Environmental Principles and Goals

Environmental Principles

With the establishment of the Asahi Group Philosophy, the Asahi Group renewed the content of the Asahi Group Environmental Principles.
The Asahi Group Environmental Principles define the attitudes to environment, disclosed by the Asahi Group as a corporate group that created most of the products with “gifts from nature.”
These principles are aimed at addressing environmental issues proactively, as all the employees in the Asahi Group follow these principles.

Asahi Group Environmental Vision 2050

The Asahi Group engages in business operations that utilize the gifts of nature, including water, crops and other cultivated raw ingredients. In our pursuit of the highest quality and continuous creation of delicious products that exceed customer expectations, we have summarized environmental risks and set new tasks and issues to be tackled. In 2019, coinciding with the implementation of the Asahi Group Philosophy, we have renewed our existing environmental vision with the establishment of the Asahi Group Environmental Vision 2050.

With this vision, the Asahi Group aims to achieve zero environmental impact (“Neutral”) in its business activities by 2050, and to leverage its proprietary technologies to create more environmental value in society (“Plus”). In this way, we will work towards the realization of a sustainable society hand in hand with the growth of our business operations.

Environmental Risks and Issues to Be Tackled
Environmental Risks and Issues to Be Tackled
Asahi Group Environmental Vision 2050: Overview
Asahi Group Environmental Vision 2050: Overview
Key Strategies, Targets (KPIs) and Initiatives for Achieving Them
Key StrategiesTargets (KPIs)Initiatives for Achieving KPIs
Respond to climate change (Asahi Carbon Zero)
  • 2030 target: Reduce CO2 emissions by 30% (in comparison with 2015)
  • 2050 target: Zero CO2 emissions (Carbon Neutral)
*Initiatives to begin with Japanese locations
  • Implementing further energy-saving initiatives
  • Proactively utilizing renewable energy
  • Reducing CO2 emissions in the value chain
Make sustainable use of resources
  • 2025 target: Domestic breweries (Water Neutral)
  • 2050 target: 100% sustainable use of resources (water, raw materials, containers and packaging)
*Initiatives to begin with Japanese locations
  • Reducing water consumption
  • Increasing groundwater recharging of water resources
  • Bolstering initiatives for sustainable procurement
Utilize microorganisms and fermentation technologies
  • Create new value by leveraging Group strengths
  • Resolving social issues in the agricultural field using the yeast cell wall business
  • Developing new materials utilizing by products
Process innovation
  • Create groundbreaking new technologies and systems
  • Developing fuel cell systems utilizing biogas
  • Developing sustainable containers and packaging

Containers & Packaging 2030 plan (Asahi Soft Drinks Co., Ltd.)

Asahi Soft Drinks Co., Ltd. formulated a Containers & Packaging 2030 plan for achieving the creation of sustainable containers and packaging, and defined the following three strategies, as targets to be achieved by 2030.

Key StrategiesTargets (KPIs) and Initiatives for Achieving Them
Use recycled PET and environmentally friendly materials Aim to make use of recycled PET and plant-derived environmentally friendly materials, etc., for 60% of the total volume of plastic containers and packaging (including PET bottles, labels, caps and plastic bottles) by 2030
Reduce Aim to reduce the volume of plastic containers and packaging, such as by expanding the use of label-less bottles
Develop new environmentally friendly containers Aim to research and develop non-plastic containers and new environmentally friendly materials
Related Information

Endorse Recommendations of the TCFD

Asahi Group Holdings, Ltd. supports for the recommendation of the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures' (TCFD) .As a supporter of the TCFD's recommendations, the Group will analyze the risks and opportunities that climate change poses to its businesses, respond accordingly, and disclose pertinent information.


Approach of Biodiversity

Since the Earth was came into being, it has given life over this long period of time to many different living things, including us humans, which have survived due to their links with each other.
The countless bounty that is provided by this biodiversity (ecosystem) is what supports our life and corporate activities.
For us to continue enjoying the bounty of biodiversity into the future, all of us who make up society must work together to protect biodiversity, and use this bounty in a sustainable manner so that it is not exhausted. As a part of society, businesses are also expected to take on important roles.
The Preservation of Biodiversity, which was adopted as a world treaty along with the Prevention of Global Warming at the Rio Earth Summit in 1992, is an essential theme for the preservation of the balance of our ecosystem on earth. To practice business activities that show sensitivity to biodiversity, the Asahi Group has put together philosophies and principles that will serve as the foundation of its biodiversity preservation activities. In March 2010, the Asahi Group has formulated and announced the Declaration on Biodiversity as the first of its kind in the domestic alcohol industry.

Asahi Group “Declaration on Biodiversity” Protect the gifts of nature

Each of Earth's diverse living things has its own role—and all live together in balance, depending on one another. Each of the things we need for our daily lives—including clean air and water, or delicious food and drink—are the gifts of nature, provided to us by the diversity of life. Because the business activities of the Asahi Group make use of nature's gifts, such as water and grain, we respect the diversity of life and work to preserve nature's bounty, nurturing it and passing it on to future generations.

Main Policies and Nine Action Guidelines under the Declaration on Biodiversity

Protect nature, which serves as the home of living things
  1. Protect the rich rivers and seas where species live
  2. Protect and nurture the rich forests where species live
  3. Create rich environments around our factories for living things to flourish
Use the gifts of nature with care
  1. Properly use the gifts of nature
  2. Use the gifts of nature more effectively
  3. Study the relationships within nature, and undertake research and development to make use of them well
Take action with people around the world
  1. Share this Declaration throughout the Asahi Group and put in efforts with our employees
  2. Make use of our products and services to clearly convey the importance of nature's gifts
  3. Take action globally and in cooperation with our business partners

*The “Declaration on Biodiversity” of the Asahi Group was formulated with reference to the Declaration on Biodiversity of the Nippon Keidanren (Japan Business Federation)