Value chain upstream
Realize Net-Zero GHG emission from the entire value chain
Responses at tea farms
Scenario analysis also shows that the effects of climate change increase water risk and water stress in many agricultural producing countries and regions. At the tea farms in Sri Lanka, in recent years, they have unusual heavy rainfall in the rainy season more frequently due to the effects of climate change. In the key tea production region of Uva Province, many human lives were lost due to landslides. In the training for Rainforest Alliance certification, farmers are taught how to prevent fertile soil from being washed away by erosion caused by rain. Specifically, they are taught to plant grasses whose roots sink deep into the soil and crawl the ground on slopes. In addition to preventing landslide disasters caused by heavy rainfall, this serves as a response to the problem of climate change.
In-line blowing aseptic filling machine
An in-line blowing aseptic filling machine forms PET bottles from materials known as preforms and fills bottles under aseptic conditions. Kirin Beverage introduced Japan's first inline PET blowing aseptic filling machine to 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. Although installation of the machine increases CO2 emissions from the plant, using preforms allows us to process greater loads on trucks compared to using empty PET bottles; therefore, it significantly enhances transport efficiency. Installation consequently contributes greatly to reducing CO2 emissions from the value chain as a whole and to cutting costs. Furthermore, in 2003, we installed a preform molding equipment on the beverage manufacturing line at Kirin Distillery ahead of other players in the industry.
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 kiloliter bags (equivalent to about 32,000 750 liter 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%. In addition, bottling wine in Japan allows us to use Ecology Bottles (made with at least 90% recycled glass) and lightweight bottles, which contributes to making effective use of resources and reducing CO2 emissions during shipment within Japan.