Conducting Life Cycle Assessment
Life cycle assessment is a method of evaluating the environmental impact of products and services. Environmental assessment is intended to evaluate environmental impact in advance, primarily of large-scale development and so on, but life cycle assessment identifies the environmental impact of individual products in each stage from production to shipping, sale, use, disposal, and re-use and involves discussion and investigation of improvement measures with stakeholders. NH Foods Group assesses and improves consideration for the environment through activities such as measures to address our carbon footprint.
Carbon Footprint Measures
Before products reach customers and are consumed, there are five major stages starting with procurement of ingredients (such as meats and wheat), production and processing and ending with disposal and recycling of product packaging (see figure below). We calculate how much of an environmental impact each of these five stages has and take measures to address the carbon footprint using the method of life cycle assessment to evaluate the impact.
NH Foods Ltd. sells products with the carbon footprint mark.
NH Foods displays the carbon footprint mark on the Mori-no-Kaori® series of sausage, ham, and bacon products that it sells.
Products with the Carbon Footprint Mark
|Product Name (contents, CFP Registration Number)||Product Photo||CO2 Emissions|
|Mori-no-Kaori® Arabiki Wiener Sausage (85g)
|Mori-no-Kaori® Loin Ham (58g)
|Mori-no-Kaori® Half Bacon (48g)
Note: For the above products, calculations were performed based on PCR for hams and sausages, and following verification by a CFP Verification Panel, approval was obtained to display the carbon footprint mark on products.
Measures Based on Environmental Impact Analysis Results
The results of Scope 3 calculations reveal that CO2 emissions within the scope of the Group’s business operations are relatively low and the scale of emissions is large in materials procurement.
We then analyzed the reduction measures that we should implement from the perspectives of the scale of CO2 emissions and the feasibility of management (the extent of involvement) by the Group. We are now taking action with packaging materials and cardboard, which have low emissions but allow for direct involvement by the Group, as advance action items.