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

At Sapporo Breweries, we are working to reduce the amount of fuel and electricity used at our plants by increasing the efficiency of utility facilities* used in the beer production process and reducing operational losses through a review of the volume control system. Boilers, refrigerators, compressors, cogeneration systems, heat pumps, etc.

Large-type INV compressor equipment
Large-type INV compressor equipment
Hot water supply heat pump (CO2 refrigerant)
Hot water supply heat pump
(CO2 refrigerant)
Large once-through boiler (natural gas cooking)
Large once-through boiler
(natural gas cooking)
INV refrigeration equipment (HFO refrigerant)
INV refrigeration equipment
(HFO refrigerant)

Ozone layer protection and suppression of fluorocarbon

Sapporo Breweries are actively moving forward with environmentally-friendly measures in freezing facilities for beer manufacturing processes. With the aim of protecting the ozone layer and curbing global warming, we began switching refrigerants in the refrigeration equipment used in the beer manufacturing process in 2018, and are replacing some of the refrigeration facilities with low-GWP refrigerants and natural refrigerants. Furthermore, equipment inspections will be regularly made under the laws and regulations of suppression of fluorocarbon to ensure legal compliance.

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 since the 2000s.

In recent years, in September 2017, Sapporo Breweries, Asahi Breweries, Kirin Brewery, and Suntory Brewery started joint transportation by rail and land in the Doto region of Hokkaido.

In November 2018, the same four companies started a preliminary rollout of joint collection of beer pallets in six prefectures in the Tohoku region (Aomori, Akita, Iwate, Yamagata, Miyagi, and Fukushima prefectures). After that, the area was gradually expanded and expanded nationwide from November 2019. The joint collection means that the pallets that were collected separately by the four companies will be collected by one representative company, which will improve the loading rate of collection vehicles and reduce the number of vehicles required for collection, resulting in a total reduction of approximately 5,158 tons of CO2 emissions per year (approximately 37% compared to the previous system) for the four companies.

In December 2019, Sapporo Breweries, Ebara Food Industries, Ltd. and Nippon Pallet Rental started joint transportation between Okayama and Kyushu. The distance between Okayama and Oita/Fukuoka is approximately 500 km, and each company had to arrange for a one-way vehicle; the three companies collaborate to transport the actual vehicles for both round trips, enabling efficient transportation with a single vehicle, ensuring stable trunk line transportation in the region, and reducing CO2 emissions by approximately 15.2 tons per year (approximately 5% compared to the previous system).

Initiatives to improve transportation efficiency

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. The company has been certified by the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism as a company that is committed to environmentally friendly rail freight transportation, and was the first in the beer industry to receive the “Eco-Rail Mark” in 2006.

Eco-Rail Mark

In April 2018, four companies (Sapporo Breweries, Ltd., Asahi Breweries, Ltd., Kirin Brewery Company, Limited, and Suntory Breweries, Ltd.) began joint transportation between Kansai, Chugoku, and Kyushu. As for new initiatives in marine transportation, we are implementing a modal shift to marine transportation between Chiba and Osaka from November 2019 by using RORO ships*.

* RORO ship is a vessel in which a truck or chassis (cargo bed) carrying cargo is boarded and transported.

In July 2020, we switched from truck transportation to marine transportation using coastal vessels between the Sapporo Vietnam Long An Plant in southern Vietnam and northern Vietnam (a distance of approximately 1,600 km). We estimate that this will reduce CO2 emissions by about 450 tons per year, and we are working to reduce our environmental impact.

“Green Management Certification” Acquired

Green Management Certification
Certificate of “Green Management Certification”

SAPPORO LOGISTICS SYSTEMS CO., LTD has acquired "Green Management Certification" for its head office and offices, and has also been satisfying certificate renewal criteria every two years since 2008 (certification registration has been completed in May 2020).

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