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 SBT (Science Based Targets) initiative, and is aiming for SBT certification.
Going forward, we will continue to proactively promote a number of initiatives to reduce CO2 emissions, including energy-saving activities and the utilization of renewable energy.

SDGs
Social Issues

New Target

Reduce group-wide CO2 emission volume (Scope 1 and 2) by at least 40% compared with FYE 3/2016 baseline by FYE 3/2031

  • * FYE 3/2016 CO2 emission volume includes the emission volume of KM Biologics.
  • New KPI and target from FYE 3/2021

New Target

Increase the share of renewable energy to at least 50% of group-wide power usage by FYE 3/2031

  • New KPI and target from FYE 3/2031

Reduce CO2 Emissions

On Scope 3 Reductions

The Meiji Group is also working to reduce CO2 emissions generated across the entire supply chain. To the end of acquiring SBT (Science Based Targets) certification, we are considering setting targets for our Scope 3 emissions in FY2020.

Energy-Saving Measures

We are working to save energy in all stages of our business activities. At our production sites, we are switching to low CO2 emission fuels and installing highly energy-efficient equipment.

Approach

Energy-Saving Initiatives in Detail

At our operating sites, we are switching from heavy oil to city gas and installing co-generation systems to reduce CO2 emissions. In addition, we are working to save energy by adopting energy-efficient equipment and reducing operating time by improving the operational efficiency of equipment.

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

Results

Number of Eco Cars (vehicles)

FYE March/2016
546
FYE March/2017
629
FYE March/2018
508
FYE March/2019
558
FYE March/2020
574
Example Reduction: Scope 3, category 1 Emissions

The Meiji Group is working to reduce the amount of its Scope 3, category 1 CO2 emissions. In collaboration with suppliers, we use lighter packaging for such products as the Meiji Probio Yogurt R-1 Drink, reducing plastic used and contributing to the reduction of CO2 emissions. By cutting 2,645 tons*1 of plastic used over the six years between FY2013 and FY2018, we achieved an equivalent reduction of 1,360 t-CO2*2 in total.

  • *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).

Promoting Use of Renewable energy

Use of renewable energy from the sun, wind, biomass and other sources reduces use of our limited natural resources, such as oil, and it also reduce greenhouse gas emissions. We have established a target for the Group, including overseas sites, of increasing renewable energy to at least 50% of total power usage by FYE 3/2031.

Approach

Solar Power Generation at Meiji Production Plants

To reduce annual CO2 emissions by approximately 6,000 tons (compared to FY2019) by FY2028, Meiji will gradually introduce solar power generation equipment at its plants for internal energy consumption. While introducing solar power generation equipment across the Group, we will investigate alternatives to solar.

Results
Solar power generation equipment, which started operation in April 2020 at Meiji’s Kyusyu Plant
Aichi Plant
Santa Ana Plant
Power Generation Volume
(MWh)
Power Generation Capacity
(kW)
CO2 Reduction Volume
(ton)
Osaka Plant, Meiji Co. Ltd. 229 200 112
Aichi Plant, Meiji Co. Ltd. 837 750 409
Kikuchi Research Lab. KM Biologics Co. Ltd. 147 137 72
KM Biologics Delivery Center 119 107 58
Santa Ana Plant, Laguna Cookie Co., Inc. 239 270 53
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.

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.

Approach

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, 2 and Scope 3 category 1) of FYE March 2020 indicated in our Integrated Report 2020 by Deloitte Tohmatsu Sustainability Co., Ltd.

Participation in Initiatives

Approach

Japan Climate Initiative (JCI)

Japan Climate Initiative is a network of non-state actors such as companies, local governments and NGOs aiming to realize a decarbonized society. Meiji Group has participated since 2019.

Japan Climate Initiative
Green Value Chain Platform

Meiji Group participated in Green Value Chain Platform in 2019. Moving forward, we will address Science Based Targets (SBT) and plans to set reduction targets for 2030 and 2050 consistent with the Paris Accord.

Eliminate the Use of Specified Fluorocarbons

New Target

Eliminate the use of specified fluorocarbons in air conditions and large scale facilities in Japan by FYE 3/2031.

FYE 3/2020 Performance

  • * Meiji Co., Ltd., Meiji Seika Pharma Co., Ltd. and KM Biologics Co., Ltd.
  • New KPI and target from FYE 3/2021

Switch to Alternative Fluorocarbons and Natural Refrigerants

Controlling the emission of Fluorocarbons, which have a major impact on global warming, has become an issue. Based on the Montreal Protocol, we will strive to reduce the risk of leakage of specific fluorocarbons through regular inspections of equipment, switch to natural refrigerants, and promote measures against climate change.

Approach

Switch to Alternative Fluorocarbons and Natural Refrigerants

Some Plants have adopted natural refrigerants to reduce CO2 emissions.

Meiji Co., Ltd.
  • FYE March /2016 : Kyoto plant, Gunma plant
  • FYE March /2018 : Kyushu plant
  • FYE March /2019 : Kyoto plant, Moriya plant, Tokai Meiji Co., Ltd.
  • FYE March/2020:Kanagawa plant, Moriya plant, Nagano depot, Tokai Meiji Co., Ltd.
KM Biologics Co., Ltd.
  • FYE March/2016:Kumamoto plant