Environmental Management

Environmental Management System

The Asahi Group has created a management system for tackling sustainability issues, including environmental issues throughout the Group, via the Global Sustainability Committee, which is chaired by the CEO of Asahi Group Holdings, Ltd. The commitment to environmental management applies to companies of the Asahi Group in Japan, Asahi Europe and International, Asahi Holdings (Australia) Pty Ltd. and Asahi Holdings Southeast Asia Sdn. Bhd. In Japan, we have established a Group Environmental Council, headed by the Head of Asahi Group Holdings' Japan Headquarters. The Council sets targets for achieving the Group's medium-term environmental goals under the Asahi Group Environmental Vision 2050 as well as monitoring and assessing the progress of the Group's environmental activities.

Environmental Management System
Environmental Management System
Environmental Management System (in Japan)
Environmental Management System
Environmental Management Cycle
Environmental Management Cycle

Initiatives Taken at Each Factory

Each factory of the Asahi Group has an environmental management committee which, chaired by the factory manager, advances environmental activities by turning the PDCA cycle to run environmental management programs for compliance with ISO 14001 and other regulations. The aim is to achieve the Group's environmental goals based on the Asahi Group Environmental Principles and the Asahi Group Environmental Vision 2050. Furthermore, each factory not only takes action on its own, but shares successful case studies within the Group, thinking creatively to laterally spread the activities to the entire Group.

Monitoring and Assessment of Achievements and Progress

The ISO 14001 Secretariat Office of each of the Asahi Group companies keeps updated on and regularly analyzes outcomes and progress of our environmental activities. Results are utilized in formulating plans for the following term and for the following fiscal year.

In-Company Environmental Training

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A seminar for ISO 14001 internal inspectors of the Group, held in 2020

In accordance with ISO 14001 and Eco Action 21*, training on Environmental Guidelines and environmental objectives are implemented at Asahi Group factories. Using our environmental education tools, we try to instill environmental awareness in our staff members.
Furthermore, the major group companies in japan acquired ISO 14001 integrated certification and provide environmental education through the training of ISO 14001 internal inspectors of the Group, in a Group-wide effort to improve skills in environmental management.

*Eco Action 21
Eco Action 21 provides industry, academic institutions and public bodies with a framework for the design and operation of effective and efficient environmental systems. The framework comprises a set of shared objectives, that can be used to assess, evaluate and report on environmental initiatives. Eco Action 21 is backed by the Ministry of Environment.

Environmental Training
Implementation Theme Content Implementation format Targeted audience Implementation period No. of people attended No. of training hours
Environmental risk management seminar Waste management Lecture, case studies, certification exams Waste management staff for the Group companies in Japan November 2016 Approx. 110 Five hours
November 2017 Approx. 100 Five hours
November 2018 Approx. 100 Five hours
December 2020 Approx. 155
*Held online
Five hours
Training of ISO 14001 internal inspectors of the Group ISO 14001 environmental management Lectures, workshops and examinations ISO 14001 implementation representatives of the Group companies in Japan March 2019 (four times) Approx. 100 30 hours in total
February 2020 (two times), October, November (eight times) Approx.200
*Partly held online
70 hours in total
Asahi Breweries' environmental education Environmental issues overall e-learning All employees of Asahi Breweries June 2020, October 2020 Approx. 4,500 participants per month
Rate of participation
June: 93%
October: 94%
Approx. 15 minutes/
person
Asahi Soft Drinks Group's environmental education Environmental issues overall and activities of the Asahi Soft Drinks Group e-learning All employees of the Asahi Soft Drinks Group January 2021 Approx. 3,600
Rate of participation 99%
Approx. 15 minutes/
person
Asahi Group Foods' environmental education Workshop with the persons newly taking charge of compliance with ISO 14001 Lecture form Persons in charge of compliance with ISO 14001 January, June, September, October, November 2020 6 attendees 1.5 hour/
person

Compliance with Environment-Related Laws and Regulations

Each factory of the Asahi Group not only complies with environment-related laws and regulations, but strives for environmental management by setting up voluntary standards that are more stringent than the legal standards even for wastewater processing and boiler equipment. In conformance with the Act on Rationalization of Energy Use, a law addressing climate change, the Asahi Group companies in Japan report its energy consumption and achievement of energy savings targets to authorities on an annual basis.

List of Environment-related Laws and Regulations
1. Climate Change / Global Warming
Act on Promotion of Global Warming Countermeasures
Act on the Rational Use of Energy
Act on Rational Use and Appropriate Management of Fluorocarbons
Tokyo Metropolitan Government Environmental Ordinance
*Initiatives to avoid climate change (“soft law”)
SBT (Science Based Targets: greenhouse gas reduction targets based on scientific grounds)
TCFD (The FSB Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures: a task force for the disclosure of financial information relating to climate change)
2. Waste Recycling
Basic Act for the Promotion of the Recycling-Oriented Society
Act on the Promotion of Effective Utilization of Resources
Wastes Disposal and Public Cleansing Act
Containers/Packaging Recycling Act
Act concerning the Promotion of Utilization of Recyclable Food Waste
Food Loss Reduction Promotion Act
Home Appliance Recycling Act
Construction Recycling Act
Act on Promoting Green Purchasing
3. Pollution / Land Usage
Air Pollution Control Act
Water Quality Pollution Control Act
Private Sewerage System Act
Sewerage Service Act
Offensive Odor Control Act
Noise Regulation Act
Vibration Regulation Act
Industrial Water Act
Factory Location Act
Soil Contamination Counter-measures Act
Act on Improvement of Pollution Prevention System in Specified Factories
Act on Special Measures concerning the Conservation of the Environment of the Seto Inland Sea
Act on Compensation etc. of Pollution-related Health Damage
4. Other
Food Sanitation Act
Water Supply Act
Pollutant Release and Transfer Register Act
Industrial Safety and Health Act
Fire Service Act
High Pressure Gas Safety Act
Poisonous and Deleterious Substances Control Act
Act on Special Measures concerning Countermeasures against Dioxins
Act on Special Measures concerning PCB Wastes
Act on Recycling, etc. of End-of-Life Vehicles
Act on Recycling of Vehicles
Automobile NOx PM Control Act
Building Standards Act
Nature Conservation Act
Fertilizer Control Act
Act on Enhancing Motivation on Environmental Conservation and Promoting of Environmental Activity
Basic Act on Biological Diversity

Status on the Acquisition of Certification for the Environmental Management System

The Asahi Group is committed to the ISO 14001 environmental management system (EMS) and Eco Action 21 certifications.
August 2019, the Group expanded the scope of its certification efforts to include Asahi Breweries, Ltd. and sales companies of the Asahi Soft Drinks Co., Ltd., and acquired ISO 14001 group integrated certification for its main Group companies in Japan. By integrating ISO 14001 certifications for the Group, we keep trying to raise the level of environmental management throughout the Asahi Group and to strengthen our environmental preservation activities. By sharing environmental best practices and non-compliances, the whole Asahi Group is oriented toward organizationally gearing the PDCA cycle to the pursuit of the Asahi Group Environmental Vision 2050.
The organization names in the certification list below are as of the acquisition of the relevant certification and belong to companies that were within the scope of application of the Asahi Group's environmental management as of the end of 2020. Ninety-three percent of these offices have received environmental management system (EMS) certification at a manufacturing base under management on a global level.

Bases in Japan

Asahi Group Holdings, Ltd.
Business unit Type Granted
Head Office (Asahi Professional Management Co., Ltd.; Asahi Breweries, Ltd.; Asahi Soft Drinks Co., Ltd.; Asahi Soft Drinks Sales Co., Ltd.; Michinoku, Ltd.; Kyushu Asahi Soft Drink Sales Co., Ltd., Asahi Orion Inryo Co., Ltd.; Asahi Group Foods, Ltd.) ISO 14001 August 2019
Head Office (Asahi Professional Management Co., Ltd.; Asahi Soft Drinks Co., Ltd.; and Asahi Group Foods, Ltd.) ISO 14001 August 2017
Asahi Group Research & Development Center (for Asahi Group Holdings, Ltd., Asahi Breweries, Ltd., Asahi Soft Drinks Co., Ltd.) ISO 14001 September 2015

*August 2018: Acquired integrated certification for Asahi Group Holdings, Ltd.; Asahi Professional Management Co., Ltd.; Asahi Soft Drinks Co., Ltd.; Asahi Group Foods, Ltd.; Nippon Freeze Drying Co., Ltd.; and Wako Food Industry Co., Ltd.
*August 2019: Expanded integrated certification to include Asahi Breweries, Ltd.; Asahi Soft Drinks Sales Co., Ltd.; Michinoku, Ltd.; Kyushu Asahi Soft Drink Sales Co., Ltd., Asahi Orion Inryo Co., Ltd.

Related Information
The Nikka Whisky Distilling Co., Ltd.
Business unit Type Granted
General certification (Head Office and 8 distilleries) ISO 14001 September 2014

*Satsuma Tsukasa Distillery received expanded accreditation in September 2018.

Sainte Neige Wine Co., Ltd.
Business unit Type Granted
Head Office Plant Eco Action 21 December 2006
Asahi Beer Malt Co., Ltd.
Business unit Type Granted
Integrated certification (Head Office and 2 plants) Eco Action 21 December 2006
Asahi Breweries, Ltd.
Business unit Type Granted
Integrated certification (Head Office, 8 breweries, 10 regional headquarters and all branch offices) ISO 14001 December 2014
Satsumatsukasa Shuzo Co., Ltd.
Business unit Type Granted
Head Office Plant Eco Action 21 January 2007
Asahi Soft Drinks Co., Ltd.
Business unit Type Granted
Group integrated certification (Head Office, 4 plants, 2 regional headquarters, 7 branch offices, Calpis Co., Ltd. head office, 2 Calpis Co., Ltd. plants, 1 Asahi Calpis Wellness Co., Ltd. plant) ISO 14001 June 2016

*Fujisansensui Co., Ltd. received expanded accreditation as Fuji Yoshida Plant in January 2018

Asahi Group Foods, Ltd.
Business unit Type Granted
Group integrated certification (Head Office, 7 offices, 1 Amano Foods plant, 1 Wakodo Co., Ltd. research laboratory, 3 Asahi Food and Healthcare Co., Ltd. plants, 1 Wakodo Co., Ltd. plant, 1 Wako Foods Co., Ltd. plant, 1 Amano Jitsugyo Co., Ltd. plant (plants 1 and 2) and 1 Nippon Freeze Drying Co., Ltd. plant) ISO 14001 September 2016

*Nippon Freeze Drying Co., Ltd. received expanded accreditation in January 2018

Asahi Calpis Wellness Co., Ltd.
Business unit Type Granted
Head Office ISO 14001 July 2016
Asahi Logistics Co., Ltd.
Business unit Type Granted
Group integrated certification (Head Office, all regional offices, all branch offices and all sales offices) (East Japan AB Cargo Co., Ltd.: Head Office and all sales offices) (West Japan AB Cargo Co., Ltd.: Head Office and all sales offices) ISO 14001 November 2016

*Manufacturing bases in Japan: 33 factories
Environmental Management Systems-certified manufacturing bases: 33 factories (as of the end of 2020)
*EMS certification obtained for 100% of manufacturing bases in Japan.

Overseas Bases

Asahi Europe and International
Business unit Type Granted
Plzensky Prazdroj (Czech Republic)
Plzen ISO 14001 2002
Nosovice ISO 14001 1999
Velke Popovice ISO 14001 2003
Plzensky Prazdroj Slovensko, a.s. (Slovakia)
Saris ISO 14001 March 2010
Asahi Netherlands B.V (The Netherlands)
Asahi Netherlands B.V ISO 14001 August 2004
Ursus Breweries SA (Romania)
Buzau ISO 14001 November 2005
Brasov ISO 14001 April 2008
Timisoara ISO 14001 March 2006
Birra Peroni S.r.l. (Italy)
Birra Peroni S.r.l. (Padova Brewery) ISO 14001 May 2007
Birra Peroni S.r.l. (Rome Brewery) ISO 14001 May 2006
Birra Peroni S.r.l. (Bari Brewery) ISO 14001 January 2012
Saplo ISO 14001 October 2018
Dreher Sorgyarak Zrt (Hungary)
Budapest ISO 14001 October 1998
Kompania Piwowarska SA (Poland)
Poznan ISO 14001 2001
Bialystok ISO 14001 2005
Tychy ISO 14001 2003
Asahi Holdings Australia Pty Ltd.
Business unit Type Granted
Tullamarine ISO 14001 December 2009
Huntingwood ISO 14001 December 2005
Ipswich ISO 14001 January 2006
Goodna ISO 14001 September 2018
Albury ISO 14001 December 2018
Albury (PET) ISO 14001 December 2018
LOPA (syrop) ISO 14001 June 2011
Welshpool ISO 14001 July 2018
Laverton ISO 14001 December 2019
Renmark ISO 14002 December 2020
Papakura ISO 14001 December 2019
Asahi Holdings Southeast Asia Sdn. Bhd.
Business unit Type Granted
Bangi ISO 14001 August 2018
Meru ISO 14001 February 2020
Asahi Beverages Vietnam Joint Stock Company ISO 14001 November 2015

*Overseas manufacturing bases: 35 factories
Environmental Management Systems-certified manufacturing bases: 30 factories (as of the end of 2020)
*EMS certification obtained for 86% of manufacturing bases overseas.