Environmental Activities in Sales Divisions
Reducing Environmental Impact of Sales Vehicles
We are promoting introduction of hybrid vehicles and other energy-saving vehicles for use in sales activities. In addition, we have introduced vehicle traffic control system that acquire travel data such as distance traveled, driving behavior and fuel efficiency in sales vehicles. We promote safe driving and eco-driving by feeding back the result of the analysis of collected data.
More efficient Vending Machine Operations by Introducing Wireless Systems
Suntory Beverage Service Ltd., which includes secondary products for soft drink vending machines to expand the vending machine operations each day, introduced wireless systems to vending machines operating throughout Japan in 2013. We are able to analyze information such as the type and amount of products for refilling, the timing for refilling, and the most efficient route for refilling of each vending machine while allowing us to instantaneously obtain the sales trends of each and every vending machine. We have reduced the number of visits to vending machines through the use of this wireless system, which has connected to reducing environmental impact by decreasing power lost when opening and shutting vending machines when conducting operations such as refilling products.
Environmental Activities in R&D Sites
Since acquiring ISO14001 certification in 2007, the R&D sites (World Research Center/product development center) where about 700 employees work has been promoting environmental activities incorporated in daily work in the entire division. In 2013, the site acquired comprehensive certification from an external certification agency to operate under the ISO14001 throughout the entire Group to strengthen coordination with other divisions as a Research & Technology Development Division that has strong connection with the Group's entire value chain. It also promotes activities to reduce environmental impact in corporation with plants and sales divisions while incorporating environmental considerations into daily operations.
Environmental activities in the restaurant business
The Pronto Corporation is promoting environmental management through a variety of environmental initiatives, including the Pronto Love Green activity that donates a portion of the revenue from menus and the total amount of in-store donations to environmental greening, the adoption of glasses to use in stores made from recycled bottles of Kakubin Whisky, the provision of a choice menu of domestic ingredients that give diners a taste of the local bounty, reduction of food waste as well as the adoption of energy saving equipment. Furthermore, Pronto Corporation satisfied the certification criteria for the first restaurant eco mark in Japan as a certification program for restaurants created by the Eco Mark Office in 2017 and earned the right to use the eco mark for chain restaurants.
The Pronto Love Green Activity that has been underway since 2008 donated a total of 81,066,784 yen in 2017 and was given letters of thanks from the Minister of Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries.
Latest Environmentally-friendly Equipment
Suntory World Research Center introduced equipment to reduce the environmental impact such as an arrangement of LED lighting through the entire facility, automated control of lighting and airflow through image sensors, temperature difference water supply, and the application of hybrid heat source equipment to concurrently use natural gas and electricity while eagerly using natural energy such as the application of top lights*1 that actively let in natural light. The same center has acquired Class S, which is the highest class of the Comprehensive Assessment System for Built Environment Efficiency (CASBEE)*2. The furniture and construction materials also utilize Ikurinzai - timber from cultivated forests*3 of the Suntory Tennensui (Mineral Water) Natural Water Sanctuaries.
*1Top light: Windows installed on roofs for natural light and ventilation
*2CASBEE: Environmental performance assessment for building overall developed by the Institute for Building Environment and Energy Conservation with the support of Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism in 2001.
*3Ikurinzai - Timber from cultivated forests: Suntory Group calls wood material made from activities to nurture sustainable water and forests "Ikurinzai - timber from cultivated forests"
Environmental Activity in the Office
Installing Energy-saving Equipment and Reduction of CO2 and Water Consumption by Employee Action
Various initiatives are carried out by all employees daily with higher awareness on saving energy in each office. The Odaiba Office in Tokyo installs photovoltaic power generation, use of reused water, automatic lighting control system, and human detection sensors for lights in toilets and escalators. Reduction of CO2 emission are being promoted in each office by implementing cool biz and warm biz and actively using web conference system.