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.
Moreover, this is not only limited to within the Asahi Group; 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.

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.

Changes in water consumption (total volume and basic unit)

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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Water Consumption Reduction Targets

In 2020, the Asahi Group set Group targets for unit water consumption.

Group Targets
Target businesses Target year Target value
All breweries and drink production plants (in Japan and overseas) 2030 3.2m3/kl or below

*Target companies: Asahi Breweries, Ltd., Asahi Soft Drinks Co., Ltd., Asahi Breweries Europe Ltd, Asahi Holdings (Australia) Pty Ltd, Asahi Group Holdings Southeast Asia Pte. Ltd.

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Actual water consumption in comparison with targets
Actual water consumption in comparison with targets

*Figures up to and including 2017 include Japan and Oceania.
*Figures for 2018 include Japan, Oceania and Europe.
*Figures for 2019 include Japan, Oceania, Europe and Southeast Asia.

Water consumption and basic units by business

Unit: km3

Business name 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
1. Alcoholic beverages business 14,598 14,565 14,491 14,006 13,541
2. Soft drinks business 7,824 7,932 7,818 7,267 7,435
3. Food business 1,341 1,240 1,243 1,333 1,140
4. Other businesses 170 162 172 171 164
5. Overseas businesses A 2,447 2,548 2,585 2,812 2,760
Total of businesses 1 to 5 (3 years or more) 26,380 26,446 26,308 25,589 25,040
6. Overseas businesses B - - - 13,034 15,252
Total of businesses 1 to 6 (all businesses) 26,380 26,446 26,308 38,623 40,292
Basic unit of water consumption
(m3/one million yen): per units of net sales
12.8 13.6 12.9 15.4 16.2

*Overseas businesses A includes businesses for which at least three successive years' worth of data has been collected (Oceania)
*Overseas businesses B includes businesses for which less than three years' worth of data has been collected (Europe and Southeast Asia)

Water consumption at major facilities in Japan

Unit: km3

Operation category Name of facility 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
Alcoholic beverages Hokkaido Brewery (Asahi Breweries) 327 328 336 317 312
Fukushima Brewery 1,612 1,640 1,536 1,557 1,543
Ibaraki Brewery 3,798 3,797 3,849 3,783 3,629
Kanagawa Brewery 712 714 698 643 614
Nagoya Brewery 1,639 1,622 1,525 1,524 1,485
Suita Brewery 2,098 2,271 2,242 2,078 2,028
Shikoku Brewery 921 762 604 643 663
Hakata Brewery 1,399 1,356 1,420 1,418 1,292
Yoichi Distillery (Nikka Whisky) 153 128 75 63 64
Hirosaki Plant 100 108 158 125 127
Miyagi Distillery 680 783 804 758 712
Tochigi Plant 21 23 30 36 38
Kashiwa Plant 357 358 319 242 254
Nishinomiya Plant 53 53 60 63 66
Moji Distillery 126 115 127 115 119
Satsuma Tsukasa Distillery 160 135 122 111 93
Sainte Neige Wine Co., Ltd. 174 143 152 146 157
Soft Drinks Hokuriku Factory 409 405 354 363 415
Fujisan Factory 1,269 1,245 1,243 1,290 1,194
Fujiyoshida Factory 316 288 371 552 1,850
Akashi Factory 1,676 1,745 1,718 1,784 467
Rokko Factory 420 396 424 415 634
Okayama Factory 841 878 848 845 780
Gunma Factory 2,266 2,355 2,311 1,987 2,071
Food Ibaraki Factory 6 5 4 5 3
Osaka Factory 38 39 42 33 22
Tochigi Koganei Factory 311 340 332 339 303
Tochigi Sakura Plant 329 289 305 336 304
Okayama Plant 337 324 295 287 270
Nippon Freeze Drying Co., Ltd. 248 165 193 253 165
Wako Food Industry Co., Ltd. 70 71 69 73 68
Water consumption by country

Unit: km3

Country 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
Japan 23,933 23,889 23,723 22,777 22,280
Australia 2,156 2,252 2,277 2,469 2,422
New Zealand 291 295 307 344 337
U.K. - - - 49 40
Italy - - - 1,983 2,099
The Netherlands - - - 948 918
Poland - - - 3,731 3,783
Czech Republic - - - 3,221 3,197
Slovakia - - - 349 363
Hungary - - - 778 718
Romania - - - 1,975 1,971
Malaysia - - - - 1,829
Indonesia - - - - 193
Vietnam - - - - 39
Myanmar - - - - 101
Total 26,380 26,436 26,307 38,623 40,292
Water intake by water source

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 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
Japan Clean water, tap water, and industrial water 12,830 12,872 12,709 12,572 12,177
River water 2,474 2,530 2,725 2,598 2,505
Groundwater 8,629 8,497 8,289 7,606 7,598
Oceania Clean water, tap water, and industrial water 1,972 1,961 1,978 2,287 2,294
River water 0 0 0 0 0
Groundwater 475 586 607 525 466
Europe Clean water, tap water, and industrial water - - - 7,015 7,083
River water - - - 0 0
Groundwater - - - 6,019 6,006
Southeast Asia Clean water, tap water, and industrial water - - - - 1,101
River water - - - - 0
Groundwater - - - - 1,062
Total by water intake source in Japan Clean water, tap water, and industrial water 14,803 14,834 14,688 21,875 22,655
River water 2,474 2,530 2,725 2,598 2,505
Groundwater 9,104 9,083 8,896 14,150 15,132
Grand total 26,380 26,446 26,308 38,623 40,292
Water intake by country and water source (2018, 2019)

Unit: km3

Country/Source Clean water and tap water Groundwater and well water River water Lake water Seawater Rainwater Total amount of water consumption
Japan 2018 12,572 7,606 2,596 0 0 2 22,777
2019 12,177 7,598 2,503 0 0 2 22,280
Australia 2018 1,943 525 0 0 0 0 2,469
2019 1,957 466 0 0 0 0 2,422
New Zealand 2018 344 0 0 0 0 0 344
2019 337 0 0 0 0 0 337
U.K. 2018 49 0 0 0 0 0 49
2019 40 0 0 0 0 0 40
Italy 2018 1,671 313 0 0 0 0 1,983
2019 1,817 281 0 0 0 0 2,099
The Netherlands 2018 16 931 0 0 0 0 948
2019 8 910 0 0 0 0 918
Poland 2018 2,614 1,117 0 0 0 0 3,731
2019 2,709 1,074 0 0 0 0 3,783
Czech Republic 2018 1,502 1,719 0 0 0 0 3,221
2019 1,710 1,487 0 0 0 0 3,197
Slovakia 2018 303 46 0 0 0 0 349
2019 313 51 0 0 0 0 363
Hungary 2018 0 778 0 0 0 0 778
2019 13 705 0 0 0 0 718
Romania 2018 860 1,115 0 0 0 0 1,975
2019 473 1,498 0 0 0 0 1,971
Malaysia 2019 1,062 767 0 0 0 0 1,829
Indonesia 2019 0 193 0 0 0 0 193
Vietnam 2019 39 0 0 0 0 0 39
Myanmar 2019 0 101 0 0 0 0 101
Total 2018 21,875 14,150 2,596 0 0 2 38,623
2019 22,655 15,132 2,503 0 0 2 40,292
Heat utilization through heat exchange by water source (2018, 2019)

Unit: km3

Country Groundwater and well water River water Seawater
Japan 2018 117 138 373
2019 124 159 374
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Wastewater Management

Wastewater and basic units by business

Unit: km3

Business name 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
1. Alcoholic beverages business 10,566 10,372 10,286 10,376 10,041
2. Soft drinks business 5,563 5,644 5,597 5,262 5,577
3. Food business 824 746 738 817 657
4. Other businesses 156 150 158 160 152
5. Overseas businesses A 699 985 987 1,355 1,432
Total of businesses 1 to 5 (3 years or more) 17,807 17,896 17,766 17,970 17,860
6. Overseas businesses B - - - 7,843 7,919
Total of businesses 1 to 6 (all businesses) 17,807 17,896 17,766 25,813 25,778
Basic unit of wastewater
(m3/one million yen): per units of net sales
8.7 9.2 8.7 10.3 10.4
Water consumption by country

Unit: km3

Country 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
Japan 17,108 16,912 16,779 16,615 16,428
Australia 694 790 801 1,128 1,218
New Zealand 5 194 186 227 214
U.K. - - - 32 27
Italy - - - 1,178 1,205
The Netherlands - - - 576 605
Poland - - - 2,238 2,298
Czech Republic - - - 1,953 1,825
Slovakia - - - 238 269
Hungary - - - 499 536
Romania - - - 1,128 1,154
Malaysia - - - - 502
Indonesia - - - - 165
Vietnam - - - - 23
Myanmar - - - - 72
Total 17,807 17,896 17,766 25,813 26,540
Wastewater amount by destination of wastewater

Unit: km3

Country/Region Destination of wastewater 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
Japan Sewer 8,191 8,197 8,410 8,055 7,782
Sea 985 800 567 641 702
River 7,932 7,915 7,802 7,918 7,944
Other (Irrigation) 0 0 0 0 0
Oceania Sewer 699 985 987 1,345 1,423
Sea 0 0 0 0 0
River 0 0 0 0 0
Other (Irrigation) 0 0 0 11 9
Europe Sewer - - - 7,689 7,452
Sea - - - 0 0
River - - - 154 467
Other (Irrigation) - - - 0 0
Southeast Asia Sewer - - - - 0
Sea - - - - 0
River - - - - 762
Other (Irrigation) - - - - 0
Total of water discharge Sewer 8,890 9,181 9,397 17,089 16,657
Sea 985 800 567 641 702
River 7,932 7,915 7,802 8,072 9,172
Other (Irrigation) 0 0 0 11 9
Total 17,807 17,896 17,766 25,813 26,540
Wastewater amount by country and destination of wastewater (2018, 2019)

Unit: km3

Country/Destination of wastewater Sewer Public water area Underground Other (Irrigation) Total wastewater amount
Sea River Lake
Japan 2018 8,055 641 7,918 0 0 0 16,615
2019 7,782 702 7,944 0 0 0 16,428
Australia 2018 1,128 0 0 0 0 0 1,128
2019 1,208 0 0 0 0 9 1,218
New Zealand 2018 217 0 0 0 0 11 227
2019 214 0 0 0 0 0 214
U.K. 2018 32 0 0 0 0 0 32
2019 27 0 0 0 0 0 27
Italy 2018 1,057 0 122 0 0 0 1,178
2019 1,084 0 121 0 0 0 1,205
The Netherlands 2018 576 0 0 0 0 0 576
2019 605 0 0 0 0 0 605
Poland 2018 2,238 0 0 0 0 0 2,238
2019 2,298 0 0 0 0 0 2,298
Czech Republic 2018 1,920 0 33 0 0 0 1,953
2019 1,480 0 345 0 0 0 1,825
Slovakia 2018 238 0 0 0 0 0 238
2019 269 0 0 0 0 0 269
Hungary 2018 499 0 0 0 0 0 499
2019 536 0 0 0 0 0 536
Romania 2018 1,128 0 0 0 0 0 1,128
2019 1,154 0 0 0 0 0 1,154
Malaysia 2019 0 0 502 0 0 0 502
Indonesia 2019 0 0 165 0 0 0 165
Vietnam 2019 0 0 23 0 0 0 23
Myanmar 2019 0 0 72 0 0 0 72
Total 2018 17,089 641 8,072 0 0 11 25,813
2019 16,657 702 9,172 0 0 9 26,540
Organizations covered
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