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Our CSV Commitment The Environment

Reflecting environmental activities in our business strategies


Strengthen resilience and adaptive capacity to climaterelated hazards and natural disasters in all countries (Target:13.1)

Our Commitment 3.1
We will work to further reduce GHG emissions through various initiatives including the introduction of renewable energy.
Our story
Since COP3 was held in 1997, attention has been focused on ways to prevent global warming, and companies have been engaged in sincere efforts to reduce GHG emissions. More recently, in the Paris Agreement concluded at COP21 in 2015, it was confirmed that even greater efforts were required to reduce GHG emissions. Under this guidance, the Kirin Group is working to reduce its impact on global warming resulting from its production activities in its efforts to help prevent global warming.
Our approach
We will promote the introduction of renewable energy.
We will promote energy saving.
Our outcomes
Implement initiatives aiming to achieve medium-term GHG reduction targets based on the SBT (Science Based Targets) approach.
Increase the proportion of renewable energy (set target in 2017).

By 2030, substantially increase water-use efficiency across all sectors and ensure sustainable withdrawals and supply of freshwater to address water scarcity and substantially reduce the number of people suffering from water scarcity (Target:6.4)

Our Commitment 3.2
We will reduce water usage in production activities, and continuously preserve water sources.
Our story
Issues related to water resources differ significantly depending on the country, region, or year. However, for us as a provider of beverages, taking initiatives to address water resource conservation is extremely important. At the Kirin Group, we will continue to work on water-saving measures, study risks related to the water resources of each area, and promote appropriate water usage.
Our approach
We will promote water saving at our plants.
We will investigate major hydrographic vulnerability at our production sites.
We will continue to conserve water source areas.
Our outcomes
Reduce water usage (30% less in 2030 than in 2015). (Kyowa Hakko Kirin)
Continue conservation of water source areas including reforestation activities.

By 2030, ensure the conservation of mountain ecosystems, including their biodiversity, in order to enhance their capacity to provide benefits that are essential for sustainable development (Target:15.4)

Our Commitment 3.3
We will protect the natural environment and preserve the ecosystems surrounding our business sites as well as areas rich in raw materials.
Our story
There is a global need for environmentfriendly and sustainable agriculture. In Japan, meanwhile, woodlands are being lost and farmland is being abandoned due to the aging of farmers, and there is a real concern that such ecosystems are being affected. At the Kirin Group, we will go beyond country borders and work to protect the natural environment and biological diversity in production areas through our support of raw material production areas and by working together with producers.
Our approach
We will support black tea producers in Sri Lanka to acquire Rainforest Alliance certification. (Kirin Beverage)
We will restore rare/native animals and plants at the Mariko Vineyard. (Mercian)
We will improve the environment at the Tono hops farms and the surrounding areas, and enrich the environment's ecosystem. (Kirin Brewery)
Our outcomes
Improve the sustainability of farms in Sri Lanka.
Secure biodiversity in Japan's agricultural areas.

By 2030, achieve the sustainable management and efficient use of natural resources (Target:12.2)

By 2020, achieve the environmentally sound management of chemicals and all wastes throughout their life cycle, in accordance with agreed international frameworks, and significantly reduce their release to air, water and soil in order to minimize their adverse impacts on human health and the environment (Target:12.4)

Our Commitment 3.4
We will continue to reduce the weight of containers and packaging, and rely less on non-renewable resources and increase the sustainability of materials.
Our story
The focus on issues surrounding containers and packaging has changed over time, owing to historical context and social conditions, beginning with littering problems to the demand for recyclability and weight reduction. Today, the current focus regarding containers and packaging is on the sustainability of the raw materials themselves. The Kirin Group promotes various initiatives to improve the recyclability of containers and packaging, advocating its values to society as a whole while working to improve the sustainability of raw materials for containers and packaging.
Our approach
We will expand the use of recycled/sustainable materials, i.e., recycled PET, bioplastics, Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)-certified paper.
We will introduce Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) for selecting container raw materials at an early stage of container/ product development. (Lion)
Our outcomes
Maintain and expand the bottleto-bottle initiative (use of 100% recycled PET for certain products).
Study and promote the use of bioplastics.
Maintain and expand the use of FSC-certified paper for primary and secondary containers.
Increase the use of recyclable container raw materials:>90% by 2030. (Lion)
Increase the use of recycled packaging raw materials: >50% by 2030. (Lion)

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