Sapporo Breweries Initiatives

Promotion of global warming prevention by incorporating unused energy sources

Developments in waste heat (unused energy source) collection, which had not been applied up to this point, are progressing and being effectively applied as a heat source for beer brewing processes and other processes to reduce environmental impact (waste water treatment). Energy formerly used for activities such as heating water have been reduced by applying unused energy sources including heat from beer fermentation, waste heat from boiling processes, waste heat from combustion, waste heat from equipment, and waste heat from waste water treatment.

Example of systems installed in factories

Example of systems installed in factories Example of systems installed in factories
Heat pump water heater
Heat pump water heater
(Utilizing heat from beer fermentation)
Boiling steam recompressing apparatus
Boiling steam recompressing apparatus
(Utilizing waste heat from boiling processes)
High-performance freezing equipment
High-performance freezing equipment
(Utilizing waste heat from equipment)
Waste heat pump equipment
Waste heat pump equipment
(Utilizing waste heat from waste water treatment)

Incorporation and development of new technologies

Large-type INV compressor equipment
Large-type INV compressor equipment

Reduction of electricity use is being promoted by incorporating high-performance air compressors and reevaluating unit control systems to decrease operation losses at each factory.

Ozone layer protection and suppression of fluorocarbon

Sapporo Breweries are actively moving forward with environmentally-friendly measures in freezing equipment for beer manufacturing processes.
Freezing equipment for beer manufacturing processes will commence environmentally-friendly measures from 2018, based on laws and regulations on ozone layer protection and suppression of fluorocarbon. Furthermore, equipment inspections will be regularly made under the laws and regulations of suppression of fluorocarbon.

Initiatives to improve transportation efficiency

The Sapporo Group has been making efforts to alleviate its environmental impact by improving vehicle load efficiency and reducing the number of vehicle units overall through collaboration with other manufacturers. Sapporo Breweries started shared transport activities with Kirin Brewery Co., Ltd. in Hokkaido in May 2008, and in June 2015, a three-company collaboration with Kirin Brewery Co., Ltd. and ASAHI BREWERIES, LTD has started within the Tokyo area. Shared transport activities with Kirin Brewery Co., Ltd, ASAHI BREWERIES, LTD. and Suntory Beer Ltd. commenced in the east Hokkaido area in September 2017, and collaboration will continue to be promoted with other manufacturers. SAPPORO GROUP LOGISTICS CO., LTD., which handles Sapporo Group distribution, has been progressing with shared transport since 2000, with the cooperation of five refined sake/shochu/beverage manufacturers at six bases to distribute mainly beer, wine, beverages and food products throughout Japan using the Sapporo Group’s base cargo. Furthermore, Sapporo Breweries and POKKA SAPPORO have been making efforts in customer communication to optimize delivered lots and load efficiency by combining light loads such as soup products with heavier items such as drinking water.

Promotion of modal shift

Eco-Rail Mark

Sapporo Breweries promotes a modal shift, which is to switch distribution methods from trucks to trains and marine transportation, which results in less CO2 emission. In 2006, the company acquired the “Eco-Rail Mark”* from the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport for the first time in the beer industry. Optimizing transport method combinations according to their characteristics does not only reduce CO2 emission, other benefits including reduced costs due to improved transport efficiency, prevention of traffic congestion and accidents, and securing workers in the environment of declining birthrates and a growing proportion of elderly people can also be anticipated.

*Eco-Rail Mark A labelling system launched by the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport with the aim of reducing environmental impact in logistics and distribution activities. The initiative’s goal is to make the activities of corporations shifting to train cargo transportation widely known between consumers, and to promote selection of companies/products implementing distribution methods with less CO2 emissions than truck transportation. Sapporo Breweries has acquired certification as an “initiative-active company”.

“Green Management Certification” Acquired

Green Management Certification
Certificate of “Green Management Certification”

In May 2006, all four operation bases of SAPPORO LOGISTICS SYSTEMS CO., LTD. which possess trucks have acquired “Green Management Certification”. The operation bases have also been satisfying certificate renewal criteria every two years (certification registration has been completed in May 2012).
This certification system, which also includes initiatives by trucking companies, was established in October 2003 under the cooperation of the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport and the transportation industry, with the Foundation for Promoting Personal Mobility and Ecological Transportation as the certifying entity. The Foundation evaluates business operations that satisfy a certain level of various initiatives based on the “Green Management Promotion Manual” established by the aforementioned Foundation, for certification and registration.
SAPPORO LOGISTICS SYSTEMS CO., LTD has been certified and registered for satisfying all items in the Green Management Certification Standards of “Implementing structures/systems for environmental conservation”, “Implementing eco-driving”, “Incorporating low-emission vehicles”, “Vehicle inspection and maintenance”, “Promotion of recycling, proper disposal and disposal control of waste and vehicle scrap”, and “Promotion of environmental conservation in the management department (office)”.

Initiatives for product environmental information disclosure

Products labelling their carbon footprint

Products displaying their carbon footprint
Products displaying their carbon footprint
*No products are currently on sale. Numeral values are based on the tentative 2009 calculation methods.

In 2004, for the first time in the industry, Sapporo Breweries implemented LCA based on ISO14040 to quantitatively assess the utilized resources and emission of greenhouse gases throughout the entire process of beer manufacturing, from raw materials to manufacturing products and disposal. In 2008, the carbon footprint of “Sapporo Draft Beer Black Label” (display of the CO2 emissions per can) was calculated and displayed at the “Zero Emission House” at the Hokkaido Toyako Summit. In 2009, canned beer with labelling of its carbon footprint was released for sale in Hokkaido for the first time in the world.
The current calculation standards for “beer beverages” are published as a certified PCR in the Japan Environmental Management Association for Industry’s Carbon Footprint Communication Program.

Ingredients procurement 54%
Product manufacturing 19%
Product transportation 2%
Sales 25%

Overseas initiatives

In August 2017, initiatives related to Sapporo International’s ‘Incorporation of energy-conserving facilities within beer factories’ were indicated for funding in the facility assistance operation by the Environment Agency, which is a credit system between two countries (The Joint Crediting Mechanism (JCM)). The facility assistance operation of JCM has the Environment Agency assist in funding investments toward equipment for businesses that conduct reduction of greenhouse gas emissions on a global level by incorporating low-carbon technology in developing countries.
In our operations, along with the reinforcement of manufacturing facilities at the Sapporo Vietnam Long An Brewery, which is a joint enterprise in Vietnam, an air compressor (55kW), water cooler (562kW), and a once‐through boiler (6t/h) have been incorporated as high-performance energy conservation appliances. These will work to reduce the amount of factory electricity and LPG used, and is anticipated to annually decrease 111.2 tons of CO2 emissions.

Air compressor
Air compressor
Once-through boiler
Once-through boiler