What we are doing

Key issues of the Sustainability Framework and SDG-related Initiatives

  • Resources

  • Packaging/PET

  • Water

  • Greenhouse gas emissions

  • Renewable energy

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% : Water usage reduction by 2030
Climate Change
  • 50% : Scope 1 and 2 reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030
  • 30% : Scope 3 reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030
  • Net zero in greenhouse gas emissions by 2050
  • Promotion of renewable energy
World Without Waste
  • 50% : Content of sustainable materials* by 2022
  • 100% : Content of sustainable materials* by 2030
  • 100% : Use sustainable materials in PET bottles of all products (based on unit sales)
  • 35% : Further lightweight PET packaging (compared to 2004) by 2030
  • 100% : Collection percentage compared to sales volume by 2030
  • Extensive partnerships across industry and environmental organizations by 2030

*Sustainable materials:Total of recycle PET material and bio-based PET plastic.

  • Initiatives for Packaging/PET
  • Initiatives for Water
  • Initiatives for Greenhouse gas emissions
  • Utilization of renewable energy

Toward Achieving a World Without Waste

2030 Packaging Vision

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.

Three core elements of the 2030 Packaging Vision

Through the promotion of its bottle-to-bottle initiative, the Coca-Cola system in Japan is working to realize the 2030 Packaging Vision, with a primary goal of transitioning all PET bottles to 100% sustainable materials by 2030.

We are promoting bottle-to-bottle
recycling by improving the design
and material of our bottles to make
them more sustainable

We plan to collect and recycle the
volume of packaging equivalent to that
of products sold

We are building and maintaining stronger collection
and recycling schemes through partnerships with the
national and local government, the beverage industry,
and our communities

Roadmap to 2030

Unique packaging targets for the Coca-Cola system in Japan include: the use of sustainable materials, such as recycled PET, in all PET bottles by 2025; recovering a volume of PET bottles equivalent to that of the products sold in Japan by 2030; and the building of stronger packaging collection and recycling schemes in collaboration with partners.

50% by 2022
By 2022, we will achieve at least 50% use of sustainable materials made from recycled PET plastic through "Bottle to Bottle*" and bio-based PET plastic.
*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, sustainable materials will be used in PET bottles of all products being sold in Japan.
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
Under our Collect initiative, our aim by 2030 is to be able to recover a volume of PET bottles equivalent to that of the products we sell 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.

The Coca-Cola system in Japan expects* to reduce petroleum-based new plastics by around 29,000 tons and greenhouse gas emissions by around 26,000 tons annually overall through various initiatives.
* Total target products and 2022 sales forecasts based on 2021 shipment results represent preliminary calculations by Coca-Cola (Japan) Company.

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.

Initiative for Bottle–to-Bottle

●Introduced Coca-Cola and Georgia in 100% recycled PET bottles! 

As of February 2022, we have introduced 100% recycled PET bottles in in 5 brands and 37 products* including flagship products such as Coca-Cola.These bottles are a product of our "Bottle-to-Bottle" initiative, in which we collect used PET bottles and make them into new ones to make full use of our resources.

* The Coca-Cola system in Japan performance in Japan as of February 2022.

  • Content of
    sustainable materials
    (As end of December 2021)
    (+12% year on year)

    *Used the rate of recycle PET materials until 2020

  • 1CO2
    Reduces CO2 emissions by approximately 60% per bottle*
    *When switching from regular PET bottles to bottles with 100% recycled PET materials

I LOHAS Tennensui 100% recycled PET bottles

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

The Coca-Cola system in Japan is promoting the bottle-to-bottle recycling and has set a goal in the 2030 Packaging Vision to increase the rate of PET bottles made from recycled PET resin or bio-based PET plastic to 100% 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

I LOHAS Tennensui Labelless bottles

A first for the Coca-Cola System - Environment friendly labelless bottles that are easy to sort

I LOHAS Tennensui Labelless launched in April 2020 eliminates the need to remove labels and makes it easier to sort waste. It is an environment friendly product which uses 100% recycled PET bottles for the package. This product is sold only in cases (online sales, etc.) The sale of the labelless bottle was made possible by printing the legally-required information such as raw materials, etc. (normally printed on the drink label) on the exterior of the cardboard.

Furthermore, a "complete Labelless product" that omits the identification mark on the label seal was realized, in line with revisions to the "Act on the Promotion of Effective Utilization of Resources for Labeling of PET Bottles" in April 2020. The amendment aims to promote the reduction of waste (reuse) and to eliminate consumers' need to separate label seals. This makes it easier to recover used PET bottles in a state suitable for recycling.

I LOHAS Natural Mineral Water received multiple awards

In 2020, as a result of having adopted 100% recycled PET bottles for both I LOHAS Natural Mineral Water and I LOHAS Natural Mineral Water Labelless, we received multiple awards including the Plastic Resource Recycling Special Category Grand Prize at the 21st Green Purchasing Awards in recognition of our contributions to a recycling-oriented society.

Reduced volume of plastics

●Packaging lightweighting

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.

Changes in packaging weight reducation of Coca-Cola products in Japan

* Packaging for water was 500ml up till 2010
* The weight of the can is calculated by the weight of the can body and the can lid

I LOHAS Tennensui Reducing PET plastic usage through package lightweighting

In 1996, a 500 milliliter PET bottle for Coca-Cola’s water brand in Japan weighed 32 grams. Launched in 2009, the bottle for I LOHAS Natural Mineral Water had been reduced to approximately 12 grams, which at the time was the lightest in Japan.* We are continuously looking at opportunities to reduce the amount of PET plastic used in our products while maintaining bottle quality and performance..

●Labelless bottles

Following I LOHAS Tennensui launched in April 2020, the Coca-Cola system began expanding the deployment of labelless packages to other brands, Ayataka, Sokenbicha, and Canada Dry The Tansan Strong, from August 2020 that are mainly available now through the online channel.
By introducing these labelless products that are both environment friendly and easier to recycle, we are responding to the increased consumption rates in homes while contributing to reducing the impact on the environment.

●Introduction of sustainable packaging

ecoru shiboru bottle

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 stakeholders

Joint project to recycle PET raw material with Far Eastern New Century (Taiwan)

CCBJI started a joint project with Far Eastern New Century Corporation, one of the world's largest manufacturers of PET resin and polyester fibers, based in Taiwan, to commercialize PET bottles using recycled PET raw materials through chemical recycling (Note 1). This project aims to carry out pilot sales of PET-bottled product using recycled PET raw materials in some of our sales areas by the end of the year and expand opportunities to leverage this PET raw material at commercial scale in several years.

Note 1: What is chemical recycling?
After collected used PET bottles have been sorted, crushed, and washed to remove foreign materials, they are broken down into a raw material or an intermediate raw material of PET resin by depolymerization, and then the raw material is refined and polymerized into new PET resin. To depolymerize raw materials, ethylene glycol (EG) is added to convert them back to BIS-2-hydroxyethylterephthalate (BHET), the intermediate raw material produced during resin manufacturing. After refining, it is repolymerized into PET. Chemical recycling is characterized by the removal of foreign and heterogeneous materials during depolymerization/repolymerization, enabling regeneration of PET resin with the same high quality as that of virgin resin.
(Source: The Council for PET Bottling Recycling)

Under our Collect initiative, our aim by 2030 is to be able to recover a volume of PET bottles equivalent to that of the products we sell in Japan.

Collaborative initiatives with stakeholders

PET bottle collection business with Higashiyamato City, Tokyo

In October 2020, CCBJI and Higashiyamato City, Tokyo, concluded a comprehensive collaboration agreement for community revitalization and, as part of that agreement, started to work jointly on a PET bottle collection venture. We will promote the bottle-to-bottle initiative to collect and recycle used PET bottles to be turned into new PET bottles, while collaborating on, for example, the installation of automated PET bottle collection machines across the city.

Recycling pilot project with Welcia Holdings

In September 2020, CCBJI and Welcia Holdings Co., Ltd. embarked on a pilot project for the purpose of creating a bottle-to-bottle recycling model to turn PET bottles collected at Welcia drugstore locations into raw material for new PET bottles. For this project,
collection boxes have been installed at 11 Welcia drugstores in Oyama City, Tochigi Prefecture. CCBJI is responsible for designing and monitoring the whole sequence of recycling processes, from picking up the sorted PET bottles to turning them into recycled raw material, and CCBJI plans to expand the project area and number of stores after a certain period of implementation.

Realizing 100% recycling with Seven & i Holdings

Hajime Series, the products jointly developed with Seven & i Holdings Co., Ltd., have been on sale since June 2019. The products are sold in 100% recycled PET bottles made only from PET resin generated from the recycling of used PET bottles collected from Seven & i Group stores. By switching to 100% recycled PET bottles, we have achieved a reduction in CO2 emissions.

Collaborative efforts with the stakeholders

●JSDA(The Japan Soft Drink Association's) "Declaration of 50% Bottle-to-Bottle by 2030"

We have endorsed JSDA declaration on the recycling of plastic in the beverage industry— announced in 2018—with the goal of achieving the 100% effective utilization of PET bottles by fiscal 2030, and we are collaborating with our industry peers in initiatives.
JSDA announced “Declaration of 50% Bottle-to-Bottle by 2030” in April 2021.
It represents the soft drink industry’s aim to increase the usage rate of the recycled resin which is made in the process of "Bottle-to-Bottle horizontal recycling" of used PET bottles into new PET bottles, to 50% or over by 2030 to contribute to the recycling society and reduce the environmental burden including CO2.
Based on the "2030 Packaging Vision" set forth by the Coca-Cola system in Japan, we will continue to promote "Bottle-to-Bottle" activities in cooperation with the soft drink industry.

Effort to prevent anything other than empty bottles

●Attaching consumer awareness stickers

Since May 2019, To encourage recycling and prevent littering, we have distributed more than 200,000 stickers with an industrywide design that reminds people to not put anything in recycling bins other than empty bottles. These stickers have been placed on recycling bins next to vending machines, mostly in Japan's busiest downtown areas in the Tokyo metropolitan area, and Tokai and Kinki regions.

●Demonstration experiments on new design of recycle box

Part of the bottle-to-bottle Tokyo Project, which was established with the Tokyo Metropolitan Government in 2020, involves conducting trials to, for example, change consumer behavior with regard to sorting recyclables and to prevent anything other than empty bottles from being placed in recycling bins.

Newly designed recycling bin
(hole is facing downward)

Under our Partner initiative, we are working to build and maintain more robust recovery and recycling schemes through collaboration with the national and local governments, the beverage industry, and our communities.

Collaborative initiatives with stakeholders

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)

Joint research with the Nippon Foundation on how trash ends up in rivers

In February 2020, the Nippon Foundation and Coca-Cola (Japan) reported on the "Joint survey on waste outflow mechanism from lands to rivers," aiming to promote the proper collection and recycling of plastic resources as well as the countermeasures against marine waste announced in May last year. It was found that the causes of the occurrence were oadly divided into two categories: "Dumping and throwing away of waste" and "leakage." As a future effort, Coca-Cola System will take top priority on measures to prevent leakage from the empty container collection boxes beside the vending machines, which have been confirmed to have "leakage" of empty beverage containers.

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 is also pursuing research into a way to efficiently reuse 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 rate of
waste from plants
(As end of December 2021)
(±0% year on year)

Recycling vending machines

We recycle 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

Since we engage in business that relies on the indispensable resource of water, we promote water resource conservation with the goals of reducing water use by 30% by 2030, and maintaining a 200% water resource replenishment rate through 2025.
At our plants, we strictly manage the water used to manufacture products while continually reviewing and improving manufacturing processes and plant equipment in order not to waste any of this precious natural resource. In 2021, the water use ratio (WUR) of product manufacturing was 3.24 liters of water per liter of product, a increase of 0.01 liters year on year. We work to conserve water resources by cooperating with communities and experts in efforts to return to nature a volume of water equivalent to the amount of water used for manufacturing products, and to contribute to the ability of water resource areas to sustainably cultivate and store water. In 2021, we achieved a 353% water resource replenishment rate, which was a 11% reduction year on year.

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 2021

Plant initiatives and water resource area activities

Plant initiatives to reduce water use 30%

At our plants, we are working to reduce the amount of water used and to reuse the water we do use by installing production lines equipped with the latest technology, and by improving the manufacturing processes and plant equipment by monitoring them on a daily basis.

Water resource area activities to maintain a 200% replenishment rate

With the target of returning to nature a volume of water equivalent to the amount used for manufacturing products at our plants, we have also entered into agreements with local communities and organizations. Alongside members of local communities, we are promoting activities to enhance water source replenishment, which is the ability for the watershed areas supplying groundwater to our local manufacturing facilities to sustainably cultivate and store water.
The water cultivated through these activities will generate groundwater reservoirs over the years to come, and that water will make its way through rivers to our plants where it can be used for product manufacturing.

*As of December 2021

Conclusion of an agreement for the conservation of water resources in the plant's water source area

Production plants Water resource areas Agreements with organizations
Zao plant Zao town, Miyagi Zao town, Shiroishi Zao Forestry Association, Enda Industrial Forestry Association
Saitama / Iwatsuki Plants Katashina villedge, Gunma Nippon Paper Industries Co., Ltd., Marunuma Kogen Resort
Ibaraki plant Ishioka, Ibaraki Ishioka city city, Tsukubane Forestry Association
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)
Hakushu Plant Hokuto city, Yamanashi Yamanashi Prefectue
Tokai plant Ena city, Gifu Nakanohocho Area Council, Sakaori Tanada Preservation Association, Gifu Prefecture, Ena city
Kyoto plant Ujitawara town, Kyoto Kyoto Model Forest Association (NGO),f Ujitawara town, Kyoto Prefecture, Tachikawa Industrial Forestry Association, Ujitawara Forestry Association
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
Daisen plant Hōki town, Tottori Tottori Prefecture, Hōki town, Tottori Hino Forestry Association, the district of Kanaya
Hiroshima plant Mihara city, Hiroshima Hiroshima Prefecture, Mihara city, Bisan District Forestry Association
Komatsu plant Saijyo city, Ehime Ishizuchi Forest Association
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
Kumamoto plant Aso city, Kumamoto Aso city, NPO Aso Green Stock, Water Cycle Farming Promotion Council
Ebino plant Ebino city, Miyazaki Miyazaki Prefecture, Nishimoro District Forestry Association, Fumoto Public Forest

●We concluded agreement with Nippon Paper Group, which is one of the water source areas of Saitama Plant and Iwatsuki Plant.

Renewal of agreement with Nippon Paper Industries In December 2020, CCBJI, Nippon Paper Industries Co., Ltd., and Marunuma Kogen Resort Co., Ltd. renewed their three-party agreement with respect to collaborating on forest management for the purpose of water resource replenishment. CCBJI supports the necessary management work, such as tree thinning and road maintenance, in the area (1,746 hectares) in order to maintain the environment of the Saitama and Iwatsuki plants’ water resource area.
We are also collaborating on activities geared toward promoting forest management and preservation, as well as strengthening collaboration with the other parties by exchanging necessary advice and information.

●We concluded agreement with Yamanashi Prefecture, which is one of the local governments in the water source area of Hakushu Plant.

CCBJI concluded on July a "collaboration agreement for the nurturing of water resources" (hereafter "Agreement") with Yamanashi Prefecture for the purpose to preserve and effectively use water and forests in the prefecture.
Under the Agreement, CCBJI and Yamanashi Prefecture will jointly work on various programs to protect and effectively utilize water and forests in the prefecture, mainly by promoting the prefecture's initiative, "nurturing of water resources (conservation of environmentally sound water cycle)" and offering information. As part of the Agreement, the two parties additionally concluded an "agreement for the protecting of forests for the nurturing of water", under which CCBJI designates a special activity area, "Hakushu - Coca-Cola Bottlers Japan Water Source Forest" (282 ha), in the prefectural forest along the watersheds of Nagare River and Kakubosawa River originated in Mt. Amagoi, the water source of CCBJI's Hakushu Plant. This is to work on supporting forest management (tree thinning, vermin control; and strip road development in forests), in order to improve the designated area and Yamanashi Prefecture's forest.

I LOHAS Water source conservation "Morikatsu" project

A portion of the proceeds from sales of our "I LOHAS" brand mineral water is donated to support forest conservation activities in Japan. The forest plays an important role in preserving and protecting ground water. Protecting the forests means ensuring pure, clean and delicious water is available 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 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
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

Initiatives for water

At all the plants of Coca-Cola Bottlers Japan plants are committed to effective use and recycling of “water used for manufacturing.” We also continue to work to return “(an equal amount of) water used in our finished products” into nature through water resource conservation activities to improve the water source cultivation.

Water resource conservation

All plants identify the water resource areas of their plant and conduct scientific research to see if there are any problems with the amount and quality of water, and such. In addition, we make our efforts towards water resource conservation in cooperation with communities and experts in order to maintain the ability to continue to further foster and reserve water in the water resource areas.

Water intake and water quality management

In order to maintain water quality that meets the standards of the Coca-Cola system, all plants thoroughly check for any problems in the water they have pumped up, and work on managing it on a daily basis, considering water, which is the basis of safe manufacturing of products, as one of the raw materials.

We strictly control the amount of water used to manufacture our products so as not to waste water, which is one of the blessings of nature. Groundwater pumped from wells on the plant premises is monitored in accordance with the Coca-Cola system ‘s unique requirements for both the amount and quality, and is properly authorized and controlled under the laws of Japan. Based on a well-developed plan supported by local governments, all plants measure and monitor the amount of water intake 24 hours a day, and report it to local governments on a regular basis.

Efforts for efficient usage

Water is used in our products themselves, e.g. for extracting tea and coffee, as well as in the cleaning and disinfection processes of containers and lines. We thoroughly control the amount of water used in the production processes, and also recycle the water used.

As an example of measures to reduce the water consumption, we have introduced a chemical-free Electron Beam system. By sterilizing empty PET bottles without using any chemicals, approximately 400 tons of water has been reduced at new lines compared to the amount of water used per day by the previous system.

Furthermore, some of our plants reuse the water used for various processes including rinsing and heating by a process to remove contaminants with a special filter called RO* membrane for rinsing, heating, etc. again. In order to further improve water efficiency and reduce the amount of water every year, even just a little bit, we constantly review and improve the manufacturing processes and plant equipment.

*Reverse Osmosis: A water purification method that removes ions, molecules and other larger particles from water.

Efforts for efficient usage

Wastewater management

We grasp the overview of watershed cycle plans formulated by local governments and conditions around the plants such as ordinances, water intake and drainage regulations, natural disaster hazards, etc. and continue our activities to maintain the quality of water intake and drainage that meet the standards of the Coca-Cola system. We have set voluntary standards for drainage treatment that are stricter than the legal standards, and strictly manage drainage treatment so as not to miss potential contaminated water. In addition, we have thoroughly complied with the Water Pollution Prevention Act, a water-related environmental laws and regulations.

Water used at plants for rinsing containers and equipment and cooling is discharged to sewers and rivers after proper treatment. Plants that discharge water to sewers remove suspended particles, adjust pH, etc., and release it after ensuring that the standards required by a local waterworks bureau as well as laws and regulations are complied with. Plants that discharge water to rivers purify it on their premises and comply with the water quality standards set forth in the domestic laws or the standards of the Coca-Cola systems, whichever is stricter. Treated water is once stored in a control tank on the plant premises and closely monitored to avoid water from flowing out of the plant premises before it is properly treated.

All plants carry out the secondary purification treatment for discharging water, cooling water, and sewage water with the activated sludge process using microorganisms.
Hiroshima Plant introduced a wastewater plant in 2020 and returns water after carrying out the tertiary treatment with special filters.

Primary treatment: Removal of any dirt caused by precipitation, etc. and large suspended particles
Secondary treatment: Decomposition of organic substances by microorganisms such as active sludge
Tertiary treatment: Treatment that precipitate impurities with special filters, flocculant, etc.

Wastewater management

Water risk assessment

With the water risk assessment scheme of the Coca-Cola system, we utilize AQUEDUCT* of the World Resources Institute (WRI) and grasp areas of high water stress geographically. In addition, we identify risks of floods, landslide disasters, earthquakes, etc. based on the hazard map published by local governments.

As a framework for identifying water-related risks at each plant through scientific research, we conduct the Coca-Cola system's own Source Vulnerability Assessment (SVA) every five years at all plants and obtain approval from hydrology experts. In line with the SVA, we formulate a Water Management Plan (WMP), and implement initiatives for the conservation of water resources in a planned manner after obtaining approval from management. We evaluate the progress and effectiveness of the plan once a year.

Water-related risks are reported at the Risk Management Committee, together with the level of impact and the likelihood of occurrence of regulations by local governments, in the form of a summary of Enterprise Water Risk Assessment (EWRA). In addition, water risks and vulnerabilities specific to the place are summarized as a Facility Water Vulnerability Assessment (FAWVA) report that includes risk countermeasures based on detailed validation results, and the report is utilized for medium- to long-term strategies such as sustainable water resource conservation, reduced flood impact, and more efficient use of water by the Coca-Cola System in Japan.

*AQUEDUCT: A global tool for water risk assessment developed by WRI. It is used to assess water risks of the area in which the plant is located from the perspectives of the amount of water, its quality, regulations, and reputation.

We believe that sustainable growth requires balancing the reduction of environmental impact with business growth. The CCBJH Group 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, in order to "reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 50% (Scope1&2) by 2030","reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 30% (Scope3) by 2030", as stated in its own non-financial goals, the CSV Goals.

Related data (Coca-Cola Bottlers Japan Holdings Group)

We share information with our many stakeholders about the overall state of greenhouse gas emissions, the progress of countermeasures, and other topics so that this can lead to further emissions reductions.

Climate change initiatives

In February of 2021, CCBJI began operation of its Saitama Mega Distribution Center, which is one of the largest automated distribution centers in terms of storage and shipping capacity within the Coca-Cola system in Japan. Logistics operations, such as the sorting that had previously been conducted at sales centers, and inventory storage spaces have been consolidated at the Saitama Mega Distribution Center. We are building a network that achieves timely end-to-end product deliveries from the production site all the way to business partners and vending machines.

The Shinsei logistics network optimization project is driving the strategic transformation of our logistics as a whole by introducing new distribution centers—primarily mega distribution centers and others such as the Hakushu and Kumamoto warehouses—and reorganizing as well as consolidating hub warehouses and sales centers to streamline complex supply chains. Through these efforts, the CCBJH Group is optimizing its supply chain to resolve a variety of issues, such as reducing their environmental impact.

Production initiatives

  • Improving efficiency of equipment at each of our plants
  • Developing projects to improve energy efficiency, such as in productivity and yield improvements at all plants
  • Starting in 2019, seven new production lines have begun operations, and we are further promoting reduced energy use

Logistics and transportation initiatives

  • Reviewing number of transit routes
  • Reducing the number of transportation vehicles
  • Using larger vehicles, improving cargo load ratios, and implementing modal shift
  • Streamlining delivery routes
  • Reducing the number of vehicles by reviewing our sales system
  • Reducing GHG emissions and fuel consumption by switching to smaller vehicles

Sales initiatives

  • Introducing sales equipment, such as vending machines, coolers, and dispensers to aid in reducing power consumption and GHG emissions
  • Expanding the use of peak shift vending machines that reduce daytime power consumption by up to 95% by shifting the electricity used for cooling to nighttime and not utilizing power during the day

Production initiatives

At our plants, we are actively adopting new processes and the latest technology for improving energy efficiency. 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 effectively keep energy losses to a minimum, and converting from the use of fuel oil to natural gas.

(Energy Use Ratio)
per liter of product
year on year)

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.

CFC-free vending
machine ratio
(As end of December 2021)
(+1.8% year on year)
Number of CFC-free
vending machines,
including peak shift
vending machines
(As end of
December 2021)

Other initiatives

We have endorsed the Leading Tenant Action Plan, a list of decarbonization initiatives by tenant companies compiled by the Ministry of the Environment.

The Leading Tenant Action Plan is designed to promote the reduction of CO2 emissions from office buildings, which account for a high percentage of greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) in Japan, and compiles initiatives that building tenants have started to achieve decarbonization, such as shifting to ZEB*.

In the future, we will promote initiatives to decarbonize our workplace, such as by conserving energy and utilizing renewable energy, in cooperation with building owners and in line with this Action Plan.


*ZEB is an abbreviation of “Net Zero Energy Building”.
This refers to buildings that aim to reduce the annual revenue and expenses related to their primary energy consumption to zero, while also providing a comfortable indoor environment.

Hakushu Plant's "Furusato Hydropower Plan" renewable energy

Since 2019 and the conclusion of a contract for the Furusato Hydropower Plan offered by Yamanashi Power Plus—a power supply brand jointly operated by Yamanashi Prefecture and TEPCO Energy Partner, Incorporated—our Hakushu Plant has been utilizing hydroelectric power.

Yamanashi Power Plus "Furusato Hydropower Plan" is an initiative to enhance the environmental value through the realization of zero CO2 emission achieved by limiting the source of power supply to only the hydroelectric power generated in the hydraulic power plant run by Yamanashi Prefecture Enterprise Bureau. The reason why this plan can eliminate the CO2 emission that is normally associated with the use of electricity is because hydroelectric power is a renewable type of energy that does not emit any CO2 when it is generated. As a company that is working proactively to reduce the environment burden, CCBJI agreed to cooperate and became a certified enterprise in support of this initiative. With the conclusion of the power supply contract, CCBJI pays an extra 1 yen per kilowatt-hour as environmental added value in addition to the regular electricity charge. Part of the proceeds from this extra payment will be used to fund environment conservation projects of Yamanashi Prefecture.

Through this initiative, we are working to reduce environmental impact by eliminating CO2 emissions associated with electricity use.

(Left) Takano, Director General Enterprise Bureau, Yamanashi Prefecture
(Right) Takayuki Hirayama, Plant Manager Hakushu Plant,Coca-Cola Bottlers Japan, Inc.

Ibaraki Plant "Aqua Premium"

"Aqua Premium" is a plan to purchase electricity only for hydroelectric power generation that does not emit CO2 during power generation provided by TEPCO Energy Partner. We pay the electricity charge (environmental added value) in addition to the regular electricity charge and use it as power for Ibaraki Plant.

Tama Plant "Tradable Green Certificate"

The "Tradable Green Certificate" is a system certifying that it is electricity generated from natural energy by a third-party certification organization. We pay the electricity charge (environmental added value) in addition to the regular electricity charge and use it as power for Tama Plant.

Basic principle on environment

We consider handing over global environment in sustainable form to next generations is our vital mission by effectively leveraging natural resources including water indispensable for our businesses. To this end, we drive global environmental stewardship through innovations that achieve both mitigation of environmental burden and business growth.
We also materialize CSV (Creating Shared Value) with local communities through preservation of natural environment and environmental awareness-raising therein.

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.

  5. Food loss & waste reduction

    We train employees to prevent food waste and optimize production and work closely with supply chain partners to reduce the total volume of food loss & waste.
    We provide product storage instructions and freshness rules to customers and collaborate with industry associations and peers how to show bestbefore-dates to consumers.
    We provide variety of serving sizes for our products to fit the needs of consumers.
    We collaborate with customers, business partners, industry associations, regulators, academia, NPOs and our communities to support programs aimed at using food loss & for alternative uses. We also engage with them to identify and implement innovate solutions that help prevent food loss to reduce the amount of food loss & waste in our value chain.

  6. Conservation of Natural Habitats, Biodiversity and Ecosystems

    We identify and help protect natural habitats from conversion.
    Natural ecosystems are not altered or burned for conversion to new production. We promote and protect natural habitats, protected areas and biodiversity, through the protection, and where possible, restoration of ecosystem services through approaches that build resilience to longer-term climate stressors.

  7. Communications

    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.

  8. 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.

  9. Improvement of environmental performances

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

  10. 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.

  11. Supplementary provision

    The policy is enacted and enforced effective January 1, 2018.
    (Revised in June 2021)