In order to accelerate initiatives aimed at achieving Asahi Carbon Zero, the Asahi Group is promoting the introduction and use of renewable energy.
By 2025, the Group aims to switch to renewable energy for the purchased electricity at all of its production sites in Japan as well as converting 62 of its 70 production plants (as of March 2022), including those overseas, which is approximately 90% of the total, to renewable energy.
Using Green Power to Achieve Cumulative Reduction of Approximately 116,000 tons in CO2 Emissions (Japan)
In 2007, Asahi Breweries, Ltd. introduced a solar power generation system at its Hakata Brewery that was one of the largest at any Japanese brewery at the time. In 2009, the company entered into an agreement with Japan Natural Energy Company Limited to buy 40 million kWh per year of green power generated by wind and biomass energy sources-the largest contract of its kind in Japan's food industry at the time-to brew beer-type beverages. These are just two of the advances the company has made in using green power.
Asahi Breweries, Ltd. has been advancing an initiative to use green power across all of its breweries to produce Asahi Super Dry (350 milliliter and 500 milliliter cans), the non-alcoholic beer-flavored beverage Asahi Dry Zero (350 milliliter can), and a range of beer gift sets. This initiative and the use of green power at the Asahi Group Holdings headquarters have contributed to a cumulative total reduction in CO2 emissions from 2009 to 2020 of approximately 116,000 tons.* The “Green Energy” label is on Asahi Super Dry 350 milliliter beer cans, product packaging, and gift set boxes to indicate that they are manufactured using green power.
* The CO2 emissions coefficient used is the latest, issued annually by the Federation of Electric Power Companies of Japan. (From 2016 onwards, the coefficient used is that provided by the Electric Power Council for a Low Carbon Society (ELCS)
Converting all Plants to Renewable Energy-Derived Electricity by 2025 (Europe)
Asahi Europe and International Ltd. has set a target of having all of its breweries powered solely by green electricity by 2025 and being carbon-neutral by 2030. Each brewery and malting house is pursuing its own initiatives to this end. The company's Polish breweries have already completed the transition to 100% green electricity, while its Romanian breweries aim to achieve this initial goal by 2023 and its Italian breweries and malting house by 2024. Lech, the company's leading premium brand of beer in Poland, states on its label that it is brewed only using wind power.
Purchasing Renewable Energy to Successfully Reduce Costs and Secure Power Over the Long Term (Oceania)
Asahi Holdings (Australia) Pty Ltd is purchasing renewable energy through corporate power purchase agreements (PPAs) as part of its efforts to reach zero CO2 emissions.
In 2019, Karadoc Solar Farm, one of the largest solar power plants in Victoria, Australia, officially commenced its operations and began supplying electricity to Carlton & United Breweries Pty. Ltd. (CUB), a subsidiary of Asahi Holdings (Australia) Pty Ltd. Built by Australian energy solutions provider BayWa r.e., the power plant covers an area of approximately 270 hectares and is equipped with 330,000 solar panels with an output of 112 MW. Upon the plant's completion, CUB entered into a 12-year PPA with BayWa r.e. to receive an annual supply of 74,000 MWh of electricity. Not only does this PPA allow CUB to procure renewable energy, it will also reduce purchasing costs and secure power supply over the long term, bringing the company much closer to its goal of sourcing 100% of its purchased electricity from renewable sources by 2025.
In 2020. Victoria Bitter, CUB's mainstay beer brand, was brewed using 100% solar power.
Expanding Introduction of Renewable Energy through Onsite PPA (Southeast Asia)
In 2020, Etika Beverages Sdn. Bhd. in Malaysia concluded a private power generation-type power purchase agreement, known as an on-site PPA, in 2020 and completed the installation of a solar power system on the roof of its plant in March 2022. It is expected to generate approximately 3GWh, or about 12% of the plant's annual electricity consumption, and reduce CO2 emissions by approximately 1,700 tons. Similar onsite PPAs are also being considered at Etika Dairies Sdn. Bhd., also in Malaysia, as well as Etika Dairies Indonesia and PT Etika Manufacturing Indonesia with plans to further expand the introduction of renewable energy in Southeast Asia in the future.