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Environmental Achievements

Material Balance

Total Environmental Burden generated with Business Activities

The Asahi Group grasps the environmental burden that is generated as a result of its business activities and takes initiatives to reduce the environmental burden.

Material Balance
Material Balance
INPUT 2017 2018 2019 2020
Category Item
Energy Fuel/Heat(GJ) 6,438,000 6,252,000 6,289,000 5,857,000
Electric Power(GJ) 3,486,000 3,319,000 3,141,000 3,096,000
Total(GJ) 9,924,000 9,571,000 9,430,000 8,953,000
Breakdown of
principal items
City Gas(㎥) 109,909,000 106,508,000 109,011,000 100,485,000
Liquefied natural gas
9,530 9,570 9,497 9,361
A-grade heavy oil(KL) 8,904 8,431 6,610 6,271
Purchased electric power
357,553,000 340,526,000 322,177,000 318,463,000
Water Water(㎥) 23,723,000 22,777,000 22,280,000 20,584,000
Ingredient beer-type beverages(tons) 338,000 283,000 271,000 255,000
soft drinks(tons) 237,000 264,000 283,000 263,000
Container and packaging materials beer-type beverages(tons) 325,000 297,000 278,000 184,000
soft drinks(tons) 187,000 143,000 129,000 133,000
OUTPUT 2017 2018 2019 2020
Category Item
Greenhouse gases CO2(tons) 528,000 495,000 469,000 447,000
Atmospheric emissions NOX(tons) 151 157 215 179
SOX(tons) 12 14 18 13
Volume of wastewater Volume of wastewater(㎥) 16,779,000 16,615,000 16,428,000 15,312,000
Drainage water quality* BOD(tons) - - 354.7 294.6
COD(tons) - - 125.3 92.3
By-Products and
waste materials
Generated volume(tons) 307,000 287,000 257,000 250,000
Recycled volume(tons) 307,000 287,000 257,000 250,000
Recycling rate(%) 100 100 100 100

*Scope of aggregation: Asahi Group companies in Japan
*Target period: 2020 January - December
*The definition of drainage water quality has been revised and calculated from 2019.

Environmental Accounting

Environmental Preservation Cost

Unit: million yen

Classification Content of major
2017 2018 2019 2020
Investment amount Amount of cost Investment amount Amount of cost Investment amount Amount of cost Investment amount Amount of cost
  1. Cost incurred by business areas*1
2,239 6,552 2,030 6,759 2,703 6,267 1,403 6,258
Breakdown ① Pollution
prevention cost
  • Atmospheric pollution, water quality pollution prevention activity
  • Maintenance and inspection of pollution prevention equipment
  • Analysis and measurement of atmosphere and water quality
653 2,474 577 2,796 1,441 2,550 879 2,665
② Global environment
preservation cost
  • Prevention of Ozone layer destruction (elimination of CFC)
  • Energy-saving activities
953 1,771 1,007 1,600 720 1,566 306 1,506
③ Resource circulation cost
  • Recycling of waste generated at factories
  • Recycling promotion activity
  • Installation of waste processing equipment
633 2,307 446 2,363 542 2,151 218 2,087
  1. Upstream and downstream cost*2
  • Promotion and support of recycling activity (e.g. commission fee for the reuse of containers and wrapping as products)
  • Green purchase, purchasing of green power
- 549 - 761 - 520 - 617
  1. Managing activity cost*3
  • Maintenance of ISO 14001/EA21
  • Implementation of environmental audit
  • Implementation of environmental education
- 428 - 361 - 484 - 437
  1. Research and
    development cost*4
  • Research and development in relation to the environment
32 177 47 249 40 255 213 1,900
  1. Social activity cost*5
  • Environmental beautification activities, pollution charges
  • Operational cost of Asahi Forest
  • Donation to and advertisement of environmental protection organizations, etc.
- 220 - 224 - 444 - 476
  1. Environmental
    damage cost*6
- - - - - - - -
Total value 2,271 7,926 2,077 8,353 2,743 7,970 1,616 9,688
Economic Effect as a Result of Measures Taken for Environmental Preservation

Unit: million yen

Content of effect 2017 2018 2019 2020
Total amount of sales of valuable items due to recycling of waste 291 279 265 225
Amount of expenditure reduction due to energy saving policies 104 142 273 119

*Scope of aggregation: Asahi Breweries, Ltd., Asahi Soft Drinks Co., Ltd.
*Target period: 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020 (all from January 1 to December 31)

*1The environmental preservation cost to hold down the environmental burden that is generated within the area of businesses as a result of main business activities
*2The environmental preservation cost to hold down the environmental burden that is generated upstream or downstream of the main business activities due to those activities
*3The environmental preservation cost concerning management activities
*4The environmental preservation cost within research and development activity
*5The environmental preservation cost concerning social activities
*6Cost in response to environmental damage

Environmental Audits

The Asahi Group has external environmental audits conducted by external certification bodies based on ISO 14001 or the Eco Action 21 environmental management system. Internal environmental audits by internal audit teams are also conducted periodically in the individual business units in Japan.
Aside from these audits, audit divisions of head offices in the Asahi Group companies periodically conduct internal audits to ensure the validity of environmental activities in our business locations.

Head Office Audits (2020)

Audit Scope (Japan)
Group CompaniesAsahi Breweries, Ltd.
Asahi Draft Marketing Co., Ltd.
Enoteca Co., Ltd.
Nadaman Co., Ltd.
Asahi Food Create, Ltd.
Asahi Soft Drinks Co., Ltd.
Asahi Soft Drinks Sales Co., Ltd.
Michinoku, Ltd.
Kyushu Asahi Soft Drink Sales Co., Ltd.
Asahi Orion Soft Drinks Co., Ltd.
Asahi Group Foods, Ltd.
Nippon Freeze Drying Co., Ltd.
Wako Food Industry Co., Ltd.
Asahi Logi Ltd.
Asahi Calpis Wellness Co., Ltd.
Audit Results (Environmental Management)
Follow-through requiring more than improvement39 cases
Major follow-through issuesImproper waste-related (contracts, manifests etc.) management methods: 17 cases
Flaw in the procedure for management of environmental facility (including wastewater processing): 0 cases
Flaw in Freon-related control procedures: 9 cases
Other improper environmental law-related response/management: 13 cases

Occurrence of Major Accidents and Violations

At the Asahi Group, in fiscal 2020 there were no major accidents or violations affecting the environment concerning water quality and hazardous chemical substances, etc. None of our operating companies in Japan were subject to environment-related fines or penalties in fiscal 2020.

  • Number of major accidents: 0

Environmental Awards and Certifications

Over the years, the Asahi Group has received various environment-related awards and certifications.

Asahi Group Highly Regarded in a Survey Conducted by CDP

In the 2020 survey conducted by CDP, an international non-profit organization, included Asahi Group Holdings in its A-List (the highest rating) in the “climate change” categories for the third successive year, following on from its selection in 2019. The Asahi Group was also certified “Leaderboard,” the highest rating in the Supplier Engagement Evaluation conducted by CDP. This inclusion is considered to be in recognition of the Group's efforts such as in establishing new targets with regard to climate change in the form of the Asahi Carbon Zero initiative, manufacturing products with the use of renewable energy, selling unlabeled bottles, introducing fuel cells with biogas and continuously taking on challenges and making innovations to achieve these objectives and third-party verification of data.


Wins Bronze Award in Two Divisions of the 2nd ESG Finance Awards Japan

Organized by the Ministry of the Environment, ESG Finance Awards Japan (Japanese Only) recognizes and commends the activities of investors and financial institutions that are aggressively committed to ESG financing and green projects and that have had a great impact on the environment and society, as well as activities of companies that incorporate environment-related important opportunities and risks into their business strategies to enhance their corporate value and successfully generate corporate value while reducing their impact on the environment.
At the 2nd ESG Finance Awards Japan, the Asahi Group won the bronze award in two divisions including the fundraisers’ division and environmentally sustainable companies' division.

Company Organizing Body Date Details
Asahi Group Holdings, Ltd. CDP February 2021 Certified as Leaderboard, the highest rating in CDP's Supplier Engagement Evaluation (Japanese only)
Asahi Group Holdings, Ltd. Ministry of the Environment February 2021 Won the bronze award in the fundraisers' division of ESG Finance Awards Japan
Asahi Group Holdings, Ltd. Ministry of the Environment February 2021 Won the bronze award in the environmentally sustainable companies' division of ESG Finance Awards Japan
Asahi Group Holdings, Ltd. CDP January 2021 Included in the A-list after a CDP survey for the results on “climate change” for a third successive year
Asahi Biocycle Co., Ltd. The Japan Food Journal Co., Ltd. November 2020 Won the 29th Food Safety and Environmental Contribution Award
Asahi Biocycle Co., Ltd. National Institute for Environmental Studies
Nikkan Kogyo Shimbun, Ltd.
April 2020 Won the Environment Minister's Award, the highest rating, at the 47th Environmental Awards (Japanese only)
Asahi Group Holdings, Ltd. CDP February 2020 Included in the A-list after a CDP survey for the results on “climate change” and “water security” for a second successive year
Asahi Group Holdings, Ltd. Nikkei Inc. December 2018 Won the 2018 Nikkei Global Environmental Technology Award of Excellence for the development of power generation technologies using a solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) and wastewater from breweries
Asahi Group Holdings, Ltd. Development Bank of Japan (DBJ) January 2018 Top rank in DBJ Environmental Ranking

Third-Party Verification

The Asahi Group considers that centralizing environment-related information and data throughout the Asahi Group including its overseas companies and disclosing information in a way that is very transparent and reliable and is assured by a third party are indispensable. The Asahi Group receives third-party verification of the amounts of greenhouse gas emissions (Scope 1, 2 and 3), energy consumption, water consumption and wastewater discharge, which are especially important. It acquires assurance statements from Lloyd’s Register Quality Assurance Limited (LRQA), the verifying organization.

Acquisition of Third-Party Verification
Item Applicable standards Organization receiving verification Verification
started in:
Greenhouse gas emissions (Scope 1 and 2) ISAE3000 ISO14064-3 Asahi Group companies in Japan 2014
Asahi Group companies in Oceania 2015
Asahi Group companies in Europe 2018
Asahi Group companies in Southeast Asia 2019
Greenhouse gas emissions (Scope 3) ISAE3000 ISO14064-3 Asahi Breweries, Ltd. and Asahi Soft Drinks Co., Ltd. 2015
Asahi Group companies in Europe and Oceania 2020
Energy consumption ISAE3000 Asahi Group companies in Japan, Europe and Oceania 2018
Asahi Group companies in Southeast Asia 2019
Water consumption and wastewater discharge ISAE3000 Asahi Group companies in Japan, Europe and Oceania 2018
Asahi Group companies in Southeast Asia 2019
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