3.1 Actions regarding climate changeContainers

In-house production of PET bottles

Kirin Beverage introduced Japan's first in-line PET blowing aseptic filling machine at Nagano Tomato (currently Shinshu Beverage) in 1997, and subsequently installed a high speed in-line PET blowing aseptic filling machine at the Shonan Plant in 2000. In the past, we purchased empty PET bottles from container manufacturers and shipped them to plants where we filled them with beverages, to make fina products. With an in-line blow aseptic filling machine, we mold PET bottle containers from a material called preform in the production process of the plant and filled under aseptic conditions. Installation consequently contributes greatly to reducing CO2 emissions as using preforms allows us to process greater loads on trucks compared to transporting empty PET bottles.
In 2003, we installed preform molding equipment on the beverage production line at Kirin Distillery ahead of other players in the industry. 

Reducing the weight of containers

Between 1990 and 2020, Kirin Brewery and Kirin Beverage reduced CO2 emissions from container manufacturing by a total of 4.51million tonnes* by reducing the weight of containers and packaging. Making containers lighter leads to reducing CO2 emissions in the manufacturing process of containers and packaging and improving loading efficiency, which leads to reduction of CO2 emissions. Reducing the weight of containers.

  • Calculated based on the Carbon Footprint Product Category Rule (CertifiedCFP-PCR Number: PA-BV-02) applied to the actual container usage of KirinBrewery and Kirin Beverage from 1990 to 2020.

Ocean transportation in large bags and bottling in Japan

Mercian ships some of the wine it imports via ocean transportation in specially designed, large 24 kl bags (equivalent to about 32,000750 ml bottles) with low oxygen permeability, and bottles the wine in Japan.
Compared to importing bottled wine, this method lets Mercian reduce CO2 emissions during ocean transport by roughly 60%because it eliminates the need to transport heavy bottles by sea, although it increases the amount of CO2 emissions from the company's plants in Japan owing to bottling in Japan.
Bottling wine in Japan allows us to use Ecology Bottles (made with at least 90% recycled glass), lightweight bottles, and PET bottles, which contribute to making effective use of resources and reducingCO2 emissions significantly across the value chain as a whole.

  • Specially designed large bags