Initiatives to Reduce CO2 Emissions

The Kyowa Kirin Group participates in the Commitment to a Low Carbon Society initiated by the Federation of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers' Associations of Japan and are working altogether the industry to reduce CO2 emissions.

The Kyowa Kirin Group upholds the global goal of reducing CO2 emissions in fiscal 2020 to no more than 380,000 tons, or 85% of its fiscal 1990 level*1. In addition, as part of its efforts to prevent global warming, the Group collaborated with its parent company, Kirin Holdings Company, Limited, to formulate a global group target from the Science Based Targets (SBT) approach*. The target is to reduce CO2 emissions in fiscal 2030 to no more than 289,000 tons, that is, to 20% less than the fiscal 2015 level*1, and we strive to achieve it.

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    The Kirin Group's medium-term greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction target became the first target set by a Japanese food company to be approved by the Science Based Targets (SBT) Initiative, a global initiative to promote science-based target setting.

SBT Initiative

SBT Initiative was jointly established in 2015 by CDP (formerly the Carbon Disclosure Project), the United Nations Global Compact, the World Resources Institute (WRI) and the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) to encourage firms to set GHG emissions reduction targets based on scientific evidence with the aim of controlling global warming within 2℃ above pre-industrial levels. Presently, 604 corporations around the world (as of July 30, 2019) have endorsed the initiative, of which 233 corporations have their targets publicly disclosed as certified SBTs.

The CO2 emissions in 2018 from plants and research laboratories in Japan and overseas plants decreased 1.9% compared with the previous year to 358,000 tons*1. This was attributable to the restructuring of our domestic manufacturing bases, ongoing efforts are made to reduce CO2 emissions. Specifically, we are introducing energy-efficient air conditioners, installing facilities with cutting-edge energy-saving features at our new buildings, and employing spot air conditioners. We are also trying to improve our facility management, for example, by optimally controlling freezers and air conditioners to save more energy. Our CO2emissions have been maintained at 80.0 % of the fiscal 1990 level*1, which is well in line with the fiscal 2020 global target.

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    As a whole for the Kyowa Kirin Group and the Kyowa Hakko Bio Group.
Change in CO2 emissions