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Climate Change Measures

Preventing Global Warming

An ongoing stable supply of products will be difficult if the effects of global warming more drastically change the climate patterns as well as greatly impact water resources, which are crucial for soft drink manufacturers. The Suntory Group recognizes global warming as one of the major challenges in business continuity due to the potential risk for great increases in production costs caused by a depletion of resources. Therefore, we need to unify as a Group to prevent global warming with the goal of reducing the environmental impact throughout the entire value chain by joining the environmental efforts of governments and local municipalities and by supporting public policy and regulations aimed to mitigate global warming.
Initiatives to combat global warming are debated at Global Communication Meetings under the guidance of the executives in charge. These iniatives are approved on an annual basis and are overseen by the Board of Directors.

Reducing CO2 Emissions throughout the Value Chain

We have set challenges for each division to reduce CO2 emissions throughout the value chain related to our domestic operations, from raw material procurement, manufacture, distribution, sales to recycling. We are striving to meet the targets set for 2030 for a 25% reduction in Scope 1 and Scope 2 emissions and a 20% reduction of Scope 3 emissions throughout the entire Suntory Group worldwide.

2017 Results

With the globalization of business, we are advancing to identify the results in each area.

Scope 1/Scope 2 emissions

Area Emissions (thousand tons) Per unit reduction rate*
Japan 453 0.3% increase
Americas 220 2.3% reduction
Europe 121 0.5% increase
Asia 126 3.6% reduction
Oceania 22 9.3% reduction
Total 941kL (Scope 1: 560kL; Scope 2: 381kL) 1.0% reduction
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    Data covers 25 production plants in Japan and 56 production plants overseas, and non-production sites in Japan (group sites, R&D facilities, sales sites, restaurants, and business development sites).
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    The above emissions do not take into account the emissions offset by purchasing carbon credits. If the offset emissions, which are approximately 10,000 tons, are taken into account, the total of Scope 1 and Scope 2 emissions will be 928 thousand tons in 2017. (Carbon credits we purchased were generated from projects, such as a project using charcoal made from renewable biomass woodland for reducing agent in pig iron production plant in Brazil supported by the BioCarbon Fund of the World Bank.)
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    CO2 emissions per unit production are the amount of emissions per kiloliter produced; the rate of reduction is shown as a comparison to the previous year
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    Calculation coefficient for GHG gas emissions is as follows:
    Fuel: Coefficients specified in the GHG Emissions Accounting and Reporting Manual (used for calculating emissions in Japan and overseas)
    CO2 from electricity:
    (Japan) Adjusted emission factor of each power company
    (Overseas) IEA2007 emission factor for each country
    GHG other than CO2:
    (25 plants in Japan) Coefficients specified in the GHG Emissions Accounting and Reporting Manual
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    Of which, CO2 emissions from the Suntory Beverage & Food Group are 478 thousand tonskL (Scope 1: 245 thousand tonskL Scope 2: 234 thousand tonskL). The total does not match the sum of Scope 1 and Scope 2 emissions due to rounding.
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    The change in the amount of emissions from the base year 2015 was a 0.4% decrease.
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    The total may not match the sum of each figure due to rounding.
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    From FY2016, Suntory has received independent assurance from KPMG AZSA Sustainability Co., Ltd. The numerical values assured are indicated with kL.

Scope 3 Emissions (Suntory Beverage & Food Ltd.; Japan)

Category Emissions (Thousand tons) Calculation Method
1. Purchased goods and services 960kL Calculated by multiplying the weight of purchased raw materials and packages for products produced and sold by the Suntory Beverage & Food Group (Japan) by emissions coefficients.
2. Capital Goods 90 Calculated by multiplying the amount of capital expenditure of the Suntory Beverage & Food Group (Japan) by emissions coefficients.
3. Fuel-and energy-related activities not included in Scope 1 or 2 30 Calculated by multiplying the amount of energy consumed of Suntory Beverage & Food Group companies in Japan by corresponding emissions coefficients.
4. Upstream transportation and distribution 91 Calculated by multiplying the transportation volume in tons-km of goods owned by Suntory Beverage & Food Group companies in Japan by corresponding emissions coefficients.
5. Waste generated in operations 7 Calculated by multiplying the weight of waste disposed by Suntory Beverage & Food Group companies in Japan by corresponding emissions coefficients.
6. Business travel 4 Calculated by multiplying the amount of business travel expenses of Suntory Beverage & Food Group companies in Japan by corresponding emissions coefficients.
7. Employee commuting 7 Calculated by multiplying the amount of commuting expenses of Suntory Beverage & Food Group companies in Japan by corresponding emissions coefficients.
8. Upstream leased assets 4 Calculated by multiplying the floor area of distribution centers rented by Suntory Beverage & Food Group companies in Japan by corresponding emissions coefficients.
9. Downstream transportation and distribution 75 Calculated by multiplying the transportation volume in tons-km of goods owned by Suntory Beverage & Food Group companies in Japan by corresponding emissions coefficients.
10. Processing of sold products 0 None
11. Use of sold products 14 Calculated by multiplying the weight of products sold by Suntory Beverage & Food Group companies in Japan by corresponding emissions coefficients
12. End-of-life treatment of sold products 115 Calculated by multiplying the weight of packaging materials for products sold by Suntory Beverage & Food Group companies in Japan by corresponding emissions coefficients.
13. Downstream leased assets 502 Calculated by multiplying the amount of electricity used by vending machines leased by Suntory Beverage & Food Group companies in Japan by corresponding emissions coefficients.
14. Franchises 0 None
15. Investments 0 None
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    From FY2016, Suntory has received independent assurance from KPMG AZSA Sustainability, Co., Ltd. The numerical values assured are indicated with kL.

Independent assurance report

Measures Against Global Warming

The Suntory Group is also working to combat the effects of global warming. The Suntory Group strives to raise awareness about ways to prevent heat stroke with the rising temperatures at elementary schools and companies with efforts that include the free provision of posters and leaflets to raise awareness about preventing heat stroke created together with The Education Newspaper to elementary schools throughout Japan (approx. 21,000 schools) and the support of heat stroke measures at each school. We are also linking to other activities to raise awareness about heat stroke by manufacturing and selling GREEN DAKARA as a product designed for rehydration with 40mg/100mL natrium suitable as a heat stroke measure*4.

  • *4
    The amount of natrium recommended by the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare as a measure against heatstroke is 40mg-80mg/100mL
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