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The history of environmental conservation

We have summarized the history of the Sapporo Group’s environmental conservation initiatives.

The history of environmental conservation

(For activities after 1991. Names listed are operation base names and other names at that time.)

Year Summary
1991 Living Environment Department established
The “Environmental Conservation Basic Policy” enacted
“Environmental Conservation Promotion Committee” established at the head office, and “Environmental Conservation Committee” established at all offices
1993 Internal environmental auditing incorporated in factory departments
Installation of multi-can type boiler systems started
1994 The “Environmental Conservation Code of Conduct”, “Designation of Goals for Environmental Conservation”, “Environmental Conservation Guideline” and “Environmental Audit Evaluation System” are established
1997 100% recycling of byproducts and waste at the Gunma factory achieved
Installation of the cogeneration system started
1998 100% recycling of byproducts and waste at all beer factories and beverage factories of Sapporo Breweries achieved
The Hokkaido factory is certified ISO14001
The Chiba factory incorporates fuel cell facilities using biomass, and succeeds in generating electricity for the first time in the world
A biotope garden is created at the Shizuoka factory and opened to the public
1999 Both factories of Sapporo Wine attain 100% recycling for byproducts and waste, thus realizing 100% recycling for byproducts and waste at all factories including Group companies
All eight beer factories (excluding the Nagoya factory, which was scheduled for closing) and two Sapporo Wine factories were certified ISO14001
2000 An ambry hemp field and biotope garden is established at the Chiba factory, and opened to the public
With the Shimadzu Corporation, demonstration experiments for CO2 solidification on a practical application level are conducted for the first time in the world at the Shizuoka factory
A low-temperature absorption-type refrigerating machine was introduced for the first time in the world at the Hokkaido factory
Variable functional thermoelectricity gas turbines, cogeneration systems and high-performance freezers are installed in the Saitama factory
Wind/solar power generator apparatus is installed at the Sapporo and Chiba factory and used for factors such as advertising tower power supply
“The Basic Green Procurement Policy” is established
2001 The Shin-Kyushu factory and Sapporo Beverage Kanagawa office acquired ISO14001 certification (With this, all manufacturing bases for the Group (9 for beer, 2 for wine, 1 for beverages) completed their ISO14001 certification)
Biotope gardens created at the Hokkaido, Shin-Kyushu, and Sendai factories and opened to the public
The Hokkaido and Sendai factories install energy conserving facilities using ESCO operations for the first time in Japan
2002 The Shizuoka factory installed the world’s first hybrid cooling system
2003 Gasification into natural gas for fuel was completed in all beer factories excluding the Shin-Kyushu factory, which used LPG
Energy conservation facilities using ESCO operations were installed in the Sapporo Factory headquarters
Various structures related to environmental conservation were revised with the reorganization of the Group
(1) An item stating initiatives toward creating environments that contribute to establishing a “sustainable society” were established within the “Social Relationships” category in the “Sapporo Group Code of Business Conduct”
(2) The Sapporo Group Basic Environmental Policy was established
(3) The “Group Environmental Conservation Committee” was established within the holdings company Sapporo Holdings, to supervise environmental conservation activities throughout the group.
CO2 reduction goals (revised 1994) were attained
2004 Cogeneration systems were installed in the Shizuoka factory
“Energy Conservation Promotion Project” initiatives were implemented throughout all factories
LCA (Life Cycle Assessment) was implemented for environmental loads of major products. Methods were evaluated by a third-party organization
Gasification into natural gas for fuel completed at the Gunma factory
CO2 reduction goals (revised 2004) were attained
2005 The in-house “Two-step hydrogen/methane fermentation technology” experimental plant for food waste started operation
The west wing of Sapporo Factory (Hotel Clubby Sapporo) installed energy conservation facilities using ESCO operations
2006 Designated fluorocarbon used in freezing facilities for beer manufacturing was replaced
The Sapporo Factory Frontier was completed. Energy conservation facilities using BEMS were installed
The Hokkaido head office acquired “Eco-Action 21” certification
2007 Started verification testing on hydrogen fermentation of food waste with organizations including Hiroshima University (technological development operations for global warming measures commissioned by the Ministry of the Environment “Technology development for converting food waste to bio-hydrogen / bio-gas”
The Gunma factory (Ojima office) acquired ISO14001 certification
LCA implemented for two Black Label products, based on 2005 data. LCA was used to evaluate CO2 reductions from 2003
2008 The Tohoku head office acquired “Eco-Action 21” certification
The Thailand bioethanol plant (“International projects related to biomass in Asian countries” of the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO)), which was constructed with cooperation from companies including the Marubeni Corporation, started full operations
Along with the Taisei Corporation, efforts to establish manufacturing technologies for bioethanol from Hokkaido regional rice and wheat straw were implemented (“The Program for Development and Establishment of Soft Cellulose Utilization Technology” by the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries)
Participated in the “Study Group for Developing and Promoting a Carbon Footprint Program” by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry
2009 Test sales for Black Label 350mL products with carbon footprint labels were made in Hokkaido
Started verification testing for bio-hydrogen manufacturing from cellulose-type biomass with Brazil’s Petrobras and Ergostech
Installed waste heat recovery-type freezers using ESCO operations at the Chiba factory
Renewed energy conservation facilities using BEMS at the Sapporo Factory
Installed a heat-pump system using beer fermentation heat at the Shin-Kyushu factory
2010 The Chugoku/Shikoku head office acquired “Eco-Action21” certification
Sapporo Urban Development participated in the “Domestic credit scheme (domestic emission reduction certification scheme)”
The Sapporo Group Basic Environmental Philosophy was revised
The Sapporo Group Basic Environmental Policy was revised
The Sapporo Breweries Medium-Term Goals were revised
2011 The Kinki head office acquired “Eco-Action 21” certification
For the first time in Japan’s energy/real estate industry, TOKYO ENERGY SERVICE acquired the energy management system “ISO50001” certification
2012 The Sapporo Group established its environmental Medium-Term Goals
The Sapporo Group established its Biodiversity Protection Guideline
The head office, Hokkaido head office and Kinki head office combined acquired “Eco-Action 21” certification
2013 The Sapporo Group established its Basic Green Procurement Policy
The five business bases of the head office, Hokkaido head office, Tohoku/Hokuriku head office, Kinki area head office and the Kyushu head office combined acquired “Eco-Action21” certification
2014 The head office, Hokkaido head office, Tohoku head office, Kanto/Koshinetsu head office, Tokai/Hokuriku head office, Kinki area head office, Chugoku/Shikoku head office, Kyushu head office combined acquired “Eco-Action 21” certification
Sapporo Holdings was selected (consecutively for three years) as a CDP “Climate Change Information Disclosure Company”
2015 The Sapporo Group Environment establishes its Middle-Term Policy “Initiatives for Global Environment Conservation 2030”
2016 Sapporo Breweries head office and all business bases acquired “Eco-Action 21” certification
2019 The Sapporo Group declares its support for the recommendations of the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD)
The Sapporo Group formulates its Sapporo Group Environmental Vision 2050
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