JT Group accelerates sustainability agenda in quest for 2050 net zero

By Luke Barras-hill |

Source: JT Group.

Japan Tobacco (JT) Group says it is ramping up efforts to reduce its carbon footprint across the entire value chain in the pursuit of net-zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2050.

The JT Group acknowledges its ‘vital responsibility’ to contribute to transitioning towards a decarbonised society given ever-increasing global environmental concerns.

In view of this, the group has updated its targets for ‘Energy and Emissions’ in the current ‘JT Group Environment Plan 2030’ and aims to be carbon neutral across its own operations by 2030.

Among other initiatives, the JT Group plans to increase the proportion of renewable electricity that it uses.

ALIGNED WITH SBTI

Meanwhile, at its factory in Amman, Jordan, JT is using direct solar steam generation using rooftop-mounted solar heating equipment. This is a reported first for a tobacco factory in the world.

The equipment is used for tobacco manufacturing and air conditioning the factory facilities.

The new targets to achieve net-zero GHG emissions straddle JT Group’s entire value chain. Source: JT Group.

For example, the Group has installed 17,040 solar panels in its factory in Batangas, the Philippines to ensure it is one of the largest solar panel installations in Southeast Asia.

The revised 2030 targets for GHG emission reduction are in line with science-based thinking and the group is currently preparing to obtain validation of its targets from the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi).

Masamichi Terabatake, President and Chief Executive Officer, JT Group, said: “Sustainability initiatives lay the foundation for long-term business growth. These initiatives resonate thoroughly with our management principle ‘to pursue the 4S model’ and are indispensable.

“As a leading global company, we believe that addressing global environmental concerns, especially those regarding climate change, forms the basis of our business management.

“Today, we have set our new targets to achieve Net-Zero GHG emissions across our entire value chain by 2050. As an intermediate milestone, we aim to be carbon neutral in our operations by 2030. We aim to continue to be trusted by our stakeholders and make relentless efforts to reduce our environmental impact, ensuring a sustainable environment for the long-term.”

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