What we are doing

  • We use water, one of our most precious resources, in a responsible manner throughout our business activities, and work to conserve our sustainable water resources.
  • As part of our efforts to help mitigate climate change, we monitor the environmental impact of our corporate resources in order to help realize a sustainable society.
  • We plan to reduce product packaging, as well as continue recycling efforts for items such as empty containers and vending machines.

SDG-related Initiatives

6.Clean Water and Sanitation

6.Clean Water and Sanitation

12.Responsible Consumption and Production

12.Responsible Consumption and Production

CSV Goals (Creating Shared Value) *The base year is 2015 and the target year is 2025 unless otherwise noted.

  • 200% : Water source replenishment. Focus on watersheds near our plant
  • 30% by 2030 : Water usage reduction(By 2030)
Climate Change
  • 25% by 2030 : Reduction in greenhouse gas emissions(By 2030)
  • Promotion of renewable energy
World Without Waste
  • 50% by 2022 : Content of recycled PET in PET bottles
  • 90% by 2030 : Content of recycled PET in PET bottles
  • 100% by 2030 : Sustainable PET without fossil fuel use
  • 100% by 2025 : Adopt recyclable packaging
  • 35% by 2030 : Further light-weighting of PET packaging (compared to 2004)
  • 100% by 2030 : Collection % against sales volume
  • by 2030 : Extensive partnerships across industry and environmental organizations
  • Water Resource Conservation
  • Working to mitigate climate change
  • Building a recycling-oriented society

Water Resource Conservation

Since our business relies on the use of water, an indispensable natural resource, we engage in initiatives to return to nature the volume of water equivalent to what we use in the manufacturing of our products. In 2016, we achieved our original goal of returning to nature an amount of water equivalent to 100% of that used at our plants (total plant amount). In 2018, we increased that amount to 277%.

The Coca-Cola system's water cycle

Within the Coca-Cola system, we regularly assess the vulnerability of water sources in line with the resource conservation guidelines established by Coca-Cola Japan and we develop conservation plans for the water we use at our plants.

These plans are the basis for our activities that focus on reducing the amount of water used in the manufacturing process, recycling what water is used in manufacturing, and replenishing water resource areas.

The Coca-Cola system's water cycle

*As of December 2018

Aiming for 100% replenishment at each plant

At each plant, we have made long-term agreements with regional bodies, including forest cooperatives and are carrying out activities to conserve water. resource areas in order to achieve a 100% replenishment rate*for the water used in our products.

Our forest preservation activities are centered on cultivating abundant underground reservoirs within the Coca-Cola Bottlers Japan Inc.(CCBJI) water resource forests, which cover a total of 6,974 hectares. The current focus of these activities is to increase the efficiency of groundwater recharge capacity and to aid carbon capture, which is the absorption and storage of CO2 by trees and other plants.

We also want to increase awareness regarding the importance of conserving water resources and our efforts toward that goal, so we hold activities through the Coca-Cola "Learn from the Forest" project for people in the community and our employees and their families to participate in.

*As of December 2018

Production plants Water resource areas Agreements with organizations
1 Zao plant Zao town, Miyagi Zao town, Shiroishi Zao Forestry Association, Enda Industrial Forestry Association
2 3 Saitama / Iwatsuki Plants Katashina villedge, Gunma Nippon Paper Industries Co., Ltd., Marunuma Kogen Resort
4 Ibaraki plant Ishioka, Ibaraki Ishioka city city, Tsukubane Forestry Association
5 Ebina plant Atsugi city, Kanagawa Kanagawa Prefecture, Atsugi city, Atsugi Forestry Association, Central Kanagawa Prefectural Government Center, Sagami River Left Bank Land Improvement District (Kanagawa)
8 Tokai plant Ena city, Gifu Nakanohocho Area Council, Sakaori Tanada Preservation Association, Gifu Prefecture, Ena city
9 Kyoto plant Ujitahara town, Kyoto Kyoto Model Forest Association (NGO),f Ujitahara town, Kyoto Prefecture, Tachikawa Industrial Forestry Association, Ujitahara Forestry Association
10 Akashi plant Tamba-Sasayama city, Hyogo Hyogo Prefecture, Hyogo Prefectural Greening Promotion Association (NGO), Tamba-Sasayama city, Tamba-Sasayama City Property Ward, NPO Hyogo Tamba Forestry Association, Hyogo Forestry Federation
11 Daisen plant Hōki town, Tottori Tottori Prefecture, Hōki town, Tottori Hino Forestry Association, the district of Kanaya
12 Hong plant Mihara city, Hiroshima Hiroshima Prefecture, Mihara city, Bisan District Forestry Association
13 Komatsu plant Saijyo city, Ehime Ishizuchi Forest Association
14 15 Tosu / Kiyama plants Tosu city, Saga Kyushu Forest Management Bureau
Saga Prefecture, Tosu city, Saga Eastern Forestry Association
Kiyama town, Saga Saga Prefecture, Kiyama town, Saga Eastern Forestry Association
16 Kumamoto plant Aso city, Kumamoto Aso city, NPO Aso Green Stock, Water Cycle Farming Promotion Council
17 Ebino plant Ebino city, Miyazaki Miyazaki Prefecture, Nishimoro District Forestry Association, Fumoto Public Forest

*As of December 2018

I LOHAS Water source conservation project

Part of sales Our product "I LOHAS" donates to forest conservation activities in Japan.
The forest is an important water cradle. Protecting the forests that have abundant water means passing on delicious water to future generations.

●Organizations to which we donate a part of sales through I LOHAS

Production plant Water source area Organization
Zao Plant Miyagi Prefecture Shiraishi Zao Forest Association
Saitama Plant/Iwatsuki Plant Gunma Prefecture NPO Tonegawa Genryu Forest Development Corps
Tama Plant Tokyo Public Interest Incorporated Association of Tokyo Metropolitan Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Promotion Foundation, Creating Forests with Fewer Pollen
Ebina Plant Kanagawa Prefecture Atsugi City Forest Association
Ibaraki Plant Ibaraki Prefecture Tsukubane Forest Association
Hakushu Plant Yamanashi Prefecture Yamanashi Prefecture/Hokuto City
Tokai plant Gifu Prefecture Ena Nakanohou Suigen-no-mori Executive Committee
Production plant Water source area Organization
Kyoto Plant Kyoto Ujitawaracho Forest Association
Akashi Plant Hyogo Prefecture Hyogo Prefectural Federations of Forest owners' cooperative associations
Oyama Plant Tottori Prefecture Tottori Hino Forest Association
Hiroshima Plant
Construction Scheduled for June,2020
Hiroshima Prefecture Bisan District Forestry Association
Komatsu Plant Ehime Prefecture Ishizuchi Forest Association
Tosu Plant/Kiyama Plant Saga Prefecture East Saga Forest Association
Kumamoto Plant Kumamoto Prefecture Public Interest Incorporated Association of Aso Greenstock
Ebino Plant Miyazaki Prefecture Nishimoro Forest Association

Our Water Goal:Safely return to communities and nature an amount of water equal to what we use in our finished beverages and their production.

Regarding water source protection

All the plants of Coca-Cola Bottlers Japan Inc. identify the water source and scientifically investigate if there are any issues in water volume and quality. Furthermore, we engage in water source protection activities together with the communities and specialists so that the water source can continue producing water in a sustainable manner.

Regarding water extraction

In order to prevent any wasteful use of natural resources, our plants strictly manage the volume of water used to manufacture our products.
We constantly review the manufacturing processes and plant facilities to make improvements and to reduce water usage every year as much as possible.

Efforts in water quality management

At the plants, we meticulously examine water quality on a daily basis to confirm there are no issues with the extracted water.
By doing so, we carefully monitor the water’s “health” since it is the basic ingredient for producing safe products to be consumed by people.

Also, as part of efforts to maintain water quality that meets Coca-Cola system standards, we constantly take heed of the changes in the environment surrounding our plants.

Efforts for efficient usage

Water used for cleansing and water used for heating. Water is used in various manufacturing processes in addition to its use in products.
Water used for cleansing is recycled into fresh water using special equipment and then reused for cleaning plant facilities. Thus, we have succeeded in reusing an average of 28% of all water used in manufacturing and are contributing to the elimination of wasteful use.

Efforts for efficient usage

Efforts in water disposal management

Water used at plants is returned to nature after proper water treatment.
Coca-Cola Bottlers Japan Inc. not only manages wastewater from plants in a manner that meets the standards specified by the country and local authorities but also a set of originally developed standards.
We rigorously monitor wastewater throughout the treatment process to prevent any possible leaks of untreated water.

Efforts in water disposal management

Working to mitigate climate change

We believe that sustainable growth requires balancing the reduction of environmental impact with business growth. We aim to contribute to the mitigation of climate change by reducing greenhouse gas emissions across our entire business, including in the procurement of materials, production, logistics/transportation, and sales.

Production initiatives

At our plants, we are actively adopting new processes and the latest technology for improving energy effi ciency. We are striving to reduce the greenhouse gases produced and fuel oil used in our manufacturing processes through measures such as introducing cogeneration systems that can create both electric power and heat from a single energy source, installing insulation and heat exchange systems that can eff ectively keep energy losses to a minimum, and converting from the use of fuel oil to natural gas.

Logistics and transportation initiatives

Our logistics divisions are implementing transportation efficiency improvements by accelerating the use of larger vehicles in order to improve load ratio and by continuing to utilize modal shift in transportation. In addition, we are undertaking greenhouse gas emissions reduction throughout the Group by improving the efficiency of shipping routes to our business partners; rigorously implementing ecodriving; increasing the replacement of existing fleet vehicles with electric, hybrid, and other fuel-efficient vehicles; and switching to the use of smaller vehicles for sales representatives.

Logistics and transportation initiatives

Efforts to reduce CO2 emissions

The model for PET bottles is called a “preform”, and they can be transported in large volumes due to their small size.
This enables a reduction in fuel usage and significant decreases in nitrogen oxide and carbon dioxide emissions.

Sales initiatives

To reduce the energy consumption and CO2 emissions of our vending machines (including coolers and drink dispensers), we continuously work toward the development and introduction of new equipment.

Our "peak shift" vending machines, which we have been deploying since 2013, shift electricity consumption used for cooling to nighttime, which can reduce power consumption during peak daytime hours by a maximum of 95%. The energy-saving specifications of these machines allow them to provide cold products 24 hours a day, even if the power for cooling is completely stopped for as long as 16 hours. We are also progressing with our plan to eliminate the use of chlorofluorocarbon (CFC) refrigerants in our vending machines.

Commitments for achieving "2030 Packaging Vision"

Reducing the weight of PET bottles to reduce the usage amount of PET resin

Since 1970, the Coca-Cola System has been committed to making effective use of limited resources and reducing the weight of packages in order to reduce the amount of plastics. Our representative development includes "Eco-ru bottle shiboru" and "Pekoraku bottles" that are easy to crush and easy to pour. We are also aiming to reduce the usage amount of PET resin per bottle by 35% between 2004 and 2030.

Building a recycling-oriented society

In 2018, The Coca-Cola Company (TCCC) has declared its vision to work towards a "world without waste" by launching a global initiative under this name to dramatically reduce the environmental impact of packaging. In January that year, the Coca-Cola system in Japan announced its own commitments as "2030 Packaging Vision" in which it laid out a set of environmental targets that align with TCCC's global initiative. Furthermore, to accelerate the progress of this global initiative, the roadmap set in "2030 Packaging Vision" has been renewed in July 2019 with shorter timelines aimed at achieving the targets earlier than the original due dates.
Based on this global initiative, the Coca-Cola system in Japan is undertaking activities built on the three pillars of "Design, Collect, and Partner" to resolve the problem of waste originating from packaging.

Detailed explanation of "2030 Packaging Vision" (Updated July 2019)

50% by 2022
Bottle-to-bottle recycling* will be promoted to achieve recycled PET plastic utilization rate of at least 50% by 2022 (actual results for 2018: approximately 17%).
90% by 2030
The rate of bottle-to-bottle recycling will be increased to 90% in 2030.
* In bottle-to-bottle recycling, used PET bottles are collected and processed for recycling before being remade into PET bottles for use as packaging for beverages.
100% by 2025
By 2025, all products being sold in Japan will adopt packaging that can be recycled. In addition, by the same year, PET bottles for all products will use sustainable materials (recycled PET plastic or bio-based PET plastic).
100% by 2030
By 2030, the proportion of sustainable materials will be made 100% so as to aim for complete implementation of packaging not using fossil fuels.
35% by 2030
By 2030, the amount of PET plastic used in each product will be reduced by 35% (compared to 2004).

100% by 2030
By 2030, collect an amount of PET bottles equivalent to the Coca-Cola products sold in Japan.

By 2030
The building and maintaining of even more steady packaging collection and recycling schemes will be undertaken in cooperation with the Government of Japan, local governments, beverage industry, local communities so as to contribute toward further improving the already very high level of PET bottle and can collection and recycling rates in Japan.

Initiatives to achieve "2030 Packaging Vision"

  • Design
  • Collect
  • Partner


Bottle-to-bottle recycling As a part of achieving the aims of The Coca-Cola Company's "World Without Waste" global initiative, we are taking part in the bottle-to-bottle recycling project to convert used PET bottles into product ready PET bottles. Bottle-to-bottle recycling makes it possible to manufacture PET bottles with a lower environmental impact.

I LOHAS Tennensui 100% recycled PET bottles

"Bottle to Bottle" where we recycle PET bottles as resources

In 2018, PET bottles manufactured by the Coca-Cola System in Japan contained about 17% of recycled PET resin. We have set a goal called "2030 Packaging Vision" to gradually increase the content and reach 90% by 2030. By launching "I LOHAS Tennensui" 100% recycled PET bottles, we have taken a big step toward our goal of "World Without Waste."

The bottles of "I LOHAS Tennensui" in the past contained 30% of recycled PET material.
However, in March 2020, we successfully launched "I LOHAS Tennensui" in "100% recycled bottles" on the largest scale in Japan※ by working with our partner companies and implementing technologies with challenging requirements that improved the transparency of recycled PET bottles by 30%.  
※Comparison with the conventional 555ml of "I LOHAS Tennensui"

Reduce environmental burden!

Reduced volume of plastics

Massively reduce (*2) the volume of plastics that are manufactured using the amount of oil equivalent to 4000 cars (*1) in weight in a year.

*1 A compact cars equivalent of to 1 ton
*2 Compared to the previously launched "I LOHAS Tennensui" 555ml

Reduce CO2 emissions by 49%

CO2 emissions are reduced by 49% per bottle compared to traditional PET bottles (*3)

*3 100% petroleum-based PET bottles

Increasing sustainable packaging

Under the shared global concept of sustainable packaging, we develop and use packaging within the Coca-Cola system that is specifically designed to be environment-friendly and also easy to use. We have introduced packaging like the ecoru shiboru bottle, which is easy to twist and flatten after drinking, to reduce both environmental impact and energy use.

Collaborative initiatives with the beverage industry and other stakeholders

CCBJI endorses the Soft Drink Business Plastic Resource Reclamation Declaration, announced in November 2018 by the Japan Soft Drink Association with the goal of achieving the 100% effective utilization of PET bottles by fiscal 2030, and is cooperating on initiatives with others in the industry. For one such initiative, as of May 2019, CCBJI had attached approximately 100,000 industry designed consumer awareness stickers to vending machine recycling bins in the Tokyo metropolitan and Keihanshin areas.

Collaborating with students

Members of the Coca-Cola system are always looking to engage in various projects in cooperation with students and private organizations. One such project is the design and development of recycling bins that will increase the accuracy of sorting collected recyclables. Before the demonstration of these new bins, we met with Mr. Ryobun Santo from the NPO, Think the Earth. Mr. Santo commented, "I hope that something like this new initiative, which brings together corporations and classrooms, will become a catalyst to change the world and contribute to student motivation and confidence."

Mr. Ryobun Santo
Nitobe Bunka Academy and
NPO Think the Earth

Cleanup activity

We work with our partners to achieve the "2030 Packaging Vision" through cleaning activities in each region.

Companywide cleaning activities

On November 18, 2019, about 750 employees participated in cleanup activities at 9 locations, such as Tsurigasaki Beach,Chiba Prefecture and other places.
Sendai (Miyagi), Kasumigaura (Ibaraki), Tsurigasaki Beach (Chiba), Shibuya (Tokyo), Yada River (Aichi), Nakanoshima-Tenmanbashi (Osaka), Miyajima (Hiroshima), Yashima Urao Beach (Kagawa), Kaizuka (Fukuoka)

Cleanup activities with local residents

Umeda River Cleaning (Miyagi), collaborated with NPO Green Bird (Tokyo and others), Beach Cleanup in SUMA (Hyogo), Zero Waste Clean Walk Hiroshima (Hiroshima), Oyama General Cleanup (Tottori), MyonoTanigawa Cleanup Volunteer Activities (Ehime), Love Earth Cleanup (Fukuoka)

Recycling Materials & Packages

We strive to reduce environmental impact by collecting and recycling as much as possible of the waste generated throughout a product's life cycle. Through various initiatives such as reducing waste generated by production, using inventory controls to reduce product disposal, making containers easier to recycle, and using environment-friendly containers, we are contributing to the development of a sustainable society.

Recycling Materials & Packages

Recycling of plant waste

Recycling waste materials At our plants, we sort and recycle waste materials generated by production to continuously achieve zero waste emissions (a waste material recycling rate of over 99% at all 17 plants). Coffee grounds and tea leaves constitute the bulk of our generated waste materials, and we have achieved 99.88% and 100% recycle rates for them, respectively, as fertilizer or animal feed.

For example, the used tea leaves that result from the production of Sokenbicha at the Zao Plant are combined with byproducts, such as leftover whey from the manufacturing of cheese at the Zao Dairy Center, and used as "eco-feed" * for Zao Sosei beef cattle. Working with the local government and members of academia, the Tokai Plant also plans to pursue research into a way to efficiently use coffee grounds and tea leaves.

* Food scraps that become feedstuff for animals. The Japanese Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries is actively promoting eco-feed to increase the self-sufficiency rate for feedstuff.

Recycling vending machines

We recycle all vending machines that are taken out of service for disposal. Such vending machines are collected at our company's facilities, dismantled and sorted according to waste material type, and the chlorofluorocarbon is appropriately disposed.

Recycling vending machines

What is a sustainable package?

What is a sustainable package?

Based on the Coca-Cola system’s philosophy that product packages should be environment-friendly and easy to use by consumers, packages are developed under the global “Sustainable Package” concept.
Packages with all three elements of “easy to use”, “environmentally friendly”, and “FUN” are the “Sustainable Packages” that we aim for.

Packages using plant-derived materials

For the plant-based bottles, molasses, which is a byproduct of sugarcane produced in the sugar-making process, gets transformed into the structural components of PET resin.
The biggest advantage of such plant-based bottles is that they can be 100% recycled at existing PET bottle recycling plants.

Peko Raku Bottle

The “Peko Raku Bottle” is not just crushable, but compared to conventional PET bottles, it is easier to “hold” and “pour”.
The “Peko Raku Bottle” weighs just 29g, and its polygonal design means that the bottle can be easily crushed by lightly pressing down in a diagonal direction.

ecoru bottle raku-mochi (easily-held) “Morinomizudayori”

1.The waist of the bottle is three times stronger to prevent deformation.

2.Consumers can easily hold the bottle since they can completely wrap their fingers around the waist of the bottle.

3.The circumference of the waist is small, allowing consumers with small hands to easily hold the bottle.

4.The edges of the groove are deep and large, which enables consumers to easily pour drinks without the bottle slipping from the hands.

Air Bottle

The Air Bottle was introduced for the “AQUARIUS” sports drink 500ml PET in 2010. Its ergonomic design allows consumers to easily hold the bottle, and the air cushion-like feel offers a comfortable grip.

Grip Bottle & Fit Bottle

The Grip Bottle by Coca-Cola is a bottle shape that is designed for easy portability. It has a dent around the waist of the bottle, as well as a unique surface finish.
The Fit Bottle is designed to be gripped comfortably and used for “Sokenbicha” drinks.

Bubble Bottle

The Bubble Bottle is a name that describes the “bubbles’ in carbonated drinks.
It is used to express the pop and bubbly fun of “FANTA” drinks.

Policy on environment

We operate our business along with the following environmental policy.

1.Mitigation of environmental burden
We seek to mitigate environmental burden in our product life cycle, namely throughout the processes of procurement of materials, production, logistics, storage, sales, recovery and recycling. We also consider environmental burden in developing new products, implementing services, selecting suppliers and so on.

2.Water resource conservation
We strive to reduce water to be used for manufacturing and treat it properly. Moreover, we work on conserving water resources through collaborations with local communities in order to hand over rich water resources to next generations.

3.Mitigation of climate change
In addition to making contributions to mitigate climate change, we engage in initiatives to reduce greenhouse gas emissions at all business areas for sustainable growth of our businesses.

4.Efficient use of resources
We invest appropriate corporate resources to establish sustainable society with circular economy and to efficiently use the resources such as water and energies.

We focus on communications with stakeholders including local communities and act as a trusted company exceeding their expectations, aiming for meeting each of their needs.

6.Environmental awareness-raising
We offer various opportunities and activities of enlightenment to raise awareness on environment for those in local communities and all who are involved in our business. We also play an active role in community activities on environment.

7.Improvement of environmental performances
We work on continuous improvement of environmental performances by regularly reviewing our environmental targets proactively and as needed.

8.Compliance of laws and regulations
We set up more stringent voluntary standards according to the request of The Coca-Cola Company, not to mention our compliance to environment-related laws and regulations, ordinances and various agreements.

9.Supplementary provision
The policy is enacted and enforced effective January 1, 2018.