Environmental Management

The Asahi Group organizes the Group Environmental Council that is chaired by the Managing Director in charge of Sustainability of Asahi Group Holdings, Ltd., and formulates the Group's Medium-Term Environmental Plan as well as monitors and assesses the progress of the Group's environmental activities overall.

Principles and plans that have been formulated at the Group Environmental Council are approved at the Group CSR Promotion Council, and reported and approved at the Corporate Strategy Board, which is chaired by the president of Asahi Group Holdings, Ltd.

Environmental Management System
Environmental Management System
Environmental Management Cycle
Environmental Management Cycle

Formulation and Communication of Principles and Plans

Principles and plans that have been formulated at the Group Environmental Council are approved at the Group CSR Promotion Council, and reported and approved at the Corporate Strategy Board, which is chaired by the president of Asahi Group Holdings, Ltd. The Asahi Group Holdings, Ltd. Sustainability Section, which acts as the secretariat for the Group Environmental Council, conveys the approved principles and plans to each department.

Initiatives Taken at Each Factory

At each factory, the Environmental Control Committee led by the General Manager of Factory promotes environmental activities that are based on the Group's Medium-Term Environmental Plan, the annual plan, and the environmental management program of ISO 14001, etc.
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 status of achievements and progress on environmental activities are monitored and analyzed during each quarter by the Project Office of each site. The results are utilized for formulating plans for the next quarter or the upcoming fiscal year.

Global Environment Sectional Meetings

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Global Environment Sectional Meetings have started in 2019. Environment management representatives from Asahi Holdings (Australia), Asahi Europe, Asahi Breweries Europe and Etika Beverages participated this year and held workshops on environmental data.

In-Company Environmental Training

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 employees.
Targeting the environment representatives of domestic companies in the Group, the environment risk management seminar in 2018 discussed waste management.
Furthermore, major domestic companies of the Group 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.

  • photoThe Group's seminar on the management of environmental risk (for waste), held in 2018
  • photoA seminar for ISO 14001 internal inspectors of the Group, held in 2019

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 Staff responsible for environmental affairs for domestic companies November 2016 Approx. 110 Five hours
November 2017 Approx. 100 Five hours
November 2018 Approx. 100 Five hours
Training of ISO 14001 internal inspectors of the Group ISO 14001 environmental management Lectures, workshops and examinations ISO 14001 implementation representatives of domestic companies of the Group March 2019 (four times) Approx. 100 Seven hours
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Compliance with Environment-Related Laws and Regulations

Each factory of the Asahi Group not only complies with the 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.

List of Environment-related Laws and Regulations
1. Pollution/Energy/Land Usage
Environmental Basic Act
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
Energy Saving Act
Soil Contamination Counter-measures Act
Act on Improvement of Pollution Prevention System in Specified Factories
Act on Promotion of Global Warming Countermeasures
Act on Special Measures concerning the Conservation of the Environment of the Seto Inland Sea
Act on Compensation etc. of Pollution-related Health Damage
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
Home Appliance Recycling Act
Construction Recycling Act
Act on Promoting Green Purchasing
3. 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
Fluorocarbon Emission Control Act
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