Suntory Commits to Using 100% Renewable Energy in Japan
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Suntory Group Commits to Using 100% Renewable Energy at All Japanese Sites


Takeshi Niinami, president of Japan’s brewing and distilling company group Suntory Holdings, addresses journalists during a press conference Feb. 15, 2016, in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo: TORU YAMANAKA/AFP via Getty Images)

Spirits giant Suntory Group announced Tuesday that beginning April 1, the company will purchase 100% renewable electricity for all 30 of the directly owned manufacturing sites and research-and-development facilities it owns in Japan.

This will lead to reduction equivalent to about 150,000 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions per year, the company said in a news release.

This step is part of the company’s goals of halving GHG emissions in its direct operations by 2030 and achieving 100% renewable electricity in all 65 directly owned manufacturing sites and R&D facilities in Japan, the Americas and Europe by 2022.

Additionally, eight other facilities in Japan, including the Suntory Hall, the Suntory Museum of Art and Suntory Holdings’ headquarter office, will switch all of their purchased electricity to be sourced from 100% renewable energy.

In the Americas and Europe, 30 of Suntory’s 35 manufacturing sites already purchase 100% renewable electricity. With this move in Japan, over 90% of purchased electricity used in the company’s owned manufacturing sites and R&D facilities in these regions will be supplied by renewable sources.

“As a company that delivers the blessings of nature, we are committed to reducing our environmental footprint across our business,” said Makiko Ono, COO of Sustainability Management at Suntory Holdings. “Shifting to 100 percent renewable electricity is a crucial step in decarbonizing our business. There is still much more work to be done and we will accelerate our work by taking immediate actions wherever possible.”

Suntory owns the Yamazaki, Hakushu, Hibiki and Suntory whisky brands.

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