Kirin Group's Environmental Vision 2050

Aiming for a Positive Impact

Kirin and its broad stakeholders enrich society and the Earth for future generations through positive impact on people and the environment.

To raise awareness of global environmental issues, the Kirin Group formulated the Kirin Group Long-Term Environmental Vision in 2013. The Group’s various businesses are working to achieve this vision, which is set to be realized by 2050. However, the global trends surrounding the earth’s environment are significantly changing, including multiple international initiatives that have been undertaken such as the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD),* originating from the Paris Agreement, and marine plastic pollution, which is now being discussed as a global problem. Moreover, the initiatives carried out by companies to address environmental issues are evolving from initiatives that only address issues with the company Given these changes, the Kirin Group has revised its existing environmental vision and formulated a new vision, Kirin Group Environmental Vision 2050, with the aim of strengthening the resilience of society and the Company. Under this new vision, we will expand our scope from our value chain to society as a whole as we work together with the young generations who will inherit the world and other members of society to create a prosperous world for future generations.

* Task force established in 2015 by the Financial Stability Board (FSB) that makes recommendations regarding information disclosure regarding the impact that climate change has on companies and other institutions. Kirin Holdings Company, Limited. is the first Japanese food company to express its support for the TCFD recommendations and is actively engaged in such disclosure.

Commitments and efforts to realize them

Biological Resources
A society that values sustainable biological resources.

Cultivate, expand and procure sustainable agricultural raw materials

  • Procure agricultural raw materials that comply with certification schemes, such as FSC®, RSPO and the Rainforest Alliance
  • Cultivate agricultural raw materials that are suited to global warming and expand them to raw material production areas
  • Promote recycling and reduction of product waste, thereby bringing food waste generated by production activities to zero.

Stand by the side of farmers to make raw material production areas sustainable

  • Expand support in acquiring sustainable certifications, such as the Rainforest Alliance, and solve environmental issues, etc., in production areas.
  • Examine and research contributions to affluent biodiversity by sustainable agriculture and expand the outcomes to raw material production areas.

Water Resources
A society that values sustainable water resources.

Bring water, used as a raw material, to a sustainable state

  •  Continue to reduce the volume of water use in group operational bases
  •  Further promote water source forestation activities in Japan.

Solve problems with water in a way that suits the characteristics of basin regions where our business bases are located

  • Minimize risk during water-related disasters by reinforcing resilience and efficiency for supply chains.
  • Implement water source preservation activities and education programs to preserve water
    in raw material production areas, thereby solving water issues in the value chain.
Containers and Packaging
A society that circulates containers and packaging in a sustainable way.

Develop and disseminate sustainable containers and packaging.

  • Use sustainable containers and packaging that employ recycled materials and biomass.
  • Aim to develop new containers and services.

Build a resource-recycling system to make containers and packaging sustainable.

  • Take the lead in improving the recycling system in Japan.
  • Contribute to collection of resources and establishment of recycling infrastructure in areas where operations are maintained.
Climate Change
A society that has overcome climate change.

Realize Net-Zero GHG emission from the entire value chain

  • Achieve RE100 at an early stage and source the company's energy from 100% renewable energy.
  • Realize Net-Zero carbon emission in the entire value chain.

Lead to build a decarbonized society

  • Build a business model that contributes to a decarbonized society with customers and other stakeholders.
  • Support research to mitigate climate change and expand responsible renewable energy to society.

Strategies for addressing material environmental issue

Kirin's strengths

Kirin Central Research Institute

Kirin Central Research Institute conducts research centered on health science. By combining our diverse strengths and technologies with those in other fields, we promote open innovation and create opportunities for new businesses and services.
Our strengths include: “raw material cultivation and production” technology, of which “mass plant propagation technology” is a representative research achievement; technology for “identifying and evaluating substances with health functions,” which has discovered a constituent of aged hops that reduces body fat and a constituent of camembert cheese that improves memory function; technology for the “production of functional substances,” which uses microorganisms such as E. coli and mold to ferment and produce raw materials for pharmaceuticals and bioactive substances; and “advanced constituent analysis” technology, which uses a combination of structural analysis called the crystalline sponge method, instrumental analysis, and information analysis to identify target constituents in samples and identify their structures in detail. The Kirin Central Research Institute also successfully produced Lactococcus lactis (LC) Plasma, which we registered with Japan’s Consumer Affairs Agency (CAA) last year for the first time in Japan as a Food with Function Claims (FFC) for the immune system.

Institute for Packaging Innovation

The Institute for Packaging Innovation develops and evaluates technologies related to packaging lines and packaging and containers used in the Kirin Group’s alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages businesses. The Institute for Packaging Innovation engages in activities such as the in-house development of containers and packaging, as one of the few research laboratories of its scale owned by a global alcoholic beverage company. Based on the technologies it has accumulated over many years in areas such as glass bottles, cans, PET bottles, cardboard cartons, and other paper packaging, the Institute for Packaging Innovation utilizes AI technology, kansei (affective) engineering, and other technologies to provide the necessary technical assistance to bring products to market, and create technical “seeds” that enrich the lives of our customers and society through new containers and packaging.
The Institute is as well equipped as a small plant, with machinery to fill glass bottles and aluminum cans with beer, as well as equipment to attach labels to bottles.
We are also trying to solve problems related to plastics. We are working to develop technology that enables the stable recycling of plastic containers such as PET bottles. The number of times plastics can be recycled is limited because their quality generally deteriorates after repeated recycling owing to impurities. At Kirin, we are working to develop technologies for high-purity recycling and “chemical recycling” based on the chemical decomposition, purification, and repolymerization of PET bottles, as part of our aim to create a “society that continuously recycles plastics.”

Kirin Group engineering

As a manufacturer, production equipment is an essential part of our business, and it is vital that we possess the engineering capabilities to quickly develop facilities that are capable of efficiently producing quality products while being eco-friendly and comfortable for our workers. The Kirin Group has set up engineering organizations within each operating company to ensure that our production facilities are supported by engineers with a thorough understanding of manufacturing processes, production technology, and maintenance techniques.The Kirin Group owns Kirin Engineering, a general engineering company specializing in the construction of plants producing beer, beverages, pharmaceuticals, and other products. This company is engaged in the large-scale construction, expansion, and remodeling of production facilities for both for Kirin Group companies in Japan and overseas and companies outside the Group. The capabilities of these engineering organizations are strengths of the Kirin Group, and support environmental measures of our business domains, ranging from food and beverages to pharmaceuticals.