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Preventing Global Warming

Initiatives in Distribution

Implementing Distribution Considering the Environment

We are striving to reduce the environmental impact caused by our distribution and transport operations, from procurement of ingredients and packaging materials to delivery of products to consumers. More specifically, we are promoting a modal shift and the use of larger vehicles, and also have a highly efficient truck transport system in place owing to a computerized system we developed in-house. In 2017, sales (KL) was 104% and the CO2 emissions increased 2% to approximately 125 thousand tons compared to the previous year, but the unit production was 21.7 (CO2 emissions/thousand kL of sales), which was 98% compared to the previous year. We will continue to promote initiatives to further reduce emissions.

CO2 emissions during transportation (business in Japan)

Promoting the Use of Larger Vehicles

The Suntory Group is promoting shipping with large-scale vehicles to lower the number of trucks on the road. In particular, large-size trucks that use a trailer are being promoted in conjunction with efficient allocation of vehicles for shipments to each product vendors from production sites by truck.

Promoting Modal Shift

We are promoting a modal shift to rail and sea transport which produces fewer CO2 emissions than trucks when transporting over medium to long distances. In 2017, the modal shift rate was 52.7%, 43.7% of which was sea transport and 9.1% of which was rail transport. We aim to sustain a modal shift that exceeds 50%.

Changes in modal shift ratio

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    Changes in the modal shift ratio are calculated based on long-haul (500km or more) trips

Suntory Liquors Ltd.*1 has been certified as 1st Eco Ship Mark*2 certified company in 2009. In addition, Suntory Liquors Ltd. received an Eco-Rail Mark certification from the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism in 2011.

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    Currently Suntory Spirits Ltd. and Suntory Beer Ltd.
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    Eco-ship Mark system certifies cargo owners and logistic operators that use more than set amount of sea cargo that is friendly to the environment.
    Screened by Businesses with Excellent Eco Ship and Model Shift Selection Committee

Eco Ship mark

Eco-Rail mark

Shipping Through Various Cargo and Shipper Integration

The Suntory Group has introduced the Integrated Transportation® Arrangement that calculates the optimal combination of vehicles and routes for various cargo and shipping locations. This reduces the distance and time with the number of trucks to use and the remaining capacity. In addition, we are reducing the environmental burden even further by limiting the loss when transporting goods with efforts such as sharing distribution information with other companies to combining cargo of multiple companies in one truck. We also ask our distribution partners to drive comprehensively in a way that reduces the environmental burden such as using idling stop systems and attaching digital tachometer that enable accurate monitoring and management of vehicle operation status.

Promoting Initiatives by Cooperating with Distribution Affiliates

201 of our distribution affiliates (as of FY2017) have acquired certifications, such as the ISO14001 (55 sites) and Eco Stage (141 sites) as well as Green Management advocated by the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism, with the aim to further reduce the environmental impact. In addition, in response to amendments to the Rationalization in Energy Use Law, the Suntory Group collected CO2 emissions data such as the monthly distance driven by vehicles, the amount of fuel consumed, and the useful load of distribution affiliates. Moreover, we are supporting the efforts of affiliate companies in initiatives that include raising awareness such as eco driving and promoting the use of green eco belts that can be uses over and over instead of palette warp to prevent cargo from shifting.

Green Eco Belt

Promoting Collaborative Efforts with Other Companies

We are promoting distribution through cooperation with other companies such as joint distribution and joint use of containers as transportation measures that will lower the environmental impact.

Participating Companies Coordination Description Starting Period Results
Suntory Group Kirin Group Joint distribution of soft-drink beverages within Chiba prefecture July 2009 Reduced CO2 emissions approx. 46 tons/year
Suntory Logistics Ltd. Toyobo Logistics Co., Ltd. Each company packs cargo on return trips in vehicles that only have one-way cargo January 2010 Reduced CO2 emissions approx. 100 tons/year
Suntory Logistics Ltd. Toshiba Lighting & Technology Corporation Joint use of railway containers January 2011 Reduced CO2 emissions approx. 140 tons/year
Suntory Group Four beer companies Joint distribution in some areas of Hokkaido (Kushiro/Nemuro) September 2017 Reduction of approximately 330 tons of CO2 emissions per year
(*Figures apply to all four beer companies)

Round-trip use of containers transported by sea (joint use with other companies)

One of our social responsibilities is to engage in reduction of the environmental impact caused by transporting import goods. We have been conducting an initiative to handle export goods by jointly using the containers that we use with other companies within the country based on this belief in February 2011. Up until now, we have been able to realize efficient transport reducing our CO2 emissions through the round-trip use of containers that would have flown back empty.
This initiative was presented the Minister Prize of Economic, Trade and Industry at the Green Logistics Partner Awards announced in December 2013.

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