Overcoming climate changeRenewable energy
Other solar power generation
Production plants, including those of Kirin Brewery and Kirin Beverage, have installed solar-power generation equipment in their plant tour facilities and other locations. As part of the KanagawaPrefectural Government’s Thin-Film Solar Cell Promotion and Expansion Project, Kirin Brewery’s Yokohama Plant installed a thin film solar cell in 2016. Kyowa Hakko Bio and Shinshu Beverage have leased parts of their premises and building roofs to companies that build large-scale solar power generation facilities, contributing both to effective use of company assets and to the dissemination of natural energy.
The Kirin Group has been sponsoring the Yokohama City Wind Power Generation Project, which Yokohama City promotes using the GreenPower Certification System, as a Y (Yokohama)-Green Partner since2007, as part of our support for the promotion of the use of natural energy. So far, the power generated by this project has been used byKokoniwa, the communication space at Group Head Office, SPRING VALLEY BREWERY TOKYO, and the Earth Hour hosted by WWF.
Renewable energy certificates
Since 2021, Kyowa Hakko Bio has introduced“Renewable EnergyCertificates (I-REC)” at Thai Kyowa Biotechnologies in Thailand. This marks the first adoption of these certificates in the pharmaceutical and food industries in Thailand, and enables GHG emissions associated with the use of electric power to be reduced by approximately 25% (equivalent to a reduction in annual GHG emissions of 5,300 tons), thanks to the use of renewable energy sources for some of the electricity used in the plant. In anticipation of growing global demand for Human Milk Oligosaccharide(HMO) for powdered milk, we are building a new production facility at the Rayong Plant, which we plan to bring online in the summer of2022. By introducing this renewable energy certificate, we are aiming to achieve business growth while reducing the environmental impact.
At Kyowa Kirin's TokyoResearch Park, as a“Designated Global Warming Prevention Facility” based on the TokyoMetropolitan Ordinance on Environmental Preservation, we achieved significant additional reductions in emissions (equivalent to 3,736 tons of CO2) by exceeding the mandatory reductions for the first and second plan periods, and provided these reductions as credits under the“Tokyo 2020 Carbon Offset Programme,” as part of our support for the achievement of “four days of zero carbon emissions in 2020.”
We have begun introducing the Green Heat Certificate at Kirin Brewery’sKobe Plant, which is equivalent to the heat consumption of fossil fuel, and the Green Power Certificate at Château Mercian, which is equivalent to all electricity consumption.
New Zealand’s first carbon zero certified beer
Kiwi Pale Ale, which Lion produces under its sustainable beer brand, The Fermentist, became New Zealand’s first carbon zero certified beer in2019. In 2020, Steinlager, which Lion brews in the suburbs of Auckland, also obtained carbon zero certification. Steinlager accounts for about 10% of New Zealand’s entire beer market, and is the most exported beer from New Zealand. To obtain this certification, Lion focused on reducing CO2 emissions across the Steinlager product life cycle (from the cultivation of hops and barley, to the brewing of beer, to packaging and transportation). Lion took the approach of assessing and reducing the beer’s carbon footprint and then offsetting any remaining footprint that could not be reduced.
The offsets purchased are supporting native forest restoration in theHinewai Reserve on the Banks Peninsula on the east cost of NewZealand’s South Island.
Lion announced that it became Australia’s first large-scale carbon neutral certified brewer in May 2020.
Lion has announced its commitment to source 100% of the electric power required to brew beer from renewable energy by 2025. To help achieve the Kirin Group’s “SBT for 1.5°C” target, Lion increased its targets for reducing direct GHG emissions (Scopes 1 and 2) to an ambitious target of a 55% reduction by 2030 compared with the2019 level.
Lion assesses its response to climate change using three key metrics: the reduction of direct emissions, increases in energy efficiency, and the use of renewable electricity.
First, to reduce dependence on natural gas, Lion is promoting the use of biogas derived from the anaerobic treatment of wastewater at breweries.
In addition to installing a solar photovoltaic system in 2019 at Castlemaine Perkins Brewery, a brewery for the leading beer in Brisbane, Queensland, XXXX Gold beer, the company installed a solar photovoltaic system in 2020 at Little Creatures Geelong in Victoria. With a rated output of 650 kW, the system is expected to reduce Little Creatures Geelong’s CO2 emissions by 955 tonnes per year (25% of CO2 emissions from electricity used).
In addition to continuing to invest in highly energy-efficient facilities, Lion is continuing to explore the possibility of using contracts based on a PPA model, which Lion uses to purchase renewable energy in New South Wales, in other states.