Environmental protection is a critical part of our responsibility to society. We work hard to identify, understand, and reduce our environmental impacts, going beyond strict legal minima.

Our commitment to environmental protection is reflected in the JT Group Environment Charter. Our commitment is wide-ranging and focuses on our whole value chain, from the procurement of raw materials to production, distribution, and sales.

To deliver improvements across the business, we have set targets in four key areas: prevention of global warming by reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, protection of water resources through sustainable water use, protecting biodiversity, and prevention of waste and promoting recycling along with effective resource use. Our newly developed Long-term Environment Plan outlines initiatives that aim to deliver these goals by 2020.

Environmental management

Environmental management

The JT Group Environment Charter Developed : May, 1995
Revised : May, 2010


The mission of the JT Group is to create, develop and nurture its unique brands to win consumer trust, while understanding and respecting the environment, and the diversity of societies and individuals.
We strive to conserve a healthy and productive environment for future generations, and are committed to environmental issues and preservation of biodiversity.

Based on the JT Group Environment Policy, we continue to act as a good corporate citizen to local communities in all countries and regions where we operate, and strive to harmonize our corporate activities with the environment.

The JT Group Environment Policy

  • Management systems
    We establish effective environmental management systems and continually improve them
  • Compliance
    We comply with environmental laws and regulations everywhere that we operate
  • Products and services
    We reduce environmental impacts of our products and services in their development phase, taking into account potential impacts on biodiversity
  • Process and supply chain
    We reduce environmental impacts and optimize the use of natural resources at all stages of our activities, taking into account potential impacts on biodiversity. We encourage suppliers to understand and abide by our Environment Charter
  • Environmental education
    We develop environmental awareness among employees through education and training and encourage them to take personal responsibility for the environment
  • Environmental communication
    We openly communicate our environmental performance and engage with our stakeholders to build trust

The JT Group Long-term Environment Plan 2020

To support our Environment Charter, in 2014 we developed a Long-term Environment Plan to 2020. The Plan outlines medium- and long-term improvement targets and initiatives in four key areas:

  • Prevention of global warming by reducing GHG emissions
  • Protection of water resources through sustainable use of water
  • Protection of biodiversity through sustainable stewardship of the natural environment
  • Prevention of waste and promoting recycling along with effective resource use

The Plan also aims to enhance our environmental management approach on a global basis and deliver improvements in environmental data reporting.

Environmental responsibilities

Responsibility for environmental management rests with JT's Executive Deputy President. The head of each operating division controls environmental management within their division and relevant Group companies. The Group Executive Committee monitors performance and developments in environmental management.

Environmental management systems

The JT Group's environmental management system (EMS) is based on the ISO 14001 environmental management standard.
Using a formal EMS ensures that our processes are consistent and systematic across the business and that we continually improve our environmental performance.

All manufacturing sites are encouraged to obtain ISO 14001 certification. Non-manufacturing sites, such as research and development facilities and distribution centers, can seek formal certification or implement their own ISO 14001 compliant EMS.
Smaller sites and offices use simplified versions. By using different levels of EMS, we manage environmental impacts according to the nature and scale of an individual operation.

GHG Emissions

GHG Emissions

Climate change is one of the biggest environmental challenges the world faces today. From a business perspective, it poses a threat to the supply of key raw materials, given the potential negative impacts on tobacco crops, as well as on the production of many of the non-tobacco materials used across our supply chain. It is therefore in our interest to reduce fossil fuel energy use and GHG emissions.

The JT Group environmental charter

Managing emissions

We started measuring our energy and GHG emissions in 1995. All of our sites are required to produce action plans with quantified energy and/or missions reductions targets that include details of investments required and the payback period for investments. In this way we have a continual focus on monitoring our performance and identifying opportunities for improvements.

Measuring emissions across our value chain

In addition to direct (Scope 1) emissions from fuel use at our sites and indirect (Scope 2) emissions from the electricity we purchase, we have been monitoring GHG emissions for the JT Group's entire value chain (Scope 3) since 2011. Although these Scope 3 emissions are outside the direct control of the JT Group, this process allows us to identify the areas responsible for the greatest emissions and to examine the most effective way to reduce them.

Targeted reductions

We have set long-term GHG targets for 2020:

  • To reduce the JT Group GHG emissions (Scope 1 and 2) by 20% by 2020 compared to 2009
  • To reduce GHG emissions from our tobacco business per million cigarettes equivalent by 20% by 2020 compared to 2009
  • To monitor GHG emissions through the JT Group's entire value chain (Scope 3 emissions) and to establish an effective way to reduce these emissions

We will deliver these targets through focused efficiency programs, including an ongoing, comprehensive energy survey in our production facilities. We are also targeting fuel efficiency and emissions from our vehicle fleet. For modalwindow, we provide eco-efficient driver training and run high-stack loading of trucks.

Water and waste

As a business with significant global manufacturing operations, using resources efficiently is a high priority across the JT Group. Our main areas of focus are reducing waste and increasing recycling, and using water efficiently and responsibly. This not only provides environmental benefits, but also delivers cost savings and drives efficiency in our operations.

We project waste generation and water use at each of our sites as part of the planning cycle at our operations. We also assess our processes and equipment to identify and implement waste reduction and water efficiency programs.

Water and waste

Sustainable water use

Many of our products are made from natural components; thus, we consider the conservation of water resources as one of the most important environmental issues for the JT Group. Our Long-term Environment Plan includes a goal to conduct a water risk assessment for all our businesses and to establish appropriate protective and remedial measures in the coming years. The risk mapping process will involve assessing water scarcity and availability forecasts up to 2050, as well as flood, regulatory, and reputational risks.


Our Long-term Environment Plan prioritizes waste prevention through continuous promotion of the 3R waste hierarchy - Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. Our factories are the main source of waste generation across the JT Group, and we started to monitor and record waste data in 1995. The challenge we face is to improve the detail of our waste monitoring in order to identify improvement initiatives and enable good practice sharing between operations. We remain focused on this challenge and anticipate continued improvements in this area.



Biodiversity plays an important part in natural processes that are critical to agricultural productivity, such as crop pollination. Linked to this, tobacco is usually grown in biologically diverse areas, so we collaborate with our supplier farmers to minimize biodiversity impacts in our tobacco supply chain.

Our approach

We do not currently have a uniform approach to biodiversity across the JT Group. It is, however, a focus of our Longterm Environmental Plan. This outlines our commitment and approach towards biodiversity to 2020 and establishes a goal to assess the impact of our worldwide operations on biodiversity.

Once we understand our impacts better, we can establish measures to protect biodiversity in a way that responds to the needs and challenges in our operating locations. We launched a program to assess our biodiversity impacts in 2014, and we expect to complete this in the next two years.

Biodiversity in our supply chain

Our approach is to focus on aspects of biodiversity where we can make a difference directly or have a positive influence on those working in the tobacco supply chain.


Agrobiodiversity relates to biodiversity on farms. A key factor in this area is including tobacco growers in the process of managing biodiversity on their tobacco farms. Our aim with agrobiodiversity is to establish tobacco production systems that are economically viable, socially acceptable, and environmentally sustainable. Our developing approach to agrobiodiversity is currently being monitored and studied in our agro-research center in Brazil (ADET) through several baseline studies in tobacco growing areas in collaboration with local universities and NGOs.

Tree planting

Tree planting

Growing and planting trees is central to our sustainability approach and serves two purposes. Agroforestry is our main focus, and is designed to ensure an adequate and sustainable supply of wood for tobacco curing. But we also reforest areas where trees have been cut down for use as timber and firewood.

Good agricultural practices and integrated pest management

We aim to promote agricultural practices that support sustainable tobacco production and meet our requirements, at the same time as improving productivity and returns for farmers. Integrated pest management helps farmers with pest control and ultimately reduces the use of pesticides, which may risk threatening biodiversity.

Good agricultural practices and integrated pest management

A large part of our approach is assessing and tackling social and economic factors that lead to biodiversity depletion and unsustainable natural resource use, in particular deforestation. A large part of this is working with, and educating, growers on the benefits of considering and managing biodiversity on their farms and promoting the adoption of best practices.

Environment data

Some of our environment data has been externally verified.

Environment data verification statement

JT and Japanese domestic group companies

International tobacco business (JTI)

1. Energy

Energy Consumption
2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
Fuel 6,519 6,428 7,114 7,150 6,576 6,329 6,066 6,357
Electricity 3,888 3,824 3,541 3,533 3,464 3,416 3,231 3,052
Heating 39 39 40 45 57 52 50 30
Steam 13 82 71 78 66 69 81 36
Total 10,460 10,372 10,766 10,805 10,163 9,866 9,428 9,475
Energy Consumption Breakdown (Terajoules) 2016
A. Non-renewable fuel consumed 5,693
B. Renewable fuel consumed 665
C. Electricity, heating, cooling and steam purchased for consumption 3,115
D. Self-generated electricity, heating, cooling and steam 2
E. Electricity, heating, cooling and steam sold 76
Total (A+B+C+D-E) 9,398

2. GHG

GHG emissions
(1,000 tons CO2e)
2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
CO2 383 377 380 376 360 344 327 335
HFCs 10 10 11 9 11 12 13 33
Total (Scope1) 394 387 391 385 371 356 340 368
Scope2 475 462 419 421 407 400 379 346
Total (Scope1+2) 869 849 809 805 778 756 719 714
Total (Scope1+2) 869 849 809 805 778 756 719 714
Purchased goods and services - - 4,301 4,712 4,698 4,372 4,023 4,203
Capital goods - - 318 435 457 403 382 349
Fuel-and-energy-related activities
(not included in Scope 1 or 2)
- - 110 111 107 106 104 98
Upstream transportation and distribution - - 467 435 440 446 391 443
Waste generated in operations - - 28 26 24 21 19 18
Business travel - - 258 275 268 245 257 265
Employee commuting - - 38 38 37 40 37 36
Upstream leased assets - - 0 1 1 1 0 0
Downstream transportation and distribution - - 326 336 334 345 306 292
Processing of sold products - - 7 6 5 3 2 2
Use of sold products - - 28 29 29 31 32 33
End of life treatment of sold products - - 56 71 66 68 62 57
Downstream leased assets - - 1 1 1 1 1 0
Franchises - - 6 5 5 5 5 3
Total (Scope3) - - 5,943 6,480 6,473 6,086 5,621 5,799
GHG emissions intensity for tobacco business (Scope1+2)
(tons CO2e per million cigarettes equivalent)
2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
0.80 0.83 0.76 0.75 0.74 0.70 0.65 0.65

3. Water

Water withdrawal
(1,000 m³)
2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
12,113 11,960 11,859 11,354 10,457 10,234 9,753 9,896
Water withdrawal by source (1,000 m³) 2016
Fresh surface water 1,575
Rainwater 47
Groundwater 5,341
Municipal supply 2,933
Total 9,896
Water discharge by destination (1,000 m³) 2016
Fresh surface water 2,326
Groundwater 1
Municipal/industrial treatment plant 3,199
Total 5,527

4. Waste

Waste generation
(1,000 tons)
2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
145 135 127 124 117 118 119 113
Waste generation breakdown (%) 2016
Recycling 77%
Recovery 8%
Disposal 15%

The calculation methodology and scope are available in a Basis of Reporting.

Basis of Reporting

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