[Priority issue 1]Promote Global Warming Countermeasures
Note: The article on this page is taken from Sustainability Report 2016.
Sites using the Fujifilm Group’s wheeling of electric power with in-house co-generation system (As of March 2016)
The Fujifilm Group has been promoting activities to reduce CO2 emissions by setting management indicators for CO2 emissions across the entire product and service lifecycle (from material ”procurement,” product “manufacturing,” “transportation,” “use” and “disposal”), not only within our Group. We set the target of “reducing CO2 emissions for the entire lifecycle of products by 30% by FY2020 (relative to FY2005)” in April 2010, and we are continuing to actively reduce CO2 emissions in our Group as a whole. Since FY2012, we also calculate CO2 emissions based on the Scope 3 Greenhouse Gas Protocol (“Scope 3”),* and report related information as required. We also carry out development of environmentally conscious products based on “Rule for Design for Environment (DfE),” with which we review the degree of achievement in product performance to the target set in the design stage. These efforts should contribute to the further reduction of CO2 emissions.
*Scope 3: Refers to one of the scopes that are targets for calculation and reporting on greenhouse gas emissions by companies. Scope 3 refers to indirect emissions, such as material procurement, manufacturing, transportation, use, disposal, as well as employees’ commuting and business travel. Scope 3 calculation is based on the General Guidelines on Supply Chain GHG Emission Accounting released jointly by METI and MOE.
- Reduce CO2 emissions from the entire product lifecycle by 30% compared to FY2005 by FY2020
Domestic and International Appraisals
Winning awards for environmental impact reduction and disclosure of
climate change information
Ceremony for the 12th Awards of “LCA Society of Japan”
Fujifilm has won the Incentive Award under the 12th Awards of “LCA Society of Japan.”*1 The prize was given in recognition for our LCA (Life Cycle Assessment) activities (establishing an internal system for LCA promotion, Employee training, Integration to “Design for Environment,” and CO2 emissions reduction across the product life cycle, etc.) and its resulting on environmental impact reduction, which we have been working on since 2003.
FUJIFILM Holdings was also listed for the first time in the Climate Disclosure Leadership Index (CDLI) by CDP.*2 CDP offers a climate change program to request corporations to promote climate changerelated information every year. FUJIFILM Holdings acquired a full scale (100 points) in their disclosure scoring. We continue to reduce environmental impact across our group companies and proactively disclose environmental information to stakeholders.
*1 An award scheme established in 2004 to honor the excellent activities of LCA to lead to reduce environmental impact reduction across the product life cycle.
*2 A nonprofit organization to gather and assess corporate environmental information on behalf of institutional investors. Their programs cover climate change, water, and forests.
Activities to Reduce Environmental Impact in Europe and U.S.A.
Low-carbon energy utilization and water usage reduction
●B uilding the first large-scale joint wastewater treatment plant in the Netherlands
Together with Water Board De Dommel, FUJIFILM Manufacturing Europe B.V. (EF), and three other companies in the Netherlands are constructing a large-scale joint wastewater treatment plant in the premises of EF. The ground-breaking ceremony was held in November 2015. The companies are combining their wastewater flows within the plant to minimize the environmental impact from their businesses, while at the same time reducing wastewater treatment costs. Benefits of the plant include not only being able to release treated water as clean water, but also generating biogas from the wastewater sludge. The plant is expected to start operations in summer 2016.
● Commencing production solely by wind power (Netherlands)
The 100 gigawatt hours of electricity required for all plant operations is equivalent to the energy used by 30,000 households.
On January 13, 2016, FUJIFILM Manufacturing Europe B.V. (EF) concluded a contract with Eneco, a Dutch energy company, to commence production using only wind power. Since 2011, Eneco has been directly supplying 20% of EF’s electricity needs from five wind turbines on Eneco’s site. The new contract is for additional electricity required from Eneco’s wind farm in Tholen to power EF’s entire production requirement, enabling Fujifilm to achieve complete carbon neutrality.
● Redesigning the company garden reduces water usage as an adaptation measure (U.S.A.)
Plants in the 23,183-square foot garden were replaced with drought-tolerant plants and ground cover that require minimum watering.
California has been suffering from drought for the last five years,and mandatory water restriction and water rationing by the State of California have been introduced. Taking the initiative in water usage reduction, FUJIFILM North American Corporation(FNAC) has collaborated with the owner of the facility, Cypress Land Company, to replace greenery and plants that require significant amounts of water with drought-tolerant plants, and change watering systems to drip irrigation to minimize water consumption. These measures reduced water usage in FY2015 to some 60% of that in FY2014.
●Solar power generation realized 39.62 tons CO2 emissions reduction (U.K.)
These solar panels use FUJIFILM backsheets for solar cell.
FUJIFILM Speciality Ink Systems Ltd. (FSIS) has installed 800 solar panels measuring 1,320 m2 at its premises to generate power for its own use. The solar power generation system started full-scale operations on February 1, 2016, and 39.62 tons worth of carbon had been offset by the end of March.
Third-Party Opinion on “Promote Global Warming Countermeasures”
Praise for dramatic reduction in CO2 emissions over the entire product lifecycle
Special Advisor UNEP Finance Initiative
Mr. Takejiro Sueyoshi
In addition to being involved in UNEP FI, Mr. Sueyoshi has served in various positions, such as committee member on various types of councils on the Central Environment Council, advisor to Kawasaki City and Kagoshima City, part-time lecturer at the University of Tokyo Graduate School. He also works as an external member of the board to companies and engages in efforts to raise awareness on environmental issues and the social responsibility of companies on TV, in newspapers, published works, and lectures.
The most noteworthy result for FY2015 was the dramatic reduction in CO2 emissions. This was achieved not only one year earlier than the target in the medium-term plan, despite the increase in the production output, but it also covers the entire product lifecycle. The Fujifilm Group deserves praise for its determination to implement the product lifecycle approach while the CO2 reduction efforts by other companies remain fragmentary or partial, defined in the narrow sense. I am strongly impressed by the results of diligence and drive organized through consolidated action by the management and employees.
In the Paris Agreement at COP21 held late last year, the global target was set to zero emissions. Around the world, many leading companies are already competing head-to-head to achieve zero emissions. In view of this development, I would like to see Fujifilm Group define a more ambitious long-term target beyond its FY2020 goal of a 30% reduction. A higher target will attract great attention and will stimulate greater motivation. This is all the more important because realization of carbon neutral has become a vital factor in winning against the competition in the 21st century.
I look forward to further action from the Fujifilm Group.
Response to the third-party opinion
We sincerely appreciate your highly evaluation for our activities in FY2015 for the Fujifilm Group’s target of achieving a 30% reduction in CO2 emissions in FY2020 over the 2005 level through the entire product lifecycle, as well as our success in achieving our medium-term target one year early.
We will continue to do our utmost to reduce CO2 emissions in the business processes, as well as at our customers through our products and services, by setting a more ambitious longer-term target beyond 2020, focusing the goal of achieving the zero emissions of the Paris Agreement.
(CSR Group, Corporate Planning Division, FUJIFILM Holdings)
Note: The article on this page is taken from Sustainability Report 2016.