Kagome Group Water Policy
The Kagome Group uses large amounts of water in the cultivation of crops that serve as the raw ingredients for products as well as in the processing stage. While Japan has relatively abundant water resources, there are also regions in the world facing serious water shortages. For this reason, it is essential to reduce water stress as best as we can.
Kagome is implementing sustainable measures tailored to each region to preserve the water resources in regions where it operates.
- 1.The Kagome Group and its major suppliers understand water-related risks.
- 2.The Kagome Group and its major suppliers strive to reduce water intake and use water efficiently to protect local water resources.
- 3.The Kagome Group and its major suppliers clean used water before returning it to the local communities.
- 4.Factories in areas where water-related risks are high take measures for water that are appropriate for the local areas.
Assessing and Responding to Water Risks
The Kagome Group's overseas plants and major suppliers are assessing water-related risks at each location utilizing WRI Aqueduct provided by World Resources Institute (WRI). The findings are shared with overseas plants and regions with high water risks are identified given the actual condition. Consequently, we have noticed that out of eight overseas plants of the Kagome Group, our plant in Australia is at high risk for drought and heavy rain.
Meanwhile, there is no manufacturing location with particularly high water-related risks within Japan.
At Kagome Australia Pty Ltd., major damage to tomato crops occurred due to heavy rain in April 2017. Following investigation of past data, with the risk for heavy rain being high in the later part of April, we have been cultivating tomatoes outside of the high risk period starting in 2018 in order to adapt to climate change. Since there is also risk of drought in Australia, the water used at our plants in the winter is placed into a dammed reservoir and then supplied to nearby farmers in the spring. This forms part of our efforts for water recycling.
CDP Water Security Evaluation Result
CDP is an international non-profit organization that evaluates corporations for their initiatives on climate change and water. Evaluations are conducted according to the eight scores of A, A-, B, B-, C, C-, D, and D-. Kagome received a score of B for CDP Water Security in 2020.
Reducing Water Intake
In FY2020, the Kagome Group's water intake totaled 7,516 thousand tons, marking an increase of 0.3% compared to FY2019.
The sources of water intake for overseas is tap water for the United States and Australia, well water for Portugal and Italy, and both tap water and well water for Taiwan.
Kagome Group's Water Intake and Discharge
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Reducing Water Usage at Domestic Plants
Promotion of Efficient Water Use and Recycling
Since a large amount of water is used at Kagome's plants to clean agricultural produce as raw ingredients and to cool products, we are promoting the efficient use and recycling of water to cut back on water usage.
As a result of thorough implementation of water conservation efforts at our plants, in FY2020, water usage at domestic plants was 2,777 thousand tons, a 2.1% reduction compared to FY2019, while water usage per unit of production volume was 7.0 t/kl, a 3.3% decrease compared to FY2019.
In the future, we will continue to reduce water usage by reviewing the methods of use and recycling coolant water, among other measures.
Water Quality Preservation
We are benefiting the community by installing a wastewater treatment facility at each plant, which treats water used at the plants to the standard determined by law before releasing it into rivers. In addition, in areas where our plants operate that have water quality preservation ordinances* in place, we strive to observe these standards in order to conserve the water environment.
*Drainage standards in Kasumigaura and Kitaura waterways of Ibaraki Prefecture
The 8th Total Volume Reduction Plan in Aichi Prefecture
Forest Preservation and Development Activities
Kagome has concluded a foster agreement with Fujimi Town, under Nagano Prefecture's "Forest Foster Parent Program" on August 8, 2015 (with Kagome the foster parent and Fujimi Town the foster child).
With appreciation for the natural bounty of the mountain ranges of Mt. Nyukasayama that serve as the headwaters of the well used by Fujimi Plant, we have named an area of approximately 150 ha on Mt. Nyukasayama (Fujimi Town, Nagano) Kagome Forest, where we conduct forest conservation and development activities. As for annual activities, we have been conducting planting in May and undergrowth mowing in July. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we conducted undergrowth mowing in October in 2020. In addition, Fujimi Plant has also participated in the planting volunteer event on Mt. Nyukasayama hosted by Fujimi Town since FY2005.