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About Meiji

At a Glance

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Get to know Meiji at a glance – from our core business to our most important numbers.

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Climate Change

Position on Climate Change

The impact of global warming from climate change has resulted in a number of abnormal weather phenomena, including heat waves, dry spells, and concentrated heavy rains. These have caused great damage to the natural environment, including droughts and flooding. The Meiji Group recognizes climate change as a crucial social issue that must be resolved. This is because the Group's business operations originate from the bounty of nature.

In light of the IPCC-issued Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5°C, the Meiji Group has realigned its reduction targets for CO2 emissions by 2030 in accordance with the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi), and is acquired its certification in September 2021.

The Meiji Group supports Japanese laws pertaining to climate change, such as the Act on the Rational Use of Energy and the Act on Promotion of Global Warming Countermeasures, and reports on its progress toward achieving medium- and long-term targets for greenhouse gas emissions and energy consumption every fiscal year.

To encourage greater CO2 reductions, we introduced an internal carbon pricing system in October 2021.

Looking to the future, our efforts to mitigate climate change will continue, and we will focus on introducing energy-saving measures, making use of solar power technology, and purchasing electricity from renewable sources. Meiji Group's target is to attain carbon neutrality by 2050, and we will continue to work towards further reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

CARBON NEUTRALITY BY 2050

CARBON NEUTRALITY BY 2050

Our Climate Change Targets

Targets of the 2023 Medium-Term Business Plan (effective until March 31, 2024)
KPI Base Year Results Target
FYE 3/2022 FYE 3/2024 FYE 3/2031 FYE 3/2051
Reduce company-wide CO2 emissions (Scope 1, 2) by at least 50% by FYE 3/2031
(Scope of aggregation: Consolidated subsidiaries of Meiji Group)
FYE 3/2020 11.3% 19% 50% Achieve Carbon Neutral
Reduce CO2 emissions (Scope 3 from purchased goods and services, upstream and downstream transportation and distribution, and end of life treatment of sold products) by at least 30% by FYE 3/2031
(Scope of aggregation: Consolidated subsidiaries of Meiji Group)
FYE 3/20201 2.8% 11% 30% Achieve Carbon Neutral
Reduce CO2 emissions (Scope 3 from purchased goods and services) by at least 30% by FYE 3/2031
(Scope of aggregation: Consolidated subsidiaries of Meiji Group)
FYE 3/20201 3.3% 11% 30% Achieve Carbon Neutral
Expand renewable energy usage to make up at least 50% of total company-wide usage by FYE 3/2031
(Scope of aggregation: Consolidated subsidiaries of Meiji Group)
- 5.3% 15% 50% 100%
Total abolition of CFC-using refrigeration, freezer, and other equipment at all production sites by FYE 3/2031
(Scope of aggregation: Consolidated domestic subsidiaries of Meiji Group)
FYE 3/2021 48.4% Reduce equipment over 35% Achieve total abolition -

1.The emission volume for the base year was 2,977,000 t-CO2

Reduce CO2 Emissions

Energy Usage1
Unit FYE 3/2018 FYE 3/2019 FYE 3/2020 FYE 3/2021 FYE 3/2022
Energy consumption volume oil:10,000 ㎘ 24.5 24.6 26.0 24.8 24.0
TJ 9,281 9,845 10,714 9,766 9,424
Per unit of sales TJ/hundred million of yen 0.8 0.8 0.9 0.9 0.9
Electricity usage MWh 542,186 534,616 569,049 631,404 772,659
CO2 Emissions (Scope 1, 2)2
Unit FYE 3/2018 FYE 3/2019 FYE 3/2020 FYE 3/2021 FYE 3/2022
Japan 10,000 tons-CO2 50.5 51.0 50.2 46.9 43.7
Overseas 10,000 tons-CO2 12.4 11.3 10.2 9.4 9.9
Total1 10,000 tons-CO2 62.9 62.3 60.4 56.3 53.6
Per Unit of Sales1 t-CO2 / 100 million yen 50.6 49.7 48.2 47.2 44.8
Scope 12
(Unit: 10,000 tons-CO2)
FYE 3/2018 FYE 3/2019 FYE 3/2020 FYE 3/2021 FYE 3/2022
Japan 23.0 22.8 22.2 21.5 22.1
China 0.3 0.5 0.5 0.3 0.3
Asia (Excluding Japan and China) 1.3 1.1 1.0 1.0 1.0
North America and Europe 1.3 1.1 1.1 1.1 1.1
Total 26.0 25.5 24.8 23.9 24.5
Scope 22
(Unit: 10,000 tons-CO2)
FYE 3/2018 FYE 3/2019 FYE 3/2020 FYE 3/2021 FYE 3/2022
Japan 27.4 28.2 27.9 25.4 21.6
China 3.0 2.5 2.2 2.6 2.7
Asia (Excluding Japan and China) 5.5 5.2 4.7 3.6 3.9
North America and Europe 0.9 0.9 0.7 0.8 0.8
Total 36.9 36.8 35.6 32.4 29.0
Scope 33
(Unit: 10,000 tons-CO2)
Category FYE 3/2018 FYE 3/2019 FYE 3/2020 FYE 3/2021 FYE 3/2022
1. Purchased goods and services 176.3 243.7 234.3 225.9 228.4
2. Capital goods 22.5 22.4 22.3 21.3 29.2
3. Fuel- and energy-related activities not included in Scope 1 or Scope 2 1.9 2.0 2.2 2.1 1.9
4. Upstream transport and delivery - 25.2 24.4 24.3 23.7
5. Waste generated in operations 1.6 1.2 1.7 1.1 0.8
6. Business travel 0.2 0.2 0.2 0.2 0.2
7. Employee commuting 0.4 0.4 0.4 0.4 0.4
8. Leased assets (upstream) N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
9. Downstream transportation and delivery - 17.7 13.5 15.6 14.7
10. Processing of sold products N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
11. Use of sold products N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
12. End-of-life treatment of sold products 0.6 6.1 4.4 3.9 3.6
13. Downstream Leased Assets N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
14. Franchises N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
15. Investments N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Scope 3 Total (Domestic) 203.5 318.9 303.5 294.8 302.7
Scope 3 Total (Global) - - 325.3 313.5 322.7

1.The accounting standard for revenue recognition is not applied to sales used in the calculation of the per sales unit.

2.Applies to the Meiji Group (the domestic Meiji Group and 12 overseas production plants <13 plants in FYE 3/2021,14 plants in FYE 3/2022>). The Kumamoto Plant of KM Biologics Co., Ltd. was included in the calculation from FYE 3/2019, and all of the company's sites were included from FYE 3/2020. The accounting standard for revenue recognition is not applied to sales used in the calculation of the per sales unit.
The scope of data collection has been altered, and past data has been revised.

3. Values for categories 1 to 15 include data from the domestic Meiji Group. The Kumamoto Plant of KM Biologics was included in the calculation from FYE 3/2019, and all of the company's sites were included from FYE 3/2020.

Energy-Saving Measures

In order to help fight climate change, we are employing energy-saving measures throughout our entire business operation. Our production sites are continuing efforts to make use of and introduce new low-CO2 emission fuels and high-efficiency equipment.

Introduction of Highly Efficient Energy-Saving Equipment

In order to mitigate the impact on the global environment, we are working on energy saving. As part of the initiatives, we are installing highly efficient energy-saving equipment at some of our production plants. Additionally, along with the modification in how we use our equipment, we are aiming for improvements to our operational efficiency, as well as even greater future energy savings.

Photo: Meiji Seika Pharma's Gifu Plant

Energy-efficient transformer at Meiji Seika Pharma's Gifu Plant

Eco-Friendly Logistics Initiatives Such as the Introduction of Modal Shift

Meiji Group is aiming to reduce energy consumption and carbon emissions by increasing the efficiency of its delivery vehicles.
For urban areas, this involves working to increase the carrying capacity of our trucks. For rural areas, we are working to increase delivery efficiency by sharing deliveries with other manufacturers.

In addition to this, we are focusing on carrying out a transportation modal shift. By moving away from truck-based transportation and towards railway and maritime transportation for our deliveries from Hokkaido to the Tokyo, Nagoya, Osaka areas, we achieved a modal shift rate of 16% in FY2021. Thanks to these initiatives, in FY2021 the CO2 emissions of our transportation is down to 97% of the previous year.

We are working to reduce electricity consumption at Meiji Group transportation centers and distribution warehouses by switching from mercury lighting and fluorescent lighting to LED technology.

Additionally, we are aiming at a reduction in energy usage through switching from CFC refrigerants in our refrigerated warehouses, in favor of highly efficient natural refrigerants, as well HFCs.

Changeover to Low-Emission Vehicles; Fleet Reductions

We began changing our delivery trucks and sales vehicle fleets to eco cars in FY2012. We have also cut down the size of our sales vehicle fleet.

Number of Eco Cars*
FYE 3/2017 FYE 3/2018 FYE 3/2019 FYE 3/2020 FYE 3/2021 FYE 3/2022
Number of Eco car 629 508 558 574 660 772

* Scope of aggregation: Meiji and Meiji Seika Pharma units. From March 2019 KM Biologics also included.

Reduction of Scope 3 Emissions

CO2 reductions in Category 1, which accounts for 77% of Scope 3 emissions

To achieve carbon neutrality, we will actively encourage and collaborate with our suppliers to reduce CO2 emissions.
We take measures to understand the actual state of major suppliers' CO2 reduction targets and efforts, and we promote engagement based on that understanding.

Action for raw milk and dairy ingredients

As a member company of the Global Dairy Platform (GDP), a global alliance of players in the dairy industry, we are fully committed to carbon neutrality in line with GDP's "Pathways to Dairy Net Zero," in full cooperation with industry associations and other players, government, and academia.

Meiji's independent Meiji Dairy Advisory (MDA)

In MDA, an independent Meiji activities for supporting dairy farmer management, we are working to reduce GHG emissions by improving production efficiency.
We will also promote activities such as providing feedstuffs that suppresses the production of methane in the digestive tract of dairy cows, as well as breeding dairy cows that produce less methane.

Action for Cocoa

We participate in the Cocoa & Forests Initiative, a global partnership for the protection and restoration of forests, and work with the government of Ghana and related organizations to aid forest conservation. In addition, we are working with cacao farmers in Tomé-Açu, Brazil, to promote agroforestry farming*, a form of agriculture that creates forests, in our forest conservation work.
In Meiji Cocoa Support, an independent Meiji activity supporting cocoa farmers, we donate wells, distribute free seedlings, and provide guidance on farm management, activities leading to the conservation of forests that will sequester CO2.

*"Agroforestry farming:" A combination of the words "agriculture" and "forestry." This is an agricultural method in which a diverse set of agriculture and forestry is cultivated in keeping with the natural ecosystem on land after trees have been harvested.

Action for Palm oil

Promoting replacement to RSPO-certified palm oil
We are taking action toward 100% replacemet to palm oil certified by the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) by FY2023. This helps prevent deforestation, thereby promoting CO2 capture.

Action for Plastic

By reducing the weight of plastic containers and packaging, we are working to reduce CO2 emissions during product manufacturing, delivery, and disposal. We are also working with suppliers and others to switch their container and packaging raw materials from fossil fuel-derived plastics to recycled plastics and bioplastics, which have a smaller environmental impact, while still ensuring product quality.

Launched switch to a bioplastic mix for containers in 2021

In February 2021, we began blending bioplastics into straws, plastic cups, and other containers and packaging. Furthermore, from July 2022, we will gradually switch to bioplastics for use in the caps of Meiji Oishii Gyunyu and other products. As a result, we aim to reduce CO2 emissions from containers by approximately 10% to 15%* compared to conventional methods.
*Our CO2 reduction rate is certified by Carbon Trust.

Action for paper raw materials

By FY2023, we will switch 100% of product containers and packaging materials to eco-friendly paper raw materials (FSC® -certified or other forest certified paper, including recycled paper). This helps prevent deforestation, thereby promoting CO2 capture.

*FSC® (Forest Stewardship Council®): An NPO for global forest management, dissemination, and certification

Promotion of Renewable Energy

Renewable power sources like solar, wind, and biomass power not only help reduce consumption of non-renewable resources like petroleum, they also help us curtail emissions of greenhouse gases like CO2. Meiji Group is helping to fight climate change through various energy-related initiatives.

Introduction of renewable energy generation facilities, including solar generators

We are working to reduce our CO2 emissions by installing renewable energy generation facilities, such as solar panels. Numerous Meiji Group sites have installed large-scale solar panels, and are making use of renewable energy as a result. This is true both domestically, such as our plants in Osaka, Aichi, Kyushu,Kyoto, as well as internationally, such as the Meiji America Santa Ana Plant in the U.S. We are planning further installation of renewable energy generation facilities in the future, both in Japan and abroad.

Sites Fitted with Solar Power Generating Equipment in FY2021
Photo: Kyoto Plant

Kyoto Plant(April 2021 operation)

Solar Power Results (FYE 3/2022)
Power Generation Volume (MWh) Power Generation Capacity (kW) CO2 Reduction Volume (tons)
Osaka Plant, Meiji 220 200 100
Aichi Plant, Meiji 913 750 414
Kyushu Plant, Meiji1 1052 672 476
Kyoto Plant4 234 721 106
Meiji Oils and Fats1 238 202 108
Tochigi Meiji Milk Products2 330 290 149
Tokai Meiji Group3 445 262 202
Mito Research Center, Meiji Feed 23 50 10
Kikuchi Research Lab. KM Biologics 143 137 65
KM Biologics Delivery Center 118 107 54
Santa Ana Plant, Meiji America 217 270 91

1 April 2020 operation

2 September 2020 operation

3 March 2021 operation

4 December 2021 operation

CO2 Emission Reductions Due to Solar Power Generation
(Unit: 10,000 tons-CO2)
FYE 3/2018 FYE 3/2019 FYE 3/2020 FYE 3/2021 FYE 3/2022
CO2 Emission Reductions Due to Solar Power Generation 595 570 670 1,467 1,774
Purchase of electricity from renewable sources

We are also systematically purchasing electricity from renewable sources.
From 2018, Medreich Limited (India) has been purchasing electricity generated by solar technology.
From 2019, Medreich PLC (United Kingdom) has been purchasing 100% of its electricity from wind-power generated sources.
From April 2021, Aichi Plant of Meiji ,and from April 2022,Tokai plant began purchasing 100% renewable electricity.

Use of bioenergy

Sakado Plant of Meiji and Meiji Chewing Gum make use of methane biogas as fuel, for example in its boilers.

Improved Environmental Data Management

We continue to improve our environmental data management system, which provides evidence of our initiatives dealing with climate change and global warming. In addition to consolidated group data collection and disclosure, we have an independent entity draft group management standards and perform audits to verify our environmental management system operations, as well as improve our data transparency and reliability.

CO2 emission levels third party verification

Meiji Group's Integrated Report 2022 contains a report of our FYE 3/2022 domestic CO2 emissions. In order to improve the reliability of the data obtained, we have obtained the independent practitioner's assurance for domestic CO2 emission volume (Scope 1, Scope 2, Scope 3 category 1) from Deloitte Tohmatsu Sustainability.

Eliminate Specific CFCs

Promotion of Converting from CFCs to Natural Refrigerants, As Well As HFCs

The use of CFCs has become an important issue, due to their ability to trigger ozone depletion, thus greatly speeding up climate change.

Following the guidelines of the Montreal Protocol, we perform periodic inspection of facilities that make use of CFCs, in order to reduce the risk of CFC leakage. At the same time, as part of our climate change initiatives, we are continuing to switch over from CFCs to natural refrigerants.

We are working to completely eliminate CFC-using equipment by FY2030.

Cases of Switching to Natural Refrigerants

Meiji Group is aiming to further reduce CO2 emissions by introducing new energy-saving machines that use natural refrigerants. We are actively making use of subsidies from the Ministry of the Environment for this purpose.

    Meiji
  • FYE 3/2016: Kyoto plant, Gunma plant
  • FYE 3/2018: Kyushu plant
  • FYE 3/2019: Kyoto plant, Moriya plant, Tokai Meiji
  • FYE 3/2020: Kanagawa plant, Moriya plant, Nagano depot, Tokai Meiji
  • FYE 3/2021: Toda Plant, Tokai Plant, Shikoku Meiji(Kagawa Plant)
  • FYE 3/2022: Moriya Plant,Nagano Cheese Plant

* Several location names appear repeatedly due to sequential conversion from CFC refrigerants to natural refrigerant-using machines

    Meiji Seika Pharma
  • No cases after FY2015
    KM Biologics
  • FYE 3/2016: Kumamoto plant
  • FYE 3/2022: Kumamoto Production Center,Kikuchi Reserch Center,Koshi Production Center,Aso Production Center