Reducing Environmental Impacts at Manufacturing Plants

Reducing CO2 Emissions

The NISSIN FOODS Group has set a Medium-Term Environmental Target to reduce greenhouse gas (CO2) emission from business operations 30%* by FY2021, as compared with FY2006 (Refer to Environmental Management Regulations System for details on progress).

In addition, EARTH FOOD CHALLENGE 2030, our environmental strategy, targets a 30% reduction in total Scope 1 and 2 emissions in Japan and overseas compared to FY2019. This strategy also targets a reduction in Scope 3 emissions, those emissions along the supply chain, of 15%. 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.

  • *Reduction target per unit of output at business sites in Japan subject to reporting

Environmental Management System

Use of reusable energy

In order to reduce CO2 emissions, the Group is implementing various measures, including introducing energy-saving facilities, such as LED lighting and lighting with motion sensors, installing heat pump facilities, and reusing heat energy. In addition, solar panels have been installed and biomass boilers are being used at some plants. Solar panels installed at the NISSIN FOODS Group R&D center “the WAVE” and our Shiga Plant, generated 97,241kWh of electricity in FY2020. In October 2019, solar panels were installed in the roof of the Yongnan (Winner) Plant of Nissin Foods (H.K.) using the Hong Kong FiT system. Since its operation, 37,417kWh of electricity has been generated in around six months.
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. In addition, from FY2021, the Group plans to implement energy-saving diagnostics conducted by experts, mainly at its domestic manufacturing plants.

Energy-Saving Initiatives at Manufacturing Plants in FY2020

Annual Amount of CO2 Reduction Effect (tons)

Replacement and Streamlining of Facilities
NISSIN FOODS (U.S.A.) Lancaster Plant Replaced with high-efficiency boiler 1,000
NISSIN FOODS DE MEXICO Lerma Plant Introduced a high-efficiency boiler 419
NISSIN FOOD PRODUCTS Kanto Plant Replaced boiler and controlled the number of boiler units 326
ZHUHAI GOLDEN COAST WINNER FOOD PRODUCTS Replaced and repaired air pipes 116
NISSIN FOOD PRODUCTS Shimonoseki Plant Replaced boiler 34
BONCHI Tokyo Plant Reduced volume of steam used by replacing steam pipes and steam traps 24
ZHUHAI GOLDEN COAST WINNER FOOD PRODUCTS Reduced volume of steam used by repairing facilities 16
BONCHI Kobe Plant Switched to LEDs for outside lighting and replaced refrigerator/freezer 10
NISHINIHON MYOJO Switched to LED lighting 22
NISSIN FOOD PRODUCTS Shimonoseki Plant 3
NISSIN PLASTICS Kanto Plant Two UV ink curing devices replaced with energy-saving models 3
WINNER FOOD PRODUCTS Wintai Plant Installed outside lighting with solar power generator 1
Fuel Conversion
NISSIN FOODS DO BRASIL Ibiuna Plant Switched from a heavy oil boiler to a natural gas boiler 4,245
BONCHI Central Industrial Park No.2 plant Switched from heavy oil boiler to biomass boiler for hot water used in the washing process 9
Operations Improved
NISSIN FOODS INDIA Jigani Plant Reduced use of heavy oil boiler by reinforcing maintenance of the biomass boiler 30
NISSIN FOOD PRODUCTS Kansai Plant Reduced volume of steam used by controlling the number of boiler units 25
Purchased electricity
NISSIN F.D. FOODS Switched to electric power company with a low CO2 emissions coefficient 1,389

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 moving away from the use of alternative fluorocarbons (HCFC refrigerants such as R-22) in order to completely eliminate their use by 2020.

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 and Packaging Materials

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).

NISSIN FROZEN FOODS, which manufactures and sells a proprietary brand, has nearly completely phased out the use of plastic trays. For pasta and yakisoba products, it is adopting technology that enables liquid sauce to be directly placed on top of the noodles and rapidly frozen. Accordingly, liquid sauce packages are being completely eliminated, reducing the amount of packaging material used.

We have also made the cardboard used in packaging materials smaller, thereby reducing the amount of materials used, and are increasing the number of products per shipping case by packing them in an alternating top-up, top-down configuration.

Example of reducing the quantity of container and packaging used in FY2020

Annual Amount of Material Reduction Effect (tons)

NISSIN FOOD PRODUCTS Revised hot melt used for cardboard 10
NISSIN CISCO Reviewed packaging design for Ciscorn BIG 9
Reviewed packaging design for GOROTTO GRANOLA 13
BONCHI Reviewed packaging design in line with renewal of Kaisen Agesen series 7
NISSIN FOOD PRODUCTS Reviewed cardboard materials used in some products 428
MYOJO FOODS Reviewed cardboard materials used in Omori Cup Yakisoba and Cup Soup 52
NISSIN CISCO Used the opposite method for the packaging of Choco Flakes 123
BONCHI Reviewed cardboard size in line with renewal of Kaisen Agesen series 30

Effective Use of Resources through Recycling

At the Tokyo Plant of NISSIN CISCO, the waste vegetable oil which has been incinerated thus far is being recycled into other products, including industrial-use products and soap. Owing to this, the plant is able to effectively use the roughly 3 tons of waste vegetable oil annually. That said, NISSIN FOOD PRODUCTS and MYOJO FOODS are sharing raw ingredients inventory information. By transferring raw materials between the companies, they strive to avoid wasting materials when certain products are discontinued.

Recycling of Containers and Packaging

In Japan, companies that use packaging materials are obligated to recycle packaging materials under the Containers and Packaging Recycling Act. 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 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.

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. In addition, agreements, 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 (11.6m3 in FY2020).

Water-Saving Initiatives at Manufacturing Plants in FY2020

Annual reduction of water usage (tons)

NISSIN FOODS DO BRASIL Ibiuna Plant Raised employee awareness and conserving water usage through visualization of the amount of water usage 15,120
NISSIN FOODS DO BRASIL Gloria do Goita Plant Using treated wastewater for watering green areas around the plant 14,400
SHIKOKU NISSIN FOOD PRODUCTS Alerting employees about water conservation 11,389
NISSIN FOODS (U.S.A) Lancaster Plant Replaced with high-efficiency boiler and changed water treatment chemicals 8,700
BONCHI Yamagata Plant Switched to air transport, from water transport, for transporting rice to the immersion tank 7,680
NISSIN FOODS (U.S.A) Gardena plant Reduced the blow ratio for boilers (reduced the water emitted from a boiler) 7,325
BONCHI Kobe Plant Reduced the circulating cooling water for fryers 1,860
NISSIN F.D. FOODS Conserved water usage by attaching a stopper valve to hoses used at plants 1,720
NISSIN FOOD PRODUCTS Kansai Plant Reduced washing water by using AI for operating water treatment device (filter) 1,000
DONGGUAN NISSIN PACKAGING Reused treated wastewater 750
AJINIHON Reduced loss by recycling chiller water and using a high-pressure washer 500
WINNER FOOD PRODUCTS Wintai Plant Reused production plant coolant water 417
TAKAMATSU NISSIN FOOD PRODUCTS Reduced wastewater treatment supply owing to long-term suspension of operations 240
NISSIN PLASTICS Kanto Plant Digitalized compressor’s cooling tower water supply device 181
NISSIN FOODS Kft. Introduced high-pressure washer 85
BONCHI Tokyo Plant Conserved water by renewing steam pipes and steam traps 79
NISSIN FOODS Kft. Introduced closed steam recovery device to use steam as boiler feedwater 25
GUANGDONG SHUNDE NISSIN FOODS Started reusing water used in the deodorizer and oil smoke purification device 20

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 2020.