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[Priority Issue 2] Promote Resource Recycling

 

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Note: The article on this page is taken from Sustainability Report 2017.

Basic Approach

[Image] Water source in FUJIFILM Ashigara Factory

Water source in FUJIFILM Ashigara Factory

The Fujifilm Group has always been aware of the importance of effective use of natural resources, as the main raw material for photographic film, the main product at the time of our establishment, is the precious natural resource, silver, and to which lots of clean water and fresh air are essential in manufacturing. Since our establishment, we actively continue with our efforts to reduce the amount of virgin resources, such as by reducing water usage, recycling and reusing water, recovering and reusing silver, and establishing a resource recycling system for multifunction devices and copiers, etc. We are conducting efforts to use resources effectively and reduce waste through measures which take into account the total lifecycle of a product, by considering the 3Rs (reduce, reuse, recycle) in the product design, reducing loss at the manufacturing stage, collecting, reusing and recycling used products, and recycling or converting into valuables.

Environmental Aspects

Target

  • (1) Reduce volume of waste generated by 8% compared to FY2012 by FY2016
  • (2) Reduce material input per unit by 10% compared to FY2012 by FY2020 (Create an input control system by FY2016, such as setting indices per unit and verifying the efficacy)
  • (3) Maintain water usage per sales (water input per unit) at FY2012 levels

< Topics1 > Ground Water Conservation Activities
FUJIFILM Kyushu becomes the first Grand Prix winner of the Kumamoto Ground Water Conservation Awards

FUJIFILM Kyushu (FFQ) became the first winner of the Grand Prix of the Kumamoto Ground Water Conservation Awards organized by Kumamoto Ground Water Foundation. Kumamoto City is one of the very few local governments around the world that draws its water supplies from ground water, notwithstanding the size of its population of roughly one million. In order to preserve this valuable resource for future generations, the city is actively engaged in ground water conservation in cooperation with local companies and organizations.

As part of its ground water conservation activities, FFQ is constantly involved in planting trees in five hectares of grassland in Minami-Aso Village, water conservation in paddies, rainwater management, etc. The award was granted for these activities, as well as the community contribution activities as environmental dialogue meetings, factory tours and so on. As a company focusing on coexistence with nature and local communities, FFQ will continue various activities to protect Kumamoto's ground water resources.

[Photo]Rainwater management through three reservoirs, aimed at allowing rainwater to penetrate into the soil, and ground water recycling in factories.

Rainwater management through three reservoirs, aimed at allowing rainwater to penetrate into the soil, and ground water recycling in factories.

[Photo]Helping water to penetrate into the soil by renting unused rice paddies during winter and covering them with water..

Helping water to penetrate into the soil by renting unused rice paddies during winter and covering them with water.

< Topics2 > Wastewater Recycling System
Helping alleviate water shortages in California

[Photo]A wastewater recycling system installed at FDMX

A wastewater recycling system installed at FDMX

In 2016, FUJIFILM Dimatix, Inc. (FDMX), a producer of industrial inkjet printer heads, installed an AWN (*) wastewater tank and a reverse osmosis (RO) system with a capacity of 40 gallons (= 152 liters) per minute. The AWN tank is used to store and clean the wastewater that was previously discharged to a sanitary sewer, and the RO system is designed to remove a variety of impurities from the water. Since the beginning of the system's operation in February 2016, approximately 80% (28,800 to 32,800 gallons = 109.4 to 124.6 tons) of wastewater were recycled and usage of new water was reduced by 30,000 gallons (= 114 tons) per day. The total amount of water recycled by June 2017 reached 13 million gallons (= 494,000 tons). FDMX is also currently working to upgrade the AWN collection tank, and when the new tank is completed in December 2017, FDMX expects to achieve zero gallon discharge to the sanitary sewer and decrease our city water usage even further.

The state of California has been putting strict water rationing in place due to the record-breaking drought that has been recurring in consecutive years and FDMX's wastewater recycling system will surely contribute to help the situation within the state.

* AWN: Acid Waste Neutralization.

Note: The article on this page is taken from Sustainability Report 2017.

Related Information

The Fujifilm Group examines CSR issues from both corporate and stakeholders' viewpoints and moves forward with its CSR activities by setting priority CSR targets and implementing specific measures.



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