Reducing Environmental Impacts at Manufacturing Plants

Reducing CO2 Emissions

The NISSIN FOODS Group has formulated EARTH FOOD CHALLENGE 2030, our environmental strategy until FY2031, and set CO2 emission targets of a 30% reduction in total Scope 1 and 2 emissions in Japan and overseas compared to FY2019 as well as a 15% reduction in Scope 3* emissions. (Refer to Environmental Management System for details on progress). These targets are recognized to be based on the Science Based Targets (SBT) initiative as targets that limit the average rise in global temperatures to well-below 2°C above pre-industrial levels aligned with the Paris Agreement.

  • *Scope 1: Direct emissions from owned or controlled sources
    Scope 2: Indirect emissions from the generation of purchased electricity, heat or steam energy
    Scope 3: All indirect emissions (not included in Scope 1 or Scope 2) that occur in the value chain

Environmental Management System

Use of reusable energy

In order to reduce CO2 emissions, the Group is introducing various energy-saving facilities at our manufacturing plants, such as LED lighting and lighting with motion sensors. In addition, at some manufacturing plants, besides installing solar panels, biomass boilers, and heat pump facilities, we are also reusing heat energy. In FY2021, 97 MWh of electricity was generated in total by solar panels installed at our R&D center “the WAVE” and NISSIN FOODS PRODUCTS Shiga Plant. Furthermore, 375 MWh of electricity generated at the Hong Kong and Wing On Plants of NISSIN FOODS (H.K.) and the Wintai Plant of WINNER FOOD PRODUCTS was sold using Hong Kong’s Feed-in Tariff (FiT) Scheme*.
The Group also joined RE100—an international initiative that seeks to achieve 100% renewable energy for business activities—in February 2021. Electricity derived from renewable energy is also being used at the Ibiuna and Gloria do Goita Plants of NISSIN FOODS DO BRASIL since January 2021 and at the Shizuoka and Shimonoseki Plants of NISSIN FOODS PRODUCTS since April 2021.

  • *This is a scheme where the national government guarantees that electricity generated using renewable energy will be bought by power companies (electricity retailers) at a fixed price for a certain period of time.

Capacities of solar power generation facilities

Type Total facility capacity (kW) Installed locations
In-house consumption 95 the WAVE, NISSIN FOODS PRODUCTS Shiga Plant, NISSIN FOODS DE MEXICO Lerma Plant
Sale through FiT 631 BONCHI Kobe Plant, NISSIN FOODS (H.K.) Hong Kong and Wing On Plants, WINNER FOOD PRODUCTS Wintai Plant

Target procurement rate of renewable energy in electricity used for business activities in Japan and overseas

  • Expected procurement rate in FY2022: Approximately 20%
  • Until FY2031: 60%
  • Until FY2051: 100%

Use of electricity generated by incinerating waste

Containers for instant noodles often have oil residue after consumers finish eating, making them difficult to recycle. They are generally disposed of as burnable waste. To address this, NISSIN FOODS HOLDINGS began using electricity generated by incinerating waste, allowing for resources to be used effectively. Since March 2020, 50% of the electricity used at the Tokyo Head Office of NISSIN FOODS HOLDINGS comes from electricity generated by incinerating waste.

Energy-Saving Initiatives at Manufacturing Plants in FY2021

Annual Amount of CO2 Reduction Effect (tons)

Replacement and Streamlining of Facilities
NISSIN PLASTICS Shiga Plant Changed compressed air to blower air 345
ZHUHAI GOLDEN COAST WINNER FOOD PRODUCTS Modified noodle steaming machine 311
NISSIN FOOD PRODUCTS Kanto Plant Replaced boiler 293
NISSIN FOODS (U.S.A) Lancaster Plant 65
NISSIN FOOD PRODUCTS Shimonoseki Plant 30
NISSIN FOODS Kft. Introduced steam recovery system to fryer heat exchanger 220
NISSIN FOODS INDIA Jigani Plant Replaced steam traps that prevent steam leaks 202
BONCHI Tokyo Plant Replaced boiler’s steam traps, valves, and pipes 123
NISSIN YORK Kansai Plant Switched to LED lighting 66
BONCHI Kobe Plant Replaced air conditioners 56
TAKAMATSU NISSIN FOOD PRODUCTS Switched to inverter for cooling tower of freezer and replaced steam traps 44
BONCHI Central Industrial Park plant Modified steam traps 42
NISSIN F.D. FOODS Replaced steaming machine and freezer 41
BONCHI Yamagata Plant Modified solenoid valves 23
Operations Improved
NISSIN FOODS (U.S.A) Gardena plant Improved efficiency of boiler 820
NISSIN FOODS INDIA Khordha Factory Reused flash steam 491
NISSIN FOOD PRODUCTS Kansai Plant Reduced co-generation operating hours 385
GUANGDONG SHUNDE NISSIN FOODS Improved efficiency of boiler control and reused compressed air used at production lines 331
NISSIN FOOD PRODUCTS Kanto Plant Improved efficiency of air usage interval of noodle loosening machine 100
NISSIN PLASTICS Kanto Plant Replaced compressors 90
FUJIAN NISSIN FOODS Recovered steam waste heat 37
NISSIN YORK Kanto Plant Reduced boiler heat loss 12
NISSIN FOODS (THAILAND) Introduced air conditioner inverter control 10
Purchased electricity
NISSIN FOODS DO BRASIL Ibiuna Plant Used electricity derived from renewable energy 648
NISSIN FOODS DO BRASIL Gloria do Goita Plant 146
AJINIHON Switched to electric power company with a low CO2 emissions coefficient 183

CO2 emissions

Fluorocarbon Leakage Prevention

To prevent fluorocarbon leakage, the Group conducts simple inspections and periodic inspections performed by external specialist organizations in accordance with the Fluorocarbon Emission Control Law. Also, we are incrementally switching to natural coolants toward completely eliminating the use of HCFC specified chlorofluorocarbons such as R-22 coolants.

The NISSIN FOOD PRODUCTS Shizuoka Plant is employing natural refrigerants (CO2) for all its newly-installed freezers. In addition, NISSIN F.D. FOODS, which manufactures and sells dry ingredients for cup-type noodles, uses freezers that use natural refrigerants (ammonia and CO2) for all its large freezers. Similarly, KAGAWA NISSIN FOOD PRODUCTS, which manufactures and sells dry ingredients for cup-type noodles, introduced CFC-free freeze-drying cooling units.

Reducing Waste

The NISSIN FOODS Group is working to achieve zero emission status by reducing product loss that occurs in production processes and promoting recycling. Food residues, which make up the bulk of waste from our plants, are reused in animal feed and as fertilizers. We are also reducing sludge by improving wastewater treatment facilities and recycling mixed waste. At production plants in Japan, achieving waste recycling rate of 99.5% or higher each year up till fiscal 2031 is set as a Medium-Term Environmental Target.

Waste volume and recycling rate

Reducing Container Wrapping

As part of reducing the environmental impact of packaging, the Group adopted the Basic Policy on Environmentally Friendly Container and Packaging Design. Under this policy, we contribute to the creation of a recycling-based society by reducing, reusing, and recycling resources (the 3Rs).

Basic Policy on Environmentally Friendly Container and Packaging Design

Since 2017, NISSIN FOOD PRODUCTS has been selling the OWAN DE TABERU CUP NOODLES which is a set combining a small amount of noodles with ingredients. It can help reduce domestic waste after eating as it allows the taste of CUP NOODLES to be enjoyed by using small bowls found at home and just pouring hot water. Currently, in addition to CUP NOODLES, CHICKEN RAMEN and DONBEI have also been added to the OWAN DE TABERU series.

Reducing the use of plastic containers and packaging

Based on our Basic Policy on Environmentally Friendly Container and Packaging Design, the Group works on reducing the weight and use of containers as well as undertakes research and development of packaging with less environmental impact toward reducing the use of petroleum-derived plastics.
In our environmental strategy EARTH FOOD CHALLENGE 2030, we have set the target of “Complete with Green Packaging” and established new numerical targets related to environmentally friendly containers and packaging. We will promote the Group’s alternative material technologies and efficient use of limited resources toward achieving the targets. We can expect contributions toward the spread of renewable energy in society and promotion of recycling systems in the future through accelerating such innovation related to containers and packaging.
Since January 2019, NISSIN FOODS HOLDINGS has been participating as a secretary company in the Clean Ocean Material Alliance (CLOMA), a public-private collaboration organization that undertakes the sustainable use of plastic products and development of alternative materials.

Targets for 2030 related to plastic containers and packaging (formulated in June 2021)

  • Environmentally friendly containers and packaging*1 are used*2 in all products
  • Total amount of petroleum-derived plastics in container/packaging per unit sales is reduced*3 by at least 20%
  • *1Such as reducing the weight and use of containers, use of biomass, use of paper, material recycling, chemical recycling, and use of recycled materials
  • *2For Group companies in Japan and overseas, against levels in FY2019
  • *3For NISSIN FOOD PRODUCTS, against levels in FY2019

Plastic reduction initiatives

In June 2021, NISSIN FOOD PRODUCTS abolished the plastic sticker for closing the cover of CUP NOODLE. This allows us to reduce the use of plastic raw materials by 33 tons annually. Together with this, we are progressively switching to a new double-tab cover that allows the cover to be properly closed without a sticker.

NISSIN FROZEN FOODS has nearly completely phased out the use of plastic trays in the noodle products of its proprietary brand. For pasta and yakisoba products, it is reducing the amount of plastic used in packaging materials through the complete elimination of liquid sauce packages by placing liquid sauce directly on top of the noodles and rapidly freezing it.

Example of reducing the quantity of plastic used in FY2021

Annual Amount of Material Reduction Effect (tons)

NISSIN FOOD PRODUCTS Changed size of soup packs 1
NISSIN CISCO Reviewed packaging design of standing pack for GOROTTO GRANOLA 4
Using paper containers
We are increasing the usage rate of paper containers as an initiative to increase the use of packaging that can be recycled. Since 2008, NISSIN FOOD PRODUCTS has been using paper—a renewable resource—in CUP NOODLES containers (the ECO Cup). In December 2019, we started using the Biomass ECO Cup which has even less environmental impact. We are also promoting the use of ECO Cups in overseas regions. After commencing its use in China in 2009, we have been expanding this initiative to America (2015), Asia (2016), and Europe (2017).
Usage rate of paper containers and packaging*
Fiscal 2019:59.6%
Fiscal 2020:62.4%
  • *Proportion of paper containers and packaging used in the containers and packaging of NISSIN FOODS PRODUCTS based on the Containers and Packaging Recycling Law
  • *Target: NISSIN FOOD PRODUCTS, NISSIN CHILLED FOODS, NISSIN FROZEN FOODS Calculated based on the Containers and Packaging Recycling Law

Recycling of Containers and Packaging

In Japan, companies that use packaging materials are obligated to recycle packaging materials under the Containers and Packaging Recycling LAW. NISSIN FOOD PRODUCTS, MYOJO FOODS, MYOJO FOODS, NISSIN FROZEN FOODS, NISSIN CHILLED FOODS, NISSIN CISCO, NISSIN YORK and BONCHI outsource the recycling of plastic, paper and other materials from containers and packaging to the Japan Containers and Packaging Recycling Association, and pay recycling operation contract fees for the items recycled in accordance with the weight of products manufactured and sold. Collected recyclable materials sorted from municipal household garbage are used to produce such things as pallets, imitation wooden logs, benches, and reconstituted paperboard by recycling companies.

Reducing Packaging Materials

Almost all cardboard essential for packing products can be recycled. It is generally said that the collection rate in Japan is at least 95%.
The Group has also made the cardboard used in packaging materials smaller, thereby reducing the amount of cardboard used. In addition, we strive to reduce the amount of cardboard used by adopting an alternating top-up, top-down configuration which allows the same number of products to be packed in smaller cases.
To make effective use of limited resources, the Group promotes the use of cardboard made from FSC®-certified paper. FSC® certification is a system where third-party agencies certify that the packaging material contributes toward the conservation of sustainable forest resources, is 100% recyclable, and is friendly to the environment.

Procuring sustainable paper

Example of reducing the quantity of cardboard used in FY2021

Annual Amount of Material Reduction Effect (tons)

NISSIN CHILLED FOODS Abolished cardboard inner partitions with aluminum pans 2
NISSIN CISCO Reviewed cardboard design for GOROTTO GRANOLA 22
Adjusted cardboard caser (machine that makes, fills, and seals carboard cases) for CISCORN BIG 27

Appropriate Disposal of Waste

The Group positions the Industrial Waste Manual as an important set of regulations for the Group. Domestic group companies outsource disposal of industrial waste to disposal contractors in accordance with this manual. When outsourcing this disposal work, agreements with industrial waste disposal contractors are always based on the format stipulated by the NISSIN FOODS Group. We also check and assess contractors’ sites using our own contractor checklist.
Details stated in agreements are checked by the Legal Division or Environmental Promotion Division of NISSIN FOODS HOLDINGS before being signed by manufacturing plants. In addition, waste manifests, waste quantities, and other data are regularly forwarded to the Environmental Promotion Division for double-checking.

Waste materials of products are in principle collected by packer trucks. If not, they are collected using standard trucks with members of our staff present at all stages from collection and transportation through to arrival at disposal sites. The photographs showing the material being incinerated or crushed must be retained for five years, together with the manifests.

Reducing Water Usage

Manufacturing plants of the NISSIN FOODS Group are working to reduce the use of water necessary for manufacturing processes and to reuse water for cooling in manufacturing processes for washing equipment or other purposes.
In addition, the Kansai Plant of NISSIN FOOD PRODUCTS is reducing its water use by introducing AI into water treatment processes. Conventionally, the operator determined the number times and hours of washing the water treatment equipment (filtering machine), and washed them by hand. By using AI to determine frequency and time, and by using automated washing, it is possible to minimize the amount of water used for equipment washing.
Our goal for water usage is 12.3m3 per JPY 1 million in sales (IFRS standard) by FY2031 (11.3m3 in FY2021).

Water-Saving Initiatives at Manufacturing Plants in FY2021

Annual reduction of water usage (tons)

NISSIN FOOD PRODUCTS Kanto Plant Installed timers for net cleaning of steaming machines
Adopted automatic control of high-pressure warm water cleaning pipes
Reduced number of backwashes for water treatment equipment
NISSIN FOODS DO BRASIL Ibiuna Plant Used recycled water during frost removal of freeze-dry machines and installed water-saving taps 19,944
NISSIN FOODS DO BRASIL Gloria do Goita Plant Used high-pressure cleaning system and replaced boiler valves 15,408
BONCHI Yamagata Plant Saved water used by steam and kneading machines 9,096
Nissin Foods India Jigani Plant Prevented water leaks and monitored water meters 7,600
Nissin Foods India Khordha Factory Reused treated wastewater for watering green areas 6,240
Nissin Foods India Rewari Factory Prevented water leaks and reused treated wastewater for watering green areas 4,956
BONCHI Kobe Plant Changed from machines for washing rice to those using rinse-free rice 4,248
NISSIN FOOD PRODUCTS Kansai Plant Reduced amount of filter membrane backwash water through use of AI 4,026
NISSIN FOOD PRODUCTS Shizuoka Plant Reduced steam by modifying steam system
Reduced chiller water by modifying cooling tank process
Revised cleaning method
FUJIAN NISSIN FOODS Recovered waste heat from boilers and installed taps with automatic sensors 3,000
HIGASHINIHON MYOJO Saitama Plant Reduced cooling water by installing heat exchanger for boiler wastewater 2,410
NISSIN FOODS (U.S.A) Lancaster Plant Replaced boilers and improved operations 1,600
TAKAMATSU NISSIN FOOD PRODUCTS Reduced drainage amount of storage tank and changed thawing method of 18-liter drum from warm water to heater 1,135
GUANGDONG SHUNDE NISSIN FOODS Adopted automatic control and reuse of odor-removal water 900
WINNER FOOD PRODUCTS Wintai Plant Reused post-production cooling water in wastewater treatment facilities 833
NISSIN FOODS DE MEXICO Lerma Plant Installed water-saving toilets 786
DONGGUAN NISSIN PACKAGING Reused wastewater and conducted environmental education for employees 625
NISSIN PLASTICS Kanto Plant Adopted automatic control for replenishment of cooling tower circulation water 227
NISSIN FOODS Kft. Recovered waste heat from boilers 200
AJINIHON Recovered waste heat from boilers and optimized water heaters 130

Water consumption

Environmental Pollution Prevention

Each NISSIN FOODS Group plant has set voluntary standards more rigorous than those stipulated in regulations and ordinances for sulfur oxides (SOx) and nitrogen oxides (NOx), causes of air pollution, and for biochemical oxygen demand (BOD) and chemical oxygen demand, indicators of water pollution, and each plant monitors the values of these indicators. Also, we have formulated an emergency response procedures manual to prepare against damage to plant facilities and outflow of environmental pollutants into the surrounding area and periodically conduct drills that envision emergency situations. There were no major pollution-related accidents or lawsuits in fiscal 2021.