Suntory Spirits unveils green aluminium cans

Suntory Spirits will use green aluminium for its limited edition The Premium Malt’s cans.

The green aluminium used for the cans, which will be available in Japan later this month, 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 aluminum cans.

“We are very pleased that the five companies were able to work together to reduce GHG emissions in the aluminum 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 part of Suntory’s Environmental Vision 2050, the group aims to achieve net zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions across the whole value chain by 2050. The company also plans to halve its GHG emissions by 20305.

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

The company said it will continue to reduce GHG emissions throughout the value chain by actively utilising environmentally friendly containers and packaging, introducing further energy-saving technologies, and utilising renewable energy.

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