Pollution Prevention and Chemical Substance Management

Policies and Our Approach

Almost all of the products offered by Suntory Beverage & Food (“the Company”) are made mainly from agricultural products and water, so the Company’s risk of polluting the environment with chemical substances is considered small compared to other industries. However, the production process is not free from the risk of polluting the surrounding environment, since exhaust gas is generated from boiler combustion and some chemicals are used to clean and sterilize equipment. Accordingly, we prepare for all conceivable abnormal and emergency situations, assess the risks that may arise, and take measures to mitigate these risks.

Implementation Structure

Our Initiatives

Preventing Air Pollution

Suntory Beverage & Food is striving to reduce SOx and NOx emissions by switching to gas fuel that does not contain sulfur and adopting low NOx burners. We have set voluntary standards that are stricter than legal limits and control air pollutants in exhaust gas from boilers.

Preventing Water Pollution

Wastewater management is conducted at each factory by setting voluntary standards that are stricter than legal limits.

Preventing Soil Pollution

The Company's plants use chemical substances for cleaning equipment and other purposes. These substances are strictly controlled to prevent leakage. However, in the unlikely event of a leakage of cleaning agents or chemicals, each plant has installed dikes around chemical tanks and conducts periodic inspections to prevent soil contamination.

Chemical Substance Management

The Suntory Group, which includes Suntory Beverage & Food, manages chemical substances in accordance with the Pollutant Release and Transfer Register (PRTR) Law, Poisonous and Deleterious Substances Control Act, Fire Service Act and other related laws.

Waste Management

We promote to introduce an electronic manifest system for compliance with waste law and enhance information control of waste. In addition, we continue to implement training programs for production sites, sales offices, cultural sites, head office functions, and group companies to improve their knowledge and skills in waste management through methods such as group training, on-site visits, and role-playing to ensure the proper disposal of waste. We call such a lecture as “Waste management seminar” and “Surveillance seminar at waste treatment facility” to skill them up the knowledge and the audit ability on waste management. We continue initiatives for thorough implementation of proper disposal of waste.

Management of PCB Disposal

We store PCB wastes appropriately and report their storage status to the local government based on “Law Concerning Special Measures Against PCB Waste.” We have registered to Japan Environmental Storage & Safety Corporation (JESCO) as a subcontractor for the disposal of PCB and began disposal of equipment that includes PCB from 2007. Status of the use and storage of equipment that includes PCB is as follows.