Climate Change

Social Issues

Environmental Management


Reduce total domestic CO2 emissions by more than 15% compared with FYE March 2014 baseline by FYE March 2031

Environmental Philosophy

Recognizing that our business operations originate from the bounty of nature, the Meiji Group will contribute to the creation of a sustainable society. To this end, we intend to harmonize our business activities with the global environment and manage the group in a way that protects the environment.


Environmental Management

Food segment and Pharmaceutical segment conduct environmental management through environmental committees comprised of representatives from related departments. Established in 2016, the Meiji Group Environment Meeting monitors the progress of each company's environmental measures and reports to the Group CSR Committee.

Third-Party Certification

Food Segment
ISO 14001 : Multisite
Eco-Action 21 : Four group companies
Pharmaceutical Segment
ISO 14001 : Two plants, one research laboratory

Material Balance (Fiscal Year Ended March 2018)




  • Total Material Input Volume
    Raw materials
    2,212,000 tons
    Packaging containers
    148,000 tons
  • Total Energy Input Volume
    9,282,000 GJ
    5,193,000 GJ
    4,089,000 GJ
  • Water Resource Input Volume
    City water
    1,348,000 m³
    Well water
    14,757,000 m³
    Water for industrial use
    6,200,000 m³
    Service water
    22,305,000 m³


  • Waste
    63,000 tons
    Packaging containers
    59,000 tons
  • Total Water Discharge
    Water discharge volume
    17,914,000 m³
  • Chemicals Discharge
    PRTR substances discharge volume
    16 tons
    PRTR substances transfer
    386 tons
  • Greenhouse Gas
    Discharge Volume
    490,000 tons
  • Impact Volume
    Related to
    Pollution and Living
    136 tons
    65 tons




  • Greenhouse Gas Discharge Volume
    Vehicle Fuel
    14,000 tons-CO2




  • Total Product Sales Volume
    Total product sales volume
    2,299,000 tons


  • Energy Input Volume
    Vehicle Fuel
    212,000 GJ



Figures are for the domestic Meiji Group,
including manufacturing subsidiaries.
Environmental Accounting

We calculated environmental preservation costs and economic effects for FYE March/2018 based on guidelines furnished by the Ministry of the Environment in Japan.

Environmental accounting figures are based on totals for Food segment and Pharmaceutical segment. Calculating investments, costs and economic benefits for environmental preservation encourages greater efficiency in Meiji Group activities.

Environmental Preservation Costs Millions of yen
Details FYE 3/2016 FYE 3/2017 FYE 3/2018
Capital expenditures Costs Capital expenditures Costs Capital expenditures Costs
Costs within business            
Pollution prevention costs
Air pollution control, Water pollution control, Soil pollution prevention, Stink prevention, Land subsidence prevention, etc.
321 2,849 137 2,784 147 3,071
Environmental preservation costs
Implementation of energy saving and greenhouse reduction measures, etc.
354 575 478 569 673 705
Resource circulation costs
Global warming prevention, energy saving, ozone depletion prevention, etc.
23 619 6 692 2 791
Upstream and downstream costs            
Environmentally sound procurement and purchase 0 2 0 40 14 5
Management activity costs            
Disclosure of environmental information and activities and oparation of environmental management system 1 146 0 131 0 115
Research and development costs            
Research and development for reducing environmental impact 0 0 0 0 0 0
Social contribution costs            
Nature conservation and tree-planting activities 0 13 0 12 2 8
Environmental damage costs            
Natural resource restoration 0 9 0 9 0 10
Total 698 4,213 621 4,237 837 4,705
Economic Effects of Environmental Preservation Measures (Millions of yen)
Details FYE 3/2016 FYE 3/2017 FYE 3/2018
Benefit Benefit Benefit
Energy saving 143 131 182
Waste reduction 37 28 23
Sale of valuables 105 78 58
Total 285 237 263
  • * Calculation parameters
    Scope: Meiji's and Meiji Seika pharma's plants and research centers, respectively.
    1. (1) Totals were calculated based on environmental accounting standards prepared in accordance with the Environmental Accounting Guidelines of the Ministry of the Environment.
    2. (2) Costs include depreciation and amortization, personnel expenses, utility costs, repair costs, and other costs.
    3. (3) Depreciation and amortization was calculated by identifying environmental equipment and facilities in the fixed asset ledger and using their statutory useful life.

Reduce CO2 Emissions


Reduce total domestic CO2 emissions by more than 15% compared with FYE March 2014 baseline by FYE March 2031.

Energy Conservation Measures

We strive to conserve energy and resources by installing energy efficient equipment, improving existing production equipment, and converting to energy sources with lower CO2 emissions.


Energy Consumption and CO2 Emissions

We are working to conserve energy and reduce CO2 emissions during production by converting from heavy oil to municipal gas. We also make use of in-house cogeneration systems that utilize waste heat efficiently.


We converted Kyushu Plant in Food segment from heavy oil to liquefied natural gas (LNG) satellite equipment and high-efficiency gas boilers. This conversion has reduced CO2 emissions by 900 tons per year.


We upgraded the once-through boiler* at Pharmaceutical Research Center in Pharmaceutical segment to a high-efficiency unit, saving 200 tons of CO2 emissions annually (FYE March/2017).

  • * Equipment that creates a heat source (steam, hot water) by using fuel to heat water.
Pharmaceutical Research Center in Pharmaceutical segment
Eco-Friendly Logistics via Modal Shifts and Double-Deck Trucks

At Meiji, we strive to reduce our environmental footprint in materials procurement, product delivery, and other logistics operations. We have introduced modal shifts and double-deck trucks to transport products of differing temperature zones on a single vehicle.

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 (vehicles)

FYE March/2015
FYE March/2016
FYE March/2017
FYE March/2018

Renewable energy


Solar Power Generation at Meiji Production Plants

We use renewable energy to reduce CO2 emissions. Osaka Plant, Aichi Plant, and Santa Ana Plant in Food segment have installed solar panels.


FYE March/2018

Osaka Plant
Power generation volume: 237,568 kWh (power generation capacity: 200 kW)
CO2 reduction volume: 120.9 ton

Aichi Plant
Power generation volume: 978,679 kWh (power generation capacity: 750 kW)
CO2 reduction volume: 474.6 ton

Laguna Cookie Co., Inc. , Santa Ana Plant
Power generation volume: 272,000 kWh (power generation capacity: 270 kW)

Osaka Plant
Santa Ana Plant
Santa Ana Plant
Aichi Plant
Generating Electricity via Bioenergy

In addition to the use of activated sludge processing at Sakado Plant and at Meiji Chewing Gum Co., Ltd., we are incorporating discharged water treatment technology that utilizes methane fermentation*. We use methane gas as a fuel for boilers.

  • * Methane fermentation treatment method - Treatment method that uses anaerobic microorganisms (absence of oxygen) to break down organic solids in discharged water, converting them to methane gas and CO2.
Methane fermentation process (Sakado plant in Food segment)

Carbon Emissions Trading

We use renewable energy sources (solar power, etc.) and adopt the carbon emission trading system to reduce greenhouse gases, a contributor to climate change.

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.


Improved CO2 Management System

In addition to acquiring data from our worldwide operations, we are considering whether to adopt global management standards and environmental data management systems.

Disclosure of Scope 1, 2, and 3 data
Independent Practitioner’s Assurance of CO2 Emissions

In order to improve the reliability of the data, we obtained the independent practitioner’s assurance for the domestic CO2 emissions (Scope 1 and 2) of FYE March 2018 indicated on p.36 in the Integrated Report 2018 by Deloitte Tohmatsu Sustainability Co., Ltd. We will work hard to improve the reliability of all environmental data.

Eliminate the Use of Specified Fluorocarbons


Eliminate the use of specified fluorocarbons in air conditioners and large-scale facilities in Japan by FYE March 2036.

Switch to Alternative Fluorocarbons and Natural Refrigerants

We are moving our large-scale facilities to natural refrigerants (ammonia, etc.) as an alternative to specified fluorocarbons (R22, etc.) used widely in air conditioners today.


Switch to Alternative Fluorocarbons and Natural Refrigerants

Kyoto, Gunma and Kyushu Plants in Food segment have adopted natural refrigerants, reducing CO2 emissions as a result.

  • FYE March /2016 Kyoto Plant CO2 reducation Volume : 472 ton
  • FYE March /2016 Gunma Plant CO2 reducation Volume : 199 ton
  • FYE March /2016 Kyushu Plant CO2 reducation Volume : 36 ton
Kyushu Plant