Snack Giant Goes Green

Leading to the company emitting zero greenhouse gases through its electricity consumption, Japanese snack giant Calbee is revamping its energy policy at its Kagamihara factory.

The manufacturer has chosen to purchase electricity directly from Chubu Electric Power, which comes from renewable hydro and solar sources, instead of using the government’s J-credit system to offset its greenhouse gas emissions.

The Kagamihara factory mainly produces crisps, kataage potato, Jagarico and Jagabee.

According to Satoshi Yoshida, head of the public relations department at Calbee, this means that the Kagamihara plant will not emit any greenhouse gases from its electricity consumption from now on. This is part of Calbee’s medium-term management plan, which was formulated in 2019, with the goal of reducing total greenhouse gas emissions by 30 percent by 2030.

In Japan, the government has pledged to reduce the country’s greenhouse gas emissions by 46% from 2013 to 2030.

As part of its mission to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, Calbee also changed the size of its packaging last year. For some of its products, the packaging width has been shortened from 200mm to 180mm and the length has been reduced from 230mm to 260mm.

According to the company, this decision reduces the use of corrugated cardboard used for transporting the product and improves the efficiency of loading during transport.