Environment

Environment

Environmental issues are of increasing societal concern and have brought many challenges to our society. For instance, today we are facing melting ice caps, rising sea levels, and changing weather patterns, and we all need to address them. As a global organization, we recognize that we have a key role to play in reducing our environmental impacts.

As with most industries, the environment has a direct influence on our business. We also know that our operations impact the environment, through resource usage, emissions, and waste generation, but we strive to minimize this impact. By implementing sustainable business practices, we are able to conserve resources, reduce waste, manage costs, and meet the growing consumer demand for more sustainable products – bringing benefits to both the environment and our business. This approach is explained in the JT Group Environment Policy.



In 2019, we launched the JT Group Environment Plan 2030, which sets objectives and targets to address our key environmental risks and opportunities in relation to three key topics: “Energy and Emissions”, “Natural Resources”, and “Waste”.

It considers not only our operations, but also key elements of our value chain. The plan contains longer-term objectives for energy and emissions, along with quantified targets by 2030.

We will track performance and progress towards our objectives and targets and we will revisit the plan periodically to ensure that it remains relevant to our business and stakeholders.

JT Group Environment Plan 2030

Energy and emissions

Energy Emissions
Objective Transition our operations to net zero carbon energy supply. Reduce our greenhouse gas emissions to support the Paris Agreement on global climate change with the aim to achieve net zero carbon emissions from our operations.
Targets We will double the proportion of renewable electricity that we use to 25% by 2030 and 100% by 2050. We will reduce greenhouse gas emissions from our own operations by 32%.

We will reduce emissions associated with our purchased goods and services by 23%. This will be achieved through a 40% reduction from our direct leaf supply chain and reductions in our non-tobacco materials, such as packaging.

Natural resources

Water Forestry
Objective Support global water stewardship by reducing our water withdrawal and by encouraging water risk management in our supply chain. Ensure a sustainable wood supply for our product supply chains and further contribute to forest conservation and rehabilitation.
Targets We will reduce water withdrawal associated with our tobacco business by 15%.

To better understand water risk and use in our supply chain, by 2022, we will implement a water risk management process in our manufacturing supply chain.
To further focus our efforts on sustainable forest management, by 2020, we will have assessed the drivers for deforestation and forest degradation in communities where we source tobacco and developed action plans for improved wood resource use, forest conservation, and forest rehabilitation.

We will replace all wood from natural forests used in the tobacco curing process of our directly contracted growers with renewable fuel sources.

Waste

Waste
Objective Further reduce the environmental impacts of waste associated with our processes and products.
Targets We will reduce waste associated with our tobacco business by 20%.

By 2020, we will have targets and action plans relating to the appropriate use and responsible disposal of materials, including plastics, used in our products and packaging.

Baseline year for all targets is 2015. Target year is 2030 unless stated otherwise. The overall plan is to be reviewed every 5 years.