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Water ResourcesMajior Initiatives

We will create together
A society that values sustainable water resources

Basic Thinking

For the Kirin Group, as well as being a basic raw material, water is also an essential resource in growing the agricultural products that are our ingredients. In addition, water is an indispensable resource for washing our production equipment. However, our scenario analysis based on the TCFD recommendations shows that water resources in the locations and catchment areas of our business sites and in agricultural production regions are significantly affected by climate change. The Kirin Group recognizes that water resources are shared resources and are closely related to the society, culture, and human rights of people living in basins. We are also aware that water resources are unevenly distributed around the earth, and different countries and regions have different risks associated with water. With this recognition, we are taking appropriate measures based on the circumstances of each region.

Overview of Approaches

The Kirin Group has been continuously working to achieve sustainable use of water resources through such measures as major water savings by using a cascading system of water use and installing advanced industrial water treatment equipment. We are also continuing to lead the industry in forest conservation activities to protect water sources at our breweries in Japan. Kirin Brewery has reduced its water consumption rate by approximately 50% compared to 1990 levels, and has achieved the world's highest level of water conservation in Australia, where water stress is high. At the same time, we have long understood that water resource issues vary from country to country and region. In 2014, we identified the amount of water used in the upstream of our value chain and conducted water risk surveys at our global business sites. The results were disclosed in 2015. Subsequently, in 2017, we conducted water risk assessments in the catchment areas that the Kirin Group’s 44 business locations in nine countries rely on, and in the production regions of our major agricultural ingredients. In 2019, we identified water risks in greater detail in major agricultural production areas as part of our scenario analysis. The Kirin Group’s new long-term strategy called Environmental Vision 2050, announced this year, calls for solving water issues in accordance with the characteristics of catchment areas in each business location. Already, in 2018, we began water source conservation activities in Sri Lankan tea farms as well as providing education programs to residents in basins there about the importance of water. We are also considering expanding these initiatives to other raw material production regions.

Business Location Water Risk Assessment

Highlights of Outcomes

Challenges Progress
Bring water, used as a raw material, to a sustainable state. In 2019, Kirin Brewery reduced its industrial water use by 64% and its water consumption rate by 49% compared to 1990 levels. The same year, the Kyowa Kirin Group worldwide including Kyowa Hakko Bio reduced its industrial water use by 23% and its water consumption rate by 26% compared to 2015 levels. Although Myanmar Brewery’s industrial water use rose by 21% compared to 2015 in 2019, its water consumption rate fell by 25%.
We continued our Water Source Forestation Activities in 12 locations across Japan, with 1,192 people participating.
Solve problems with water in a way that suits the characteristics of basin regions where our business bases are located. In 2018, we began activities to conserve water sources in tea farms in Sri Lanka. Water sources in highlands are the source of many rivers in coastal cities, making our activities important for all surrounding basins. In Japan, we were able to minimize the impact of typhoon No. 15 and No. 19 in 2019, despite the severe damages they inflicted on the country, because we had been quick to prepare a counter-disaster manual based on the lessons learned from our previous experience with the disruption of the distribution networks caused by the 2018 West Japan Torrential Rain Disaster. Furthermore, in 2019, we proceeded with our efforts as part of the scenario analysis to identify water risks and water stresses in major raw material production areas in more detail.


Water Graphs

Water use and consumption rate (water use/sales revenue) of entire Group

Water use and consumption rate (water use/production volume) of Kirin Brewery

Water use and consumption rate (water use/production volume) of Lion

Water use and consumption rate (water use/sales revenue) of Kyowa Kirin Group worldwide including Kyowa Hakko Bio

Cyclical water use and cyclical use ratio (cyclical use/ (tap water use + cyclical use)) of entire Group


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