Lead to build a decarbonized society
Kirin Holdings signs the Business Ambition for 1.5℃ and Uniting Business and Governments to Recover Better
On June 24, 2020, the Kirin Group signed the Business Ambition for 1.5°C commitment letter jointly issued by the three parties - UN Global Compact (UNGC), Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) and We Mean Business - requesting companies to set targets that will limit the rise in global temperature to 1.5°C.
Also, on the same day, we signed the Uniting Business and Governments to Recover Better statement, which requests companies that have set SBTi targets or declared their intention to set SBTi targets. This is a declaration of our agreement to the statement requesting governments of countries to support the activities of UNGC and SBTi as well as to maintain the current pace of climate change initiatives when considering economic aid in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
There has been a growing trend, primarily in Europe and the United States, toward a “green recovery” in which measures to rebuild the economy and society damaged by COVID-19 do not cause the risk of the emergence of new infectious diseases or the spread of infectious diseases, but rather promote reconstruction in a sustainable and resilient manner while also contributing to building a decarbonized society, a circular economy, and conserving ecosystems. As we face an age in which society and businesses are interrelated in a complex manner, it is necessary to overcome the simple dichotomy between the environment and the economy and aim for the sustainability of both society and businesses.
In February of this year, the Kirin Group newly established its long-term strategy, Kirin Group's environmental Vision 2050, with the aim of enhancing the resilience of society and the company. In the area of climate change, we have set forth the target of achieving net zero GHG emissions in the entire value chain by 2050. The aforesaid signatures are part of these efforts. The Kirin Group will lead to build a decarbonized society.
Participation in the “consortium for promoting the use of electric vehicles”
On May 1, 2020, the Kirin Group became a member company of the consortium for promoting the use of electric vehicles (hereinafter, the Consortium), which aims to promote the penetration of electric vehicles for business use. As climate change, which is considered to be a consequence of global warming, advances worldwide, specific measures are required to realize a decarbonized society. In light of this situation, there is anticipation for the use of electric vehicles as a measure to reduce GHG emissions in the transportation sector, which accounts for approximately 20% of emissions in Japan. On the other hand, there are some problems that cannot be solved by a single company in the implementation of electric vehicles for business use. The Consortium aims to promote the introduction and use of electric vehicles, solve social issues, and realize a sustainable society by having companies and organizations share issues and work together to solve them. The Kirin Group will lead to build a decarbonized society through its business activities as set forth in its Environmental Vision 2050. By participating in the Consortium, we will study highly practical electric vehicles suitable for our business operations, share insights across industries, and promote initiatives to realize a sustainable society.
New Zealand’s first carbon zero certified beer
The Fermentist’s Kiwi Pale Ale in Christchurch is New Zealand’s first carbon zero certified beer with all emissions from its entire lifecycle considered, from the fertilizer used to grow the grain to the refrigeration at the consumer’s home. The approach taken was to assess and reduce the beer’s carbon footprint and then offset the remaining footprint that could not be reduced. The offsets purchased are supporting native forest restoration in the Hinewai Reserve on the Banks Peninsula on the east cost of New Zealand’s South Island.
The Kiwi Pale Ale uses Southern Cross and Motueka hops balanced with 100% New Zealand malt, helping reduce the carbon footprint by avoiding emissions associated withthe transport of raw materials in the supply chain.
SPRING VALLEY BREWERY TOKYO
SPRING VALLEY BREWERY TOKYO is an all-day dining establishment with a brewery that opened in Log Road Daikanyama in April 2015, where patrons can enjoy craft beer made on premises. 100% of the restaurant’s electricity needs are met by green power* using Green Power Certificates issued by the Yokohama City Wind Power Generation Project.
Environmental mark program
Japan Network for Climate Change Actions (JNCCA) developed and rolled out an environmental mark program for schoolchildren and after-school care centers to help children discover that there are many environmental labels around; children work together in finding environmental marks attached to various products and services and find out what the marks are for, which gives them an opportunity to think about global warming and other environmental problems.
We are working with JNCCA to promote the environmental mark program in anticipation that elementary school children who will lead the next generation become aware of the various environmental marks on the Kirin Group’s products as well, understand and take interest in various environmental issues including climate change, deforestation, and sustainable agriculture, and encourage changes in their lifestyles going forward, such as environmentally friendly purchasing and 3R promotion activities, in order to build a decarbonized society.
Decarbonization Challenge Cup
The Kirin Group supports the Decarbonization Challenge Cup which is held with the aim of building a decarbonized society for the next generation by announcing activities on global warming prevention undertaken by various organizations as a means of sharing knowhow and information to build collaboration and motivation for further activities.