Initiatives to Preserve Water Resources

Water is a critically important resource for producing pharmaceuticals products. At the same time, climate change and other issues have led to water cycle abnormalities on a global scale, causing droughts, floods, and other regional disasters.

Under the Kirin Group Environmental Vision 2050, a society in 2050 that we want to create together, that is, “a society that uses sustainable water resources”, the Kyowa Kirin Group is endeavoring to save water and preserve water sources in cooperation with its stakeholders. As a more specific target for saving water, we are upholding a global goal of reducing water use in fiscal 2030 by 30% from the fiscal 2015 level to 36,926 million m3 or less*1, and are working to achieve the goal. Furthermore, by setting and managing per-unit water use reduction targets for each business site, the Kyowa Kirin Group achieved a 3.9% year-on-year reduction in fiscal 2019, exceeding the Group-wide target of a 1% reduction year-on-year*2.

  1. *1:
    Scope of subjects covered: The plants and research laboratories of the Kyowa Kirin Group and the Kyowa Hakko Bio Group.
  2. *2:
    Scope of subjects covered: The domestic plants and research laboratories of the Kyowa Kirin Group and the plants of Kyowa Kirin China Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd.

Kirin Holdings Co., Ltd. has been highly evaluated for its efforts to conserve water resources throughout the Kirin Group, including our company, and has received the highest evaluation in water security by the CDP, an international non-profit organization that provides environmental information disclosure systems. It has been certified as an "A List" company for 4 consecutive years.

Kirin Group has been certified the highest rating "A List" in 2019 CDP Water Security for 4 consecutive years.(in Japanese only)Open in new window

Using Water Sparingly

The Kyowa Kirin Group is striving to use water more efficiently in its production processes. By recycling and reusing water, we are striving to consume less water.

Changes in water consumption*1, 2, 3
Change in water consumption
  1. *1:
    The scope of subjects covered includes the plants and research laboratories of the Kyowa Kirin Group and the Kyowa Hakko Bio Group until 2018. For 2019, only the Kyowa Kirin Group is covered, with the water consumption of the Kyowa Hakko Bio Group represented by the dotted section of the bar.
  2. *2:
    The target figure for 2030 represents a combined figure for the Kyowa Kirin Group and the Kyowa Hakko Bio Group.
  3. *3:
    Consolidated net sales used for calculating per-unit data are based on J-GAAP for 2015 and on IFRS after 2016.

Water-source Preservation

In support of the Kirin Group’s activities to protect the blessings of water, the Kyowa Kirin Group has been engaged in the Kirin Group’s water-source forestation activities and greening/cleaning activities.
* See below for details.
Activities to protect the blessings of water