Environment

Environment

Environmental issues are of increasing societal concern and have brought many challenges to our society. For instance, today, we are facing the consequences of climate change, such as melting ice caps, rising sea levels, and changing weather patterns. We all need to address these issues and, as a global organization, we recognize that we have a key role to play in reducing our environmental impact.

As with most industries, the environment has a direct impact 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.



Our JT Group Environment Plan 2030 sets objectives and targets to address our key environmental risks and opportunities across three focus areas: Energy and Emissions, Natural Resources, and Waste.

It considers not only our operations, but also our value chain. The plan contains longer-term objectives for energy and emissions, along with quantified targets to achieve 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.

Environment

Energy and emissions

Energy Emissions
Objective JT Group will transition all of its energy use to zero carbon energy by 2050. JT Group will reduce its emissions and commits to be Carbon Neutral for its own operations by 2030 and achieve Net-Zero Greenhouse Gas emissions across its entire value chain by 2050.
Targets We will increase the proportion of renewable electricity that we use to 50% by 2030 and 100% by 2050. We commit to reduce absolute Scope 1 & 2 GHG emissions by 47% in line with a 1.5 degree reduction pathway by 2030 from a 2019 base year.

We commit to reduce absolute Scope 3 GHG emissions associated with purchased goods and services by 28% by 2030 from a 2019 base year.

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, we have assessed the drivers for deforestation and forest degradation in communities where we source tobacco and developed steadily implement 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 the environmental impact of our products and packaging through:
  • Design solutions
  • Facilitating responsible collection and disposal
  • Consumer awareness and education
More specifically, we will reduce our packaging (including plastic) and ensure that the remaining is 88% reusable or recyclable by 2025, rising to 100% by 2030. In total, recycled content will account for 20% of our tobacco business packaging by 2025.

We will reduce waste associated with our tobacco business by 20%.

Baseline year for targets is 2015 and target year is 2030 unless stated otherwise. The overall plan is to be reviewed every five years.

Read more about our progress toward quantified targets here.