Climate Change

SDGs

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 aiming to acquire its certification.
The Meiji Group complies with all climate change related laws, and publishes yearly data concerning our progress towards our medium-term goals. This includes energy usage, and the quantity of greenhouse gases emitted.
We are also working to introduce a system of internal carbon pricing, with the aim of incentivizing reduction of CO2 emissions. We are aiming to begin operation of this system during FY2021.
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.

Our Climate Change Targets

Targets of the 2020 Medium-Term Business Plan (effective until March 31, 2021)

KPI Result
FYE 3/2019 FYE 3/2020 FYE 3/2021
Reduce company-wide CO2 emissions (Scope 1, 2) by at least 40% by FYE 3/2031 (compared to FYE 3/2016)
(Scope of aggregation: Consolidated subsidiaries of Meiji Group. From FYE 3/2020, KM Biologics is also included.)
11.9% 18.5%* 24.1%*
Expand renewable energy usage to make up at least 50% of total company-wide usage by FYE 3/2031
(Scope of aggregation: Consolidated domestic subsidiaries of Meiji Group. From FYE 3/2020, KM Biologics and overseas subsidiaries are also included.)
0.2% 2.1% 2.5%
Total abolition of CFC-using refrigeration, freezer, and other equipment at all domestic production sites by FYE 3/2031
(Scope of aggregation: Consolidated domestic subsidiaries of Meiji Group)
Planned switching to CFC substitutes and natural refrigerants Planned switch to CFC substitutes and natural refrigerants Base Year
Planned switch to CFC substitutes and natural refrigerants
  • * Total emissions in the base year are 742,000 t -CO2 including the emissions from KM Biologics.

Targets of the 2023 Medium-Term Business Plan (effective until March 31, 2024)

KPI Base Year Target
FYE 3/2024 FYE 3/2031 FYE 3/2051
Reduce company-wide CO2 emissions (Scope 1, 2) by at least 40% by FYE 3/2031
(Scope of aggregation: Consolidated subsidiaries of Meiji Group)
FYE 3/2016 23% 40% Achieve Carbon Neutral
Reduce CO2 emissions (Scope 3) by at least 14% by FYE 3/2031
(Scope of aggregation: Consolidated subsidiaries of Meiji Group)
FYE 3/2020 5% 14% -
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)
- 15% 50% 100%
Total abolition of CFC-using refrigeration, freezer, and other equipment at all domestic production sites by FYE 3/2031
(Scope of aggregation: Consolidated domestic subsidiaries of Meiji Group)
FYE 3/2021 Reduce equipment over 35% Achieve total abolition -

Reduce CO2 Emissions

Energy usage

Unit FYE 3/2017 FYE 3/2018 FYE 3/2019 FYE 3/2020 FYE 3/2021
Emergy consumption volume oil:10,000 kL 24.5 24.0 24.6 26.0 24.8
TJ 9,462 9,281 9,845 10,714 9,766
Per unit of sales kL/hundred million of yen 21.0 20.7 21.1 22.4 22.5

CO2 Emissions (Scope 1, 2)*1

Unit FYE 3/2017 FYE 3/2018 FYE 3/2019 FYE 3/2020 FYE 3/2021
Japan 10,000 tons-CO2 52.3 50.5 51.0 50.2 46.9
Overseas 10,000 tons-CO2 12.7 12.4 11.3 10.2 9.4
Total*1 10,000 tons-CO2 65.0 62.9 62.3 60.4 56.3
Per Unit of Sales*1 t-CO2 / 100 million yen 52.4 50.6 49.7 48.2 47.2

Scope 1*1

(Unit: 10,000 tons-CO2)

FYE 3/2017 FYE 3/2018 FYE 3/2019 FYE 3/2020 FYE 3/2021
Japan 23.6 23.0 22.8 22.2 21.5
China 0.5 0.3 0.5 0.5 0.3
Asia (Excluding Japan and China) 1.5 1.3 1.1 1.0 1.0
North America and Europe 1.1 1.3 1.1 1.1 1.1
Total 26.7 26.0 25.5 24.8 23.9

Scope 2*1

(Unit: 10,000 tons-CO2)

FYE 3/2017 FYE 3/2018 FYE 3/2019 FYE 3/2020 FYE 3/2021
Japan 28.7 27.4 28.2 27.9 25.4
China 3.5 3.0 2.5 2.2 2.6
Asia (Excluding Japan and China) 5.3 5.5 5.2 4.7 3.6
North America and Europe 0.9 0.9 0.9 0.7 0.8
Total 38.4 36.9 36.8 35.6 32.4

Scope 3*2

(Unit: 10,000 tons-CO2)

Category FYE 3/2018 FYE 3/2019 FYE 3/2020 FYE 3/2021
1. Purchased goods and services 176.3 243.7 234.3 226.1
2. Capital goods 22.5 22.4 22.3 21.3
3. Fuel- and energy-related activities not included in Scope 1 or Scope 2 1.9 2.0 2.2 2.1
4. Upstream transport and delivery - 25.2 24.4 24.3
5. Waste generated in operations 1.6 1.2 1.7 1.1
6. Business travel 0.2 0.2 0.2 0.2
7. Employee commuting 0.4 0.4 0.4 0.4
8. Leased assets (upstream) Not Calculated Not Calculated Not Calculated Not Calculated
9. Downstream transportation and delivery - 17.7 13.5 15.6
10. Processing of sold products N/A N/A N/A N/A
11. Use of sold products Not Calculated Not Calculated Not Calculated Not Calculated
12. End-of-life treatment of sold products 0.6 6.1 4.4 3.9
13. Downstream Leased Assets Not Calculated Not Calculated Not Calculated Not Calculated
14. Franchises Not Calculated Not Calculated Not Calculated Not Calculated
15. Investments Not Calculated Not Calculated Not Calculated Not Calculated
Scope 3 Total (Domestic) 203.5 318.9 303.5 294.9
Scope 3 Total (Global) - - 325.3 313.7

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.

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

Modal shift and introduction of two-compartment trucks for more eco-friendly transportation

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 FY2019. Thanks to these initiatives, in FY2019 the CO2 emissions of our transportation is down to 96% 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 FYE March/2013. We have also cut down the size of our sales vehicle fleet.

Number of Eco Cars*

FYE 3/2016 FYE 3/2017 FYE 3/2018 FYE 3/2019 FYE 3/2020 FYE 3/2021
Number of Eco car 549 629 508 558 574 660
  • * Scope of aggregation: Meiji Co., Ltd. and Meiji Seika Pharma Co., Ltd. From March 2019 KM Biologics Co., Ltd. also included.

Reduction of Scope 3 Emissions

We at Meiji Group are not just working to reduce our own emissions, but also the emissions throughout our supply chain (Scope 3)

Of our Scope 3 emissions, 76% are of category 1 (raw materials, packaging production), category 4 (upstream supply chain), category 9 (downstream supply chain), and category 12 (disposal by customers). To address these categories, we are taking the following steps:

  1. We are working to reduce loss of raw materials and packaging materials during the production process
  2. We have set a target of switching completely to certified sustainable palm oil by FY2023, in order to help stop further deforestation.
  3. We are carrying out initiatives to reduce plastic usage by 25% by FY2030 (compared to FY2017), for example by producing lighter and/or thinner plastic packaging.
  4. We are working to reduce CO2 emissions by carrying out a modal shift for both transportation between Meiji sites, and transportation between Meiji and our customers, as well as by making use of two-compartment trucks that can transport refrigerated and non-refrigerated materials simultaneously.

Examples of Scope 3, Category 1 Reduction

We at Meiji Group are continuing to reduce our Scope 3, category 1 emissions.

We are working with our suppliers to reduce our reliance on petroleum-based plastics, aiming for a domestic reduction in plastics (including plastic packaging) by at least 15% by FY2023, and by at least 25% by FY2030 (compared to FY2017).
We are continuing development on reducing the weight of our Meiji Probio Yogurt drink plastic bottles by 33%, compared to its original weight.

Compared to FY2017, our use of plastics dropped by 3,030 tons*1 by FY2019 - a reduction equivalent to 1,550 tons of CO2*2.

Additionally, we are examining the possibility of switching from plastic to paper packaging for our yogurt and confectionary products.

We make use of around 650 million straws per year, and will move towards making them from a combination of bioplastics.
We are also examining the possibility of switching other plastic parts to a combination of bioplastics or recycled plastics, such as Meiji SAVAS protein drink plastic caps, and plastic packaging for fruit gummy and other Meiji confectionery.

Looking to the future, we will further expand our use of paper, bioplastics, and recycled plastics, aiming to reduce our use of fossil fuel-based plastics to zero.

  • *1 Plastic used in the Meiji Probio Yogurt R-1/LG21/PA-3 Drinks
  • *2 Calculated based on coefficient data provided in the Database of Emissions Unit Values for Calculation of Greenhouse Gas etc., by Organizations Throughout the Supply Chain (Ver. 2.5).

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, 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 FY2020
Kyushu Plant (April 2020 operation)
Meiji Oils and Fats (April 2020 Operation)
Tochigi Meiji (September 2020 Operation)
Tokai Meiji (March 2021 Operation)

Solar Power Results (FYE 3/2021)

Power Generation Volume (MWh) Power Generation Capacity (kW) CO2 Reduction Volume (tons)
Osaka Plant, Meiji Co. Ltd. 216 200 102
Aichi Plant, Meiji Co. Ltd. 923 750 434
Kyushu Plant, Meiji Co. Ltd. *1 1091 672 513
Meiji Oils and Fats *1 240 202 113
Tochigi Meiji Milk Products *2 135 290 64
Tokai Meiji Group *3 28 262 13
Kikuchi Research Lab. KM Biologics Co. Ltd. 151 137 71
KM Biologics Delivery Center 123 107 58
Santa Ana Plant, Laguna Cookie Co., Inc. 207 270 87
  • *1 April 2020 operation
  • *2 September 2020 operation
  • *3 March 2021 operation

CO2 emission reductions due to solar power generation

(Unit: 10,000 t-CO2)

FYE 3/2017 FYE 3/2018 FYE 3/2019 FYE 3/2020 FYE 3/2021
CO2 emission reductions due to solar power generation 590 595 570 670 1,453
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 Co., Ltd. began purchasing 100% renewable electricity.

Use of Bioenergy

Sakado Plant of Meiji Co., Ltd. and Meiji Chewing Gum Co., Ltd. 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 2020 contains a report of our FY2019 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 Co., Ltd.
We are set to receive independent practitioner’s assurance for our FY2020 energy consumption data during FY2021.

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.

In terms of our domestic production sites, FY2020 saw an 8% decrease in CFC retention (compared to FY2019), thanks in part to updating to non-CFC 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 Co., Ltd.
  • FYE 3/2016: Kyoto plant, Gunma plant
  • FYE 3/2018: Kyushu plant
  • FYE 3 /2019: Kyoto plant, Moriya plant, Tokai Meiji Co., Ltd.
  • FYE 3/2020: Kanagawa plant, Moriya plant, Nagano depot, Tokai Meiji Co., Ltd.
  • FYE 3/2021: Toda Plant, Tokai Plant, Shikoku Meiji Co., Ltd. (Kagawa Plant)
  • * Several location names appear repeatedly due to sequential conversion from CFC refrigerants to natural refrigerant-using machines.
Meiji Seika Pharma Co., Ltd.
  • No cases after FY2015
KM Biologics Co., Ltd.
  • FYE March/2016:Kumamoto plant
  • No cases after FY2016