Suntory Spirits to use green aluminium

Suntory Spirits Ltd. will be using green aluminium in its limited edition of The Premium Malt’s Sustainable Aluminum Can (350ml, 5.5% ABV) which will be available in stores nationwide in Japan from Tuesday, January 30th in a limited amount.

The green aluminium used in this product has been designed and produced in a joint effort among four other companies from different fields; Sumitomo Corporation, Sumisho Metalex Corporation, Kobe Steel, Ltd. and Daiwa Can Company. The green aluminium was allocated using a mass balance method, which reduces CO2 emissions by 25% compared to conventional aluminium cans.

“We are very pleased that the five companies were able to work together to reduce GHG emissions in the aluminium can value chain,” said Masaaki Fujiwara, Chief Sustainability Officer of Suntory Holdings. “We will continue to work with all members of the value chain to promote various initiatives to reduce GHG emissions.”

As a corporation sustained by the gifts of nature and water, Suntory Group aims to inspire the brilliance of life, by creating rich experiences for people, in harmony with nature. As stated in the “Suntory Environmental Vision 2050”, the Suntory Group aims to achieve net zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions across the whole value chain by 2050, and in the “Suntory Environmental Goals 2030” to halve its GHG emissions by 2030*5.

For packaging and containers, the Suntory Group considers its environmental impact throughout the entire product life cycle, from product design to transportation and recycling after consumption, and works to promote a circular economy. 

For PET bottles specifically, the company has established the “Suntory Group Plastic Policy” in 2019 to contribute to achieving a recycling-oriented and decarbonised society.

The Suntory Group will continue its efforts to reduce GHG emissions throughout the entire value chain by actively introducing environmentally friendly packaging materials and containers as well as installing more energy efficient technologies and renewable energy.

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