Topic④ We will work to reduce CO2 emissions in
pursuit of global warming prevention.
Priority Issues: Reduction of CO2 emissions (response to climate change)
Inside the central monitoring room at Sengawa Kewport, an office facility that opened in 2013. Operational enhancements allowed this facility to maximize the performance of its natural ventilation system and solar power generating system. This has reduced its annual CO2 emissions by approx. 250 metric tons.
As a global warming prevention measure, the Company is aiming to reduce CO2 emissions for all business operations in accordance with the 2015 Paris Agreement on climate change. To this end, we are improving efficiency in our manufacturing processes, installing energy-saving equipment and converting from heavy oil to natural gas. We are also reducing emissions by collaborating with manufacturers of raw ingredients and materials that are involved in the first part of our manufacturing process and with distribution companies, that handle later stages. Through these initiatives, we will increase the efficiency of all business operations and reduce CO2 emissions. Moving forward, we will work to reduce CO2 emissions throughout the whole supply chain, from procurement of raw ingredients to product use and disposal.
- Curbing climate change that leads to natural disasters and declines in crop quality and yields
- Reducing CO2 emissions throughout the entire supply chain from raw material procurement to use and disposal of products
Efforts to Reduce CO2 Emissions (Respond to Climate Change)
Environmentally friendly model plants
Placed into operation in October 2016, Kewpie's Kobe Plant is striving to cut its energy consumption to a level equivalent to only half the energy consumed by conventional mayonnaise plants. This facility has implemented a diverse range of environmentally friendly technologies for the generation and conservation of its energy supplies, including an energy monitoring system and heat cogeneration system that connects to all of its manufacturing, office, and tour facility areas, and has earned the highest CASBEE Kobe (Kobe Comprehensive Assessment System for Built Environment Efficiency) rating. Additionally, it has implemented a system for the coordinated sharing of information with company procurement, manufacturing, sales, and logistics divisions and taken far-reaching steps to automate its processes and conserve labor. These steps in turn have enabled the facility to boost productivity, trim manufacturing lead times, and hold down inventories. The Kobe facility has been applauded for its contributions to the reduction of CO2 emissions, and has accordingly earned the 2017 Logistics Grand Prize (Note).
Note: Conferred by the Japan Institute of Logistics Systems, this award was shared with the logistics company K.R.S. Corporation and Takenaka Corporation, the contractor that built Kewpie's Kobe Plant.
Backed by its "Energy 1/2" concept, Kewpie's Kobe Plant is working to horizontally extend its technologies and expertise to all Group facilities as a model plant that embodies the idea of linking the sustainable society to future generations.
Pursuing a modal shift in coordination with all Group companies
Kewpie is moving forward with a modal shift that will transition its long-distance truck shipments of 500 km or more to container shipments by rail or sea. Rail-based shipments generate only one-tenth the CO2 emissions of truck-based shipments. Not only that, but they also help mitigate the burden on truck drivers that spend extended periods of time on the road. Since 2015, the Group’s logistics company K.R.S. Corporation has led this modal shift for Kewpie's long-distance trucking transportation in coordination with other Group companies and the Japan Freight Railway Company. The modal shift rate (Note) increased from 16 percent in fiscal 2015 to 40 percent in fiscal 2017 and is targeted to reach 50 percent in fiscal 2018. We are striving to ship our merchandise with modes of transport that are friendlier to people and the planet.
Note: The modal shift rate is the share of long-distance cargo tonnage of 500 km or more that is handled by rail- or sea-based modes of transport.
Kewpie is pursuing a transport modal shift in cooperation with its logistics partners. In April 2017 it placed two refrigerated cargo containers into operation, adding to the four unrefrigerated 31-foot containers it already utilizes for rail- and sea-based cargo shipments.