Japan Tobacco: JT Group Extends Its Sustainability Ambition Across the Entire Value Chain to Achieve Net Zero Greenhouse Gas Emissions by 2050



Tokyo, February 14, 2022

JT Group extends its sustainability ambition across the value chain to achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050

Japan Tobacco Inc. (JT) (TSE: 2914) today announces that the JT Group is committed to accelerating its efforts to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions across its entire value chain and to achieve net zero GHG emissions by 2050.

The JT Group recognizes its vital responsibility to contribute to the transition to a decarbonized society, given the ever-increasing global environmental concerns. To achieve this, the Group has updated its “Energy and Emissions” targets in the current “JT Group Environmental Plan 2030” and aims to be carbon neutral for its own operations by 2030. Among other initiatives, the JT Group plans to achieve this goal. by increasing the share of renewable electricity it uses.

Revised 2030 GHG emission reduction targets are in line with scientific thinking and the JT Group is currently preparing to seek validation of its targets by the Science Based Targets initiative1.

Masamichi Terabatake, President and CEO of JT Group, said: “Sustainable development initiatives lay the foundation for the company’s long-term growth. These initiatives fully resonate with our management principle” to pursue the 4S model2” and are indispensable. As a leading global company, we believe that addressing global environmental concerns, particularly those relating to climate change, forms the basis of our business management.

Today, we set our new targets to achieve net zero GHG emissions across our entire value chain by 2050. As an interim step, we aim to be carbon neutral in our manufacturing operations. 2030. We aim to continue to benefit from the trust of our stakeholders. and making constant efforts to reduce our environmental impact, ensuring a long-term sustainable environment.”

  1. SBTi, formed in 2015 by CDP, the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC), the World Resources Institute (WRI) and the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), validates the targets submitted by companies to confirm whether they are based on science. Once validated, companies can declare that the target is science-based and in line with the Paris Agreement.
  2. Under the 4S model, we strive to fulfill our responsibilities to our valued consumers, shareholders, employees and society at large, carefully considering the respective interests of these four key stakeholder groups and exceeding their expectations. wherever we can. For more details, please visit https://www.jt.com/about/management_principles/index.html

Appendix: Examples of Current JT Group Initiatives to Address Climate Change Issues

Use of renewable energy in factories around the world The use of renewable energies enables the Group to reduce both its energy consumption and its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

Installation of solar panels in the Philippines

The Batangas plant in the Philippines installed 17,040 solar panels, making it one of the largest solar panel installations in Southeast Asia.

Use of Direct Solar Steam Generation in Jordan

The factory in Amman, Jordan is the first tobacco

Factory in Batangas, Philippines

factory in the world to use direct solar steam generation

  • specifically, a roof mounted solar heating equipment. This equipment is used for tobacco manufacturing and plant air conditioning. The initiative was rewarded with the “Environmental Stewardship Award” from the World Bank.

The mapping of the JT Group’s renewable energies (as of December 31, 2020)

Improvements in the curing process of leaf tobacco

The JT Group strives to reduce GHG emissions not only from its own business activities, but also from the raw materials and services it purchases. Improvements to the leaf tobacco curing process will help reduce the amount of wood used in the process.

Installation of living barns in Malawi and Zambia

The JT Group preserves the natural environment and

improve production efficiency by eliminating the need

to fell trees and build drying facilities. In Malawi

and Zambia, leaf tobacco growers are encouraged to

set up living barns, an area where growers use plantations

trees as drying facilities. The little rainy climate plays

an advantage to the drying process, as the trees are planted

Living Barns in Malawi

and grown, evenly spaced, to use as pillars for hanging

leaf tobacco.

  • Introduction of energy efficient dryers in japan
    In collaboration with leaf tobacco producers and a machine supplier, the JT Group has developed

an innovative dryer to improve energy efficiency in the tobacco curing process. By the end of 2021, the Group’s leaf tobacco growers were using a total of 825 energy-efficient dryers across Japan.

Initiatives in the processed food sector

  • Use of a biomass cogeneration system in a seasoning factory in Thailand
    Thai Foods International’s seasoning plant in Thailand uses a biomass cogeneration system to provide steam and electricity for the manufacturing process. The system involves the production of electricity by a steam turbine following the combustion of organic materials. This allows the plant to use the heat from the steam during and after power generation.
  • Installation of solar power generation panels in a factory in Japan
    Fuji Food Corporation’s Shizuoka Kanaya factory in Japan generates its own electricity by installing solar panels.


Japan Tobacco Inc. is a leading international tobacco company, present in more than 130 countries. With around 58,000 employees, it manufactures and sells some of the world’s best-known brands, including Winston, Camel, MEVIUS and LD. The JT Group is committed to investing in Reduced Risk Products (RRPs) and currently markets its heated tobacco products under its Ploom brand and various e-cigarette products under its Logic brand. The Group is also present in the pharmaceutical and agri-food businesses. For more information, visit https://www.jt.com/.

Contacts: Dinesh Babu Thotakura, General Manager

Jo Oshiana Ogawa, Associate Director

Media and Investor Relations Department

Japan Tobacco Inc.

Tokyo: +81-3-6636-2914

E-mail: jt.media.relations@jt.com


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