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Greener brew: Beer cans to lighten up as Japan cuts CO2

Sapporo and Suntory share designs for aluminum-saving lids

A Sapporo brewery outside Tokyo has been using lighter lids to reduce the weight of its cans.

TOKYO -- Two of Japan's biggest names in beer, Sapporo and Suntory, are working together to make cans that use less aluminum and result in lower carbon dioxide emissions, Nikkei has learned.

Sapporo Holdings plans to use Japan's lightest beer cans by 2022, and it has shared a design for thinner lids with rival Suntory Holdings. Sapporo expects the lighter cans to cut its aluminum usage by up to 3%.

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