Reduction of Water Use and Wastewater Management

Reduction in Water Use

Our Basic Policy on Water Resources Preservation

The Asahi Group uses many gifts of nature in its business activities. Water, one of these natural resources, is widely used in our business, particularly for cultivation of crops and cleaning of production equipment. Water is an essential production resource without which our business cannot operate. The Asahi Group is committed to efficient water usage at all sites, as well as to strategies for reducing the environmental burden associated with our water intake and wastewater output.
Furthermore, this is not only limited to within the Asahi Group, but it is also actively working toward the conservation of sustainable water resources through its business activities, such as water resource management across the entire supply chain.

Changes in water consumption (total volume and basic unit)
Changes in water consumption (total volume and basic unit)

Our initiatives for reducing water use include reducing the amount of water being used in the cleaning and sterilization of tanks and pipes at our plants, and effectively using water reclaimed from our processes.
In addition, starting from 2018, the Asahi Group will disclose water consumption and wastewater amount data that have been third-party verified.

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Changes in water consumption (total volume and basic unit)
Changes in water consumption (total volume and 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 overseas water intake included only Oceania up to 2017 and then Oceania and Europe in 2018.

Water consumption and basic units by business

Unit: km3

Business name 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
1. Alcoholic beverages business 14,548 14,598 14,565 14,491 14,006
2. Soft drinks business 7,515 7,824 7,932 7,818 7,267
3. Food business 1,386 1,341 1,240 1,243 1,333
4. Other businesses 167 170 162 172 171
5. Overseas businesses 2,279 2,447 2,548 2,585 15,846
Total of items 1 to 5 25,895 26,380 26,446 26,308 38,623
Basic unit of water consumption
(m3/one million yen): per units of net sales
12.8 12.8 13.6 12.9 15.4
Water consumption at major domestic facilities

Unit: km3

Operation category Name of facility 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
Alcoholic beverages Hokkaido Brewery 343 327 328 336 317
Fukushima Brewery 1,721 1,612 1,640 1,536 1,557
Ibaraki Brewery 3,877 3,798 3,797 3,849 3,783
Kanagawa Brewery 688 712 714 698 643
Nagoya Brewery 1,686 1,639 1,622 1,525 1,524
Suita Brewery 2,194 2,098 2,271 2,242 2,078
Shikoku Brewery 573 921 762 604 643
Hakata Brewery 1,356 1,399 1,356 1,420 1,418
Yoichi Distillery 184 153 128 75 63
Hirosaki Plant 94 100 108 158 125
Miyagi Distillery 705 680 783 804 758
Tochigi Plant 17 21 23 30 36
Kashiwa Plant 356 357 358 319 242
Nishinomiya Plant 51 53 53 60 63
Moji Distillery 121 126 115 127 115
Satsuma Tsukasa Distillery 128 160 135 122 111
Sainte Neige Wine Co., Ltd. 170 174 143 152 146
Soft Drinks Hokuriku Factory 397 409 405 354 363
Fujisan Factory 1,103 1,269 1,245 1,243 1,290
Fujiyoshida Factory 268 316 288 371 552
Akashi Factory 1,715 1,676 1,745 1,718 1,784
Rokko Factory 413 420 396 424 415
Okayama Factory 653 841 878 848 845
Gunma Factory 2,335 2,266 2,355 2,311 1,987
Food Ibaraki Factory 4 6 5 4 5
Osaka Factory 38 38 39 42 33
Tochigi Koganei Factory 306 311 340 332 339
Tochigi Sakura Plant 349 329 289 305 336
Okayama Plant 359 337 324 295 287
Nippon Freeze Drying Co., Ltd. 203 248 165 193 253
Wako Food Industry Co., Ltd. 82 70 71 69 73
Water consumption by country

Unit: km3

Country 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
Japan 23,615 23,933 23,889 23,723 22,777
Australia 1,987 2,156 2,252 2,277 2,469
New Zealand 293 291 295 307 344
U.K. - - - - 49
Italy - - - - 1,983
The Netherlands - - - - 948
Poland - - - - 3,731
Czech Republic - - - - 3,221
Slovakia - - - - 349
Hungary - - - - 778
Romania - - - - 1,975
Total 25,895 26,380 26,436 26,307 38,623
Water intake by water source (2018)

From 2018, the Asahi Group discloses data about the Group's water consumption and wastewater output, which has been verified by a third party.

Unit: km3

Country/Region Water intake source 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
Domestic Clean water, tap water, and industrial water 12,781 12,830 12,872 12,709 12,572
River water 2,309 2,474 2,530 2,725 2,598
Groundwater 8,525 8,629 8,497 8,289 7,606
Oceania Clean water, tap water, and industrial water 1,895 1,972 1,961 1,978 2,287
River water 0 0 0 0 0
Groundwater 384 475 586 607 525
Europe Clean water, tap water, and industrial water - - - - 7,015
River water - - - - 0
Groundwater - - - - 6,019
Total by water intake source Clean water, tap water, and industrial water 14,677 14,803 14,834 14,688 21,875
River water 2,309 2,474 2,530 2,725 2,598
Groundwater 8,909 9,104 9,083 8,896 14,150
Grand total 25,895 26,380 26,446 26,308 38,623
Water intake by country and water source (2018)

Unit: km3

Country/Source Clean water, tap water, and industrial water Groundwater and well water River water Lake water and seawater Rainwater Total amount of water consumption
Japan 12,572 7,606 2,596 0 2 22,777
Australia 1,943 525 0 0 0 2,469
New Zealand 344 0 0 0 0 344
U.K. 49 0 0 0 0 49
Italy 1,671 313 0 0 0 1,983
The Netherlands 16 931 0 0 0 948
Poland 2,614 1,117 0 0 0 3,731
Czech Republic 1,502 1,719 0 0 0 3,221
Slovakia 303 46 0 0 0 349
Hungary 0 778 0 0 0 778
Romania 860 1,115 0 0 0 1,975
Total 21,875 14,150 2,596 0 2 38,623
Heat utilization through heat exchange by water source (2018)

Unit: km3

Country Groundwater and well water River water Seawater
Japan 117 138 373
Organizations covered

Wastewater management

Changes in Reduction of Wastewater
Changes in Reduction of Wastewater

*Net sales in accordance with the International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) was used for basic unit calculations from 2016.
*The area of analysis of overseas wastewater amount included only Oceania up to 2017 and then Oceania and Europe in 2018.

Wastewater and basic units by business

Unit: km3

Business name 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
1. Alcoholic beverages business 10,442 10,566 10,372 10,286 10,376
2. Soft drinks business 5,451 5,563 5,644 5,597 5,262
3. Food business 787 824 746 738 817
4. Other businesses 158 156 150 158 160
5. Overseas businesses 760 699 985 987 9,198
Total of items 1 to 5 17,598 17,807 17,896 17,766 25,813
Basic unit of wastewater
(m3/one million yen): per units of net sales
8.7 8.7 9.2 8.7 10.3
Water consumption by country

Unit: km3

Country 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
Japan 16,838 17,108 16,912 16,779 16,615
Australia 753 694 790 801 1,128
New Zealand 7 5 194 186 227
U.K. - - - - 32
Italy - - - - 1,178
The Netherlands - - - - 576
Poland - - - - 2,238
Czech Republic - - - - 1,953
Slovakia - - - - 238
Hungary - - - - 499
Romania - - - - 1,128
Total 17,598 17,807 17,896 17,766 25,813
Wastewater amount by destination of wastewater (2018)

Unit: km3

Country/Region Destination of wastewater 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
Domestic Sewer 8,477 8,191 8,197 8,410 8,055
Sea 603 985 800 567 641
River 7,759 7,932 7,915 7,802 7,918
Other (Irrigation) 0 0 0 0 0
Oceania Sewer 760 699 985 987 1,345
Sea 0 0 0 0 0
River 0 0 0 0 0
Other (Irrigation) 0 0 0 0 11
Europe Sewer - - - - 7,689
Sea - - - - 0
River - - - - 154
Other (Irrigation) - - - - 0
Total of water discharge Sewer 9,236 8,890 9,181 9,397 17,089
Sea 603 985 800 567 641
River 7,759 7,932 7,915 7,802 8,072
Other (Irrigation) 0 0 0 0 11
Total 17,598 17,807 17,896 17,766 25,813
Wastewater amount by country and destination of wastewater (2018)

Unit: km3

Country/Destination of wastewater Sewer Public water area Underground Other (Irrigation) Total wastewater amount
Sea River Lake
Japan 8,055 641 7,918 0 0 0 16,615
Australia 1,128 0 0 0 0 0 1,128
New Zealand 217 0 0 0 0 11 227
U.K. 32 0 0 0 0 0 32
Italy 1,057 0 122 0 0 0 1,178
The Netherlands 576 0 0 0 0 0 576
Poland 2,238 0 0 0 0 0 2,238
Czech Republic 1,920 0 33 0 0 0 1,953
Slovakia 238 0 0 0 0 0 238
Hungary 499 0 0 0 0 0 499
Romania 1,128 0 0 0 0 0 1,128
Total 17,089 641 8,072 0 0 11 25,813
Organizations covered
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