PerformanceCircular Economy

Waste Generation

The amount of by-products and waste generated in the Asahi Group in 2020 was calculated from the Group's operating companies in Japan, Europe and Oceania. It was down 4.7% versus the previous year for the same geographic areas and 2% in the operating companies in Japan versus 2019. The amount of recycling declined because of a drop in the total amount of by-products and waste, but the rate of recycling is similar to the 2019 figure.

Changes by Operating Business in the Volume of By-products and Waste Generated (Basic Unit)
Changes by Operating Business in the Volume of By-products and Waste Generated (Basic Unit)

*Net sales in accordance with the International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) was used for basic unit calculations from 2016.
*The area of analysis of by-products and waste generated included only Oceania up to 2018 and then Europe and Oceania in 2019.
*Scope of aggregation: Click here for more information.

Unit: kilotons

Business name 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
1. Alcoholic beverages business 231 260 243 211 202
2. Soft drinks business 40 40 38 39 43
3. Food business 6.1 6.4 5.8 4.9 4.6
4. Other businesses* 0.2 0.2 0.2 0.2 0.1
5. Overseas businesses 22 17 16 830 788
Total of items 1 to 5 299 324 303 1,086 1,038
Basic unit of by-products and waste generated (kg/million yen): per units of net sales 175 155 143 520 519

*Generated from production bases (factories)
*4. Other businesses include the building of the Asahi Group Holdings headquarters.
*Scope of aggregation: Click here for more information.

By-products and Waste Generated and Recycled by Region

Unit: kilotons

Region Content 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Japan Waste generated 277 307 287 255 250
Recycled 277 307 287 255 250
Recycled rate (%) 100 100 100 100 100
Oceania (Australia, New Zealand) Waste generated 22 17 16 13 10
Recycled 18 15 14 12 9
Recycled rate (%) 84 89 88 88 90
Europe (U.K., Italy, Netherlands, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Romania, Hungary, Poland) Waste generated - - - 817 775
Recycled - - - 798 757
Recycled rate (%) - - - 98 98

*Figures for by-products and waste generated in Europe are disclosed for 2019 onwards, due to a review of the definitions used.
*Scope of aggregation: Click here for more information.