photo:Cogeneration system
Cogeneration system
photo:Anaerobic wastewater processing system
Anaerobic wastewater
processing system
Status of installation of main environment and energy saving equipment (as of December 31, 2017)
Technical items Content of effect Breweries, etc. where installed
Cogeneration system Effective use of energy will be implemented by generating power through fuel combustion and simultaneously creating steam by way of applying exhaust gas. Asahi Breweries, Ltd.:
Fukushima Brewery, Ibaraki Brewery, Kanagawa Brewery, Nagoya Brewery, Suita Brewery, Hakata Brewery

Asahi Soft Drinks Co., Ltd.:
Akashi Factory, Gunma Plant

Asahi Group Foods, Ltd.
Tochigi Sakura Plant
Conversion to gas for fuel CO2 emissions will be contained by converting to gas for fuel at factories that generally utilized heavy oil for fuel. Utilization of natural gas will be included from the initial stages. Asahi Breweries, Ltd.:
Hokkaido Brewery, Fukushima Brewery, Ibaraki Brewery, Kanagawa Brewery, Nagoya Brewery, Suita Brewery, Hakata Brewery

The Nikka Whisky Distilling Co., Ltd.:
Hirosaki Distillery, Kashiwa Distillery, Nishinomiya Distillery, Moji Distillery,
Satsuma Tsukasa Distillery

Asahi Beer Malt, Ltd.:
Koganei Plant, Yasu Plant

Asahi Soft Drinks Co., Ltd.:
Mt. Fuji Factory, Akashi Factory, Rokko Factory, Hokuriku Factory
Fuji Yoshida Plant, Gunma Plant, Okayama Plant

Asahi Group Foods Ltd.:
Tochigi Koganei Plant, Ibaraki Plant, Osaka Plant
Tochigi Sakura Plant, Okayama Factory No.1 Plant

Wako Food Industry Co., Ltd.:
Nagano Plant

Asahi Holdings (Australia) Pty Ltd.
Laverton,Papakura (NZ),
Ipswich,Welshpool,Henderson (NZ)

Beijing Beer Asahi Co., Ltd.

Etika Beverages Sdn. Bhd
Anaerobic wastewater processing plant By extracting methane gas from the organic matter contained in wastewater to utilize it as fuel, consumption of thermal and electric energy, as well as CO2 emissions will be reduced. Asahi Breweries, Ltd.:
Hokkaido Brewery, Fukushima Brewery, Ibaraki Brewery, Kanagawa Brewery, Nagoya Brewery, Suita Brewery, Shikoku Brewery, Hakata Brewery

The Nikka Whiskey Distilling Co, Ltd.
Tochigi Plant, Moji Distillery

Asahi Soft Drinks Co., Ltd.:
Akashi Factory, Mt. Fuji Factory, Hokuriku Factory, Gunma Plant, Okayama Factory

Asahi Holdings (Australia) Pty Ltd.
Henderson (NZ)

Beijing Beer Asahi Co., Ltd.
Solar power generator equipment CO2 emissions are reduced by converting solar energy into electricity. Asahi Breweries, Ltd.:
Nagoya Brewery, Hakata Brewery

The Nikka Whisky Distilling Co., Ltd.:
Kashiwa Distillery

Asahi Soft Drinks Co., Ltd.:
Mt. Fuji Factory
Asahi Group Calpis Ebisu Building

Development of a New Clean Energy Model

Solid Oxide Fuel Cell (SOFC) Tests

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 conductes 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. An SOFC generating unit for test use, jointly developed by the Asahi Group and Kyushu University, was employed for power generation. The SOFC unit continues to generate power after more than 2,000 hours of successive operation as of May, 2018. The Asahi Group aims to generate power for 10,000 hours to assess the effects, including seasonal fluctuations caused by refined biogas.

Development of a New Clean Energy Model

Using green electricity

Using green electricity for the production of beer products

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 electricity generated by wind and biomass energy sources-the largest contract of its kind in Japan's food industry at the time. Currently, green electricity, 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 electricity 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 electricity, including 350 ml beer cans, product packaging, and outer boxes for gift sets, bear the “Green Energy” label. In addition, the total green electricity usage volume from 2009 to 2016 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 86,000 tons*2.

Using Tradable Green Certificates (TGC)

The Tradable Green Certificate system is being used to ensure that green electricity 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 electricity denoted on the certificate.

*1 Selected from among products with the “Green Energy” labels as the No. 1 in Japan in terms of green electricity usage volume between May 2009 and December 2017 (recognized by JQA)
*2 The 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)

SuperDry with the “Green Energy” labels
Photo: Asahi Head Office