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The Suntory Group's 7 Sustainability Themes 02 CO2

Aiming for the realization of a decarbonized society, we reduce Greenhouse gas(GHG) emissions by promoting energy-saving activities, proactively implementing renewable energy solutions, utilizing next-generation infrastructure options, and working together with stakeholders across the value chain.

Social Awareness

Climate change measures play a significant role in the Suntory Group's environmental management

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) estimates that by the end of the current century, the average temperature of the Earth will rise 0.3 to 4.8℃.
As a result, it is presumed that this change will lead to a rise in sea level and frequent extreme weather, which will in effect have a large impact on the ecosystem, food production, etc. Dedicated to our mission “To Create Harmony with People and Nature” we are committed to reduce GHG emissions at our own sites around the world as well as in the entire value chain and promoting environmental management throughout the Group in order to protect the global environment, which to us serves as an important foundation of our business.

Contributing to the SDGs

Our Approach

In our Environmental Vision toward 2050, Suntory Group aims to achieve net-zero GHG emissions across the entire value chain by 2050. Our Environmental Targets toward 2030 includes reducing GHG emissions by 50% from our direct operations as well as by 30% across our entire value chain.

Environmental Vision toward 2050 and Environmental Targets toward 2030

Environmental Vision toward 2050

  • Aim for net zero greenhouse gas emissions across the whole value chain by 2050.
  • Continue to promote energy conservation, proactively implement renewable energy solutions, utilize next-generation infrastructure options and work together with stakeholders across the value chain in order to contribute to realizing a decarbonized society

Environmental Targets toward 2030

  • Reduce GHG emissions from our direct operations by 50%*
  • Reduce GHG emissions across our entire value chain by 30%*
  • Based on emissions in 2019.

Our Initiatives

Utilization of the latest energy-saving technologies and renewable energy at our plants

We are proactively adopting the latest energy-saving technologies at Suntory Group plants. For example, we are delivering power to other owned plants obtained by a cogeneration system, which recovers heat generated from in-house generation as a heart source, at Tonegawa Brewery in Japan. At our tequila plant in Mexico, we installed once-through boilers designed to improve the heat recovery rate during the distillation process. In addition to promoting renewable energy use through measures such as installing photovoltaic panels at our plant in Carcagente, Spain (capable of generating approx. 737kW of electricity) and our Minami Alps Hakushu Water Plant in Japan (capable of generating approx. 490kW of electricity), we are working to reduce GHG emissions from a variety of angles, including switching from heavy oil to city gas, LNG (liquefied natural gas), and biomass fuels, natural fuels that have fewer GHG emissions per unit.

Net-zero CO2 Emissions Plant

The Kita Alps Shinano-no-Mori Plant (Omachi City, Nagano Prefecture) which started operation in May 2021 as a fourth water resource for Suntory Tennensui Mineral Water, become the Suntory Group's first zero CO2 emissions plant in Japan through adoption of solar power generation facility and boilers which use biomass fuel as well as purchasing electricity sourced from 100% renewable energy. procurement derived from renewable energy. IN North America, the Fred B. Noe Craft Distillery, which is powered entirely by renewable energy, has begun its operation.

Suntory Group Purchases 100% Renewable Electricity for all its Owned Manufacturing Sites and R&D Facilities in Japan(*1) 

Suntory group will aim to achieve 100% renewable electricity in the group’s 63 directly-owned manufacturing sites and R&D facilities in Japan, the Americas and Europe by 2022*1.
From April 2022, the company have purchase 100% renewable electricity for all 30 directly owned manufacturing sites and R&D facilities in Japan.
This will amount to a reduction equivalent to approximately 150,000 metric tons of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions per year*2, which will greatly contribute to meeting the company’s 2030 goal of halving GHG emissions in its direct operations*3. In addition, 8 other facilities in Japan such as the Suntory Hall, the Suntory Museum of Art and Suntory Holdings’ headquarter office will also switch all of their purchased electricity to be sourced from 100% renewable energy.

  • 1 For its alcohol and non-alcohol beverage business
  • 2 Based on 2020 emissions level
  • 3 Total reduction versus 2019 baseline in scopes 1 and 2

Goals and AchievementsTargets & Progress

Targets Toward 2030
Progress