Climate Change

Basic Approach

The Maruha Nichiro Group's business is built upon an independent value chain encompassing everything from procurement to production, processing, and sales. The risks posed by global warming on our business activities include shifting of fishing grounds for our marine products, shifting of production areas for our agricultural products, and depletion of marine resources resulting from ecological destruction. On the other hand, we believe that strategically addressing these kinds of risks will lead to new business opportunities.

Medium-term Sustainability Management Plan (FY2018–2021)

Reduce CO2 Emissions

Medium-term Goal
Reduce CO2 emissions per unit of sales by more than 4% from 2017 to 2021
Action Plan
  • Enhance energy-saving facilities
  • Improve energy efficiency
  • Switch to non-CFC freezers
  • Reduce electrical usage
  • Reduce heavy oil and gas usage

Results: CO2 Emissions

In our Medium-term Sustainable Management Plan launched in fiscal 2018, the Maruha Nichiro Group set forth the objective of reducing CO2 emissions as a measure against global warming. We established a numerical target of reducing CO2 emissions per unit sales by at least 4% compared to fiscal 2017 by fiscal 2021 and have implemented efforts to achieve that target. In fiscal 2018, reduction targets were established at each company, and we worked on introducing equipment such as high-efficiency boilers and high-efficiency refrigerators as well as eco-friendly cars and LED lighting. As a result, we brought the overall CO2 emissions of the domestic group down to 304 tons/billion yen, a 19 tons/billion yen (5.9%) reduction compared to fiscal 2017.

CO2 Emissions Target and Progress

Emissions per unit of sales (t/billion yen)

CO2 emissions target and progress
*Scope of survey is group companies in Japan

Switching to Non-CFC Freezers

Case Study: Switching to Natural Refrigerant in Refrigeration Equipment for Spiral Freezer

The refrigeration equipment for the spiral freezer on the hamburger steak and nursing care food line at the Sapporo Plant of Nichiro Chikusan, our meat processing group company, was updated in fiscal 2018 to a non-CFC type that uses ammonia and CO2. This project was selected as a "Project for Accelerated Introduction of Energy-saving Equipment Using Natural Refrigerant for the Early Realization of a Fluorocarbon-free, Low-carbon Society" by the Ministry of the Environment. It is expected to result in an annual reduction of 464 tons of CO2 emissions.

Non-CFC freezer
Non-CFC freezer

Other Efforts

Case Study: Promoting Carbon-neutral Activities

Austral Fisheries in Australia has obtained carbon neutral* certification and is promoting a tree-planting program in the wheat belt of Western Australia as a part of that effort. This carbon neutral undertaking is positioned as a further step toward stable supply of marine resources. Products are marked with the CN fish brand logo, and the company is working to expand sales of environmentally friendly products.

*Carbon neutral: Refers to business activities that release net zero CO2 emissions into the atmosphere by offsetting the total amount of emissions through the implementation of measures that reduce CO2 in the atmosphere by the same amount.

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