Strongly recognizing the importance of corporate social responsibility in our business operations, the Calbee Group proactively engages in environmental conservation and other activities to ensure sustainability.
The Group has set forth an environmental policy and four pillars of action in line with the concept of conserving and protecting the environment and resources stated in the Calbee Group's code of conduct. We act in an environmentally-minded manner, making efforts to save energy and cut down on waste.
Calbee Group's Environmental Philosophy Structure and Declaration on the Environment
The Corporate Policy of the Calbee Group calls for harnessing nature's gifts, delivering flavor and fun, and supporting healthy living.
We incorporate the Corporate Policy and the spirit of CSR activities within our environmental activities, actively working to fulfill our role to protect the environment while taking into consideration measures to save energy, reduce waste, reduce the amount of water used, and other important causes.
Declaration on the Environment
- 1.We will observe environment-related laws and ordinances.
- 2.We will strive to offer safe products that give consideration to people's health and global environment.
- 3.We will strive to reduce CO2 emissions that contribute to global warming.
- 4.We will strive to minimize waste in the use of raw materials, which are nature's gift to us, and reduce waste and the amount of water used.
- 5.All of our employees will engage in environmental conservation efforts.
Commitments to Prevent Global Warming
Plants' Efforts to Reduce CO2 Emissions
The Calbee Group plants implement a number of measures to limit CO2 emissions during the production process. We make improvements to the production schedule by calculating and disclosing the amount of energy each line consumes, conduct diagnoses of efforts to save energy, and invite suggestions for energy saving. The Environmental Action Department takes the lead in organizing the company-wide energy management committee with representatives from our plants. The committee gives presentations on efforts to reduce energy consumption and conducts a wide range of other activities.
Producing results by installing heat pumps
We have equipped the wastewater treatment facilities at our new Utsunomiya Plant with heat pumps in an effort to reduce CO2 emissions. The heat pumps recover unused heat from treated water, which was previously thrown away, and use it to heat industrial wastewater as an alternative to steam. As well as reducing the amount of steam supplied by boilers, this also reduces heat being released from steam pipes, cutting heat loss from the system as a whole by 66% and reducing CO2 emissions by 49%.
As the first food company to install a heat pump-based heat recovery system as part of an anaerobic wastewater treatment facility, Calbee was presented with the Chairman's Prize from the Energy Conservation Center, Japan, in fiscal 2012.
Limiting CO2 Emissions during Transportation
Calbee was designated as a specified consigner in 2007. Each year we convey the results and details of plans to reduce energy consumption in transportation to the national government. We try to reduce the specific consumption by 1% each year.
Up until now, we have worked on (1) reviewing delivery routes, (2) eco-driving for improving fuel efficiency, (3) expanding cooperative delivery, and (4) making modal shifts in long-distance transportation (from trucks to railroad) in cooperation with logistics companies. In fiscal 2015, we achieved a 1.8% reduction from the fiscal 2006 levels.
Snack Food Service, our logistics affiliate, cooperates with logistics companies to improve fuel efficiency. The company limits the occurrences of accidents, fuel consumption, and CO2 emissions by equipping its delivery vehicles with a device that displays the eco-driving status, such as whether the driver avoids idling properly. In fiscal 2015, the device was installed in 507 vehicles, or nearly 94.1% of the vehicles the company regularly uses in delivery.
Increasing Cooperative Delivery
When we deliver products to clients, we try to reduce the number of vehicles used and amount of CO2 emissions by sharing vehicles with other snack companies. This also helps to increase the load factor.
In fiscal 2015, cooperative delivery helped us reduce CO2 emissions were reduced by 754 tons.
Effective Use of Resources
Waste Reduction and Recycling
We are committed to reducing and recycling waste to help build a recycling-based society. In production processes, we encourage separate collection, limit the amount of waste, and formulate a recycling flow. Our activities in this area are focused on recycling and zero emissions. For example, plant leftovers such as skins and other unused parts of potatoes are converted for use as feed. In this way, we have achieved a recycling rate of 99%.
Regeneration Treatment of Used Oil
The waste edible oil collected when cleaning the frying utensils is sent to a professional company for regeneration treatment. The regenerated oil serves is used as additional oil for feed production and in biodiesel fuel (BDF).
100% Recycling of Used Packaging Film
Our plants send film and other plastic waste generated during the packaging process to a professional company to be fully recycled into refuse-derived fuel. Known for its high calorific values and combustion efficiency, this refuse-derived fuel is used as an auxiliary fuel for the firing furnaces of cement companies and boilers of paper manufacturers.