The KIRIN Group, based on the scenario analysis conducted on TCFD recommendations, reaffirmed that climate change associated with global warming will have a serious impact on the biological resources and water resources that are important raw materials for the Kirin Group. Given these analysis results, we set an ambitious target to “realize Net-Zero GHG emissions from the entire value chain” in its new Environmental Vision 2050, which far exceeds the target of the previous Long-Term Environmental Vision. We will lead to build a decarbonized society.
In 2009, the Kirin Group declared the lofty target of halving our CO2 emissions from its entire value chain by 2050 compared with those of 1990. In 2017, we set new GHG reduction targets for the total of Scope 1 and Scope 2 emissions, and Scope 3 emissions, by 30% compared with those of 2015 by the end of 2030, and we have been taking action toward the target.
This target is the first food industry case in Japan approved by Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi).
We have been working actively to reduce GHG emissions from our entire value chain. In the upstream of our business, we introduced the in-house production of PET bottles and the domestic bottling of imported wine. In our production, we converted the fuel from oil to gas and introduced advanced technologies such as co-generation and heat pump. In the downstream logistics, we propelled modal shift and joint deliveries with our competitors.
In the introduction of renewable energy, we are promoting use of wastewater biogas to generate electricity and purchase of CO2-free electricity derived from hydroelectric power generation. In Australia, we are aiming to realize its production with 100% renewable electricity by 2025.
In Environmental Vision 2050, our new long-term environmental strategy we announced this year, we commit to “realize Net-Zero GHG in the entire value chain” by 2050. We will raise our GHG reduction target to SBT 1.5°C standard, achieve RE100 prior to 2050, and lead to build a decarbonized society.
|Realize Net-Zero GHG emission from the entire value chain.||
Kirin Brewery is steadily installing heat pump systems in the aim of shifting our energy sources from fossil fuels to electric power. Kyowa Kirin has introduced hydroelectric power.
The Kirin Group has made steady progress toward meeting the GHG emissions reduction targets set in its CSV Commitment, achieving an 8.5% reduction in combined Scope1 + Scope2 emissions, and 12.7% reduction in Scope3 from the 2015 levels in 2019.
Kirin Brewery set a target of increasing the ratio of renewable energy in power purchased by its breweries to 50% by 2030. The ratio in 2019 was 15%.
Lion acquired its first large-scale carbon neutral certification in Australia in May 2020.
|Lead to build a decarbonized society.||The Kirin Group has signed the Business Ambition for 1.5°C and Uniting Business and Governments to Recover Better in response to the efforts for the 1.5°C future and promoting green recovery. Fermentist, a craft brewery in New Zealand, has launched Kiwi Pale Ale, the country's first carbon-free certified beer. Fermentist is working to reduce GHG emissions from its production process and utilize offset program for the balance to realize carbon neutral throughout the lifecycle of the product, from fertilizers used to grow crops to refrigeration at the homes of consumers.|
Trends of GHG emission from entire value chain*
Trends of GHG emissions against medium-term targets
* The emissions are calculated in the same range as the target approved by SBTi.
|Direct emissions from corporate activities
(Scope 1 + Scope 2)
(Emissions from use of fuel)
(Emissions related to purchase of power and steam)
|Transport - Upstream
|Transport - Downstream
(Category 11, 12)
(Category 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8, 10, 13, 14, 15)
|Emissions from entire value chain
(Scope 1 + Scope 2 + Scope 3)
Trend in value chain greenhouse gas emissions*
Greenhouse emissions by business (2019) (thousand tCO2e)
Energy use by business (2019)
Total direct emissions (Scope 1+2) and intensity (emissions/sales revenue)
Direct emissions (Scope 1+2) and intensity (emissions/production) of Lion
Direct emissions (Scope 1+2) and intensity (emissions/sales revenue) of entire Kyowa Kirin Group (global, Kyowa Hakko Bio)
Direct emissions (Scope 1+2) and intensity (emissions/production) of Kirin Brewery
Biogas generation and power generation by Kirin Brewery’s
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