Initiatives for a zero carbon society

We are committed to promoting various initiatives to reduce environmental impact through the entire value chain.

Continuing activities to reduce environmental impact

Suntory Group promotes the reduction of package weight, the use of recycled materials, and the installation of energy-saving vending machines to countermeasure global warming, effective use of resources, preventing pollution and managing chemical substances through the value chain, from ingredient procurement, manufacture to distribution, sales, and recycling.

Suntory Environmental Vision toward 2050/Environmental Targets toward 2030

Diagram of continuing activities to reduce environmental impact

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 (total of 13.9million copies distributed as of June 2021) to raise awareness about preventing heat stroke created together with The Education Newspaper to elementary schools throughout Japan 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 which is recommended as a countermeasure to heat exhaustion*1.

  • *1
    The Ministry of Health, Labour, and Welfare recommends 40-80mg of sodium per 100ml as a countermeasure to heat exhaustion.

Preventing Global Warming
Initiatives in Production

Reducing GHG through Energy-saving and Use of Renewable Energy

We are committed to energy efficiency at Suntory Group plants through production activities harmonized with the environment. Making records of and managing the operational status centrally is useful for employing energy efficient activities in the production process. Furthermore, we are working to combat global warming from a variety of angles, including by switching to low Green House Gas(GHG) emitting fuels and by using renewable energy.
Activities being carried out at plants are shared at regularly-held engineer meetings to expand horizontally.

Promoting the Use of Renewable Energy

We have been increasing the use of various kinds of renewable energy at our plants, including the use of solar power, snow ice, biomass and micro-hydro power.

Use of Photovoltaic Energy

The Minami Alps Hakushu Water Plant of Suntory Products is installed with the largest photovoltaic panels in the beverages industry, capable of generating approximately 490kW of electricity. They provide some of the plant’s power, and make it possible for us to reduce our GHG emissions by approximately 205 tons per year compared to when we buy electricity from a power company.
Solar power generation equipment has been installed on some of the roofs and premises by Solar Frontier K.K. and the Development Bank of Japan, Inc. at the Suntory Products Haruna Plant and Suntory Beer's Kumamoto Aso Brewery. The two plants generate a combined output of approximately 3.2 MW, which is an equivalent to the yearly power for roughly 660 households. This is estimated to have a GHG reduction effect of approximately 1,900 tons.

  • Photo of a photovoltaic panel

    Largest scale photovoltaic panels
    in the beverage industry

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 solar power generation facility and boilers which use biomass fuel as well as electric power procurement derived from renewable energy. In overseas, four plants including the Donnery Plant in France achieved zero net-zero CO2 Emissions using offset. With the Fred B. Noe Craft Distillery in the US planned to start operation in 2021, manufacturing and research sites are switching to the use of 100% renwable energy.

  • Photo of Suntory Tennensui Kita-Alps Shinano-no-mori plant

    Suntory Tennensui Kita-Alps
    Shinano-no-mori plant

  • Diagram of CO2 emissions Plant Energy Supply Scheme

    CO2 emissions
    Plant Energy Supply Scheme

Preventing Global Warming
Energy Conservation in Vending Machines

Energy Conservation in Vending Machines

We are implementing various initiatives to save energy in vending machines in Japan as one of priority initiatives to reduce Green House Gas (GHG) in the entire value chain.

Key Features of Suntory Vending Machines

Diagram of Key Features Vending Machines

Reducing Energy Consumption of Vending Machines

Since we introduced a peak-cut feature in 1995, we have been striving to introduce vending machines with lower consumption of electricity. Since 2007, we have been promoting installation of heat-pump vending machines that facilitate even more efficient energy usage compared to conventional vending machines as main energy-saving machine. Nearly all of the vending machines put into use in 2010 and all new vending machine (excluding some special-function machines) from 2011 were heat-pump models and also LED lighting were installed to them.
From 2012, we started introducing Hybrid Heat-pump Vending Machines which can reduce electricity consumption by additional 30% compared to normal Heat-pump Vending Machines.
In addition, by fitting refurbished machines*1 with heat-pump equipment, the ratio of heat-pump vending machines against all Suntory vending machines was 85% in the end of 2020
In 2013, "Mahou VIN Vending Machines"*2 which has a capability of suspending cooling for extended time by to having high refrigerant effect from using vacuum heat insulation materials, etc., in addition to energy saving heat-pump function. This vending machine enables the reduction of both environmental impact and electricity load during the peak hours in summer.

  • *1
    Vending machines that have been removed from service, refurbished, and reinstalled for retail use
  • *2
    Vending machine that is capable of suspending cooling for extended time due to high refrigerant effect by using vacuum heat insulation materials, etc. Refrigeration is suspended for 8 to 14 hours each day.

What is a heat-pump vending machine?

In Japan, a heat-pump vending machine is a vending machine with a built in system to collect heat generated by the cooling chamber for the heating chamber. These vending machines largely contribute to energy saving through function to effectively use heat inside the vending machine and latest machine can even exchange heat with the atmosphere.

Introducing Extremely-Energy-Saving Vending Machines

In April 2014, we began adopting "Extremely-Energy-Saving Vending Machines" (Eco Active Machines) that operate on approximately half the energy consumption (420kWh/year) compared to conventional heat-pump vending machines with the cooperation of machinery manufacturers the use of to further aim to contribute to reducing environmental impact. It stores two compressors, one dedicated to heating and other cooling and uses various latest technologies such as inverter control, vacuum heat insulation materials, electronic expansion valve and LED lighting to control energy consumption to an optimum condition to realize reducing electricity consumption.

  • Logo for Eco Active Machines

    © Sanden Holdings Corporation

  • Diagram of Eco Active Machines

Promoting a 24-hour Lights Out

To promote reductions in GHG emission and combat global warming, vending machine manufacturers have promoted energy-saving measures since 1991, prior to establishment of the Kyoto Protocol. As a result, during the 15 years leading up to 2005, we achieved an approximate 50% reduction in energy consumption per vending machine. The industry also agreed to aim for a further 37% reduction by 2012, in comparison to 2005 figures, with indoor vending machines having a 24-hour "Lights Out" rule and outdoor machines having no lighting during daytime hours*. The industry met its goal in 2011.

  • *
    Reduces about 10% of power usage by turning off the lights during the day time, about 20% by 24 hours
Photo of Vending machine

Measures Against Chlorofluorocarbon

Controlled chlorofluorocarbons that destroy the ozone layer are not used for refrigerants in our vending machines today. New vending machines that are introduced also use no chlorofluorocarbons substitutes that have a large impact on global warming. All of our machines use a refrigerant with a low global warming coefficient such as natural refrigerants and R-1234yf.

Initiatives to Reuse Vending Machine Parts

We are actively conducting initiatives to realize effective use of resources even in vending machines. We are advancing development of technology toward the reuse of parts as well as management systems for the reuse of parts in order to use vending machine parts that are collected in vending machines again. In 2020, the reuse rate of parts that required repair or maintenance was 59%. We are striving to effectively use resources by expanding the components to reuse parts even further in the future.

Ensuring Reasonable Waste Disposal of Vending Machines

We are leading the industry in building a Vending Machine Waste Disposal System that collects and recycles vending machines to throw away, which we have expanded nationally since January 1997. We are strictly managing disposal from the initial selection of vending machines to discard to the final disposal in compliance with the revisions to the Wastes Disposal and Public Cleansing Act in April 2001. We are properly processing broken machines by understanding the amount of machines to collect based on the Act for Rationalized Use and Proper Management of Fluorocarbons even in regards to the fluorocarbons that are used as a refrigerant in vending machines.

Installation of Vending Machines to Provide Beverages in Emergencies

We are developing and advancing the installation of vending machines to provide beverages in emergencies to contribute to building cities able to combat disasters. This system normally sells beverages from vending machines in peace times but will provide them for free during emergencies such as when disasters strike. Beverages can be easily accessed even if the power goes out. Many people used this system after the Great East Japan Earthquake that struck in March of 2011. We are progressing with the installation of these vending machines centered upon public institutions, hospitals, and companies with roughly 25,000 units put in place through the end of 2020 by implementing wire type vending machines that have the benefit of not requiring maintenance in addition to battery-type vending machines. In Japan, we plan to actively introduce these types of vending machines in the future.

Photo of Emergency beverage vending machine

Emergency beverage vending machine