Suntory to use green hydrogen to power its distilleries

Kaycee Enerva

Kaycee Enerva

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Japanese beverage company, Suntory, has signed an agreement with Yamanashi Prefecture to decarbonise its Hakushu Distillery and Minami Alps Hakusui Water Plant with a P2G (Power-to-Gas) system that can produce green hydrogen as an alternative source of energy.

The company says its Yamanashi Model P2G System creates green hydrogen by electrolysing water using renewable electricity such as solar energy that does not emit any greenhouse gas (GHG) in its production process or when used as fuel.

Aside from being used as fuel for the company’s facilities, the collaboration also plans to share the use of the green hydrogen with neighbouring communities as a power supply.

“We are thrilled to collaborate with Yamanashi Prefecture to contribute to a carbon-neutral society by becoming home to one of the world’s leading green hydrogen powerhouses,” said Makiko Ono, chief sustainability officer at Suntory. 

“In line with the Suntory Group’s mission to create harmony with people and nature, we look forward to contributing to the development of hydrogen technology as a whole and decarbonising our business and the surrounding communities.”

Suntory offers a diverse range of products, from premium spirits, beer, wine, teas, bottled water, carbonated beverages, coffee, and energy drinks. It is also home to known whisky brands such as Yamasaki, Hibiki, and Hakushu, as well as American spirits Jim Beam and Maker’s Mark.

The company says it aims to achieve net-zero GHG emissions across its entire value chain by 2050.

Kaycee Enerva

Kaycee Enerva

A digital content manager based in the Philippines, Kaycee Enerva has written for multiple publications over several years. A graduate of Computer Science, she exchanged a career in IT to pursue her passion for writing. She's slowly practicing sustainability through period cups, and eating more plant-based food.