Energy Cost Reduction Project
Reducing CO2 emissions from factories and offices through Group cooperation
It is an important continuing challenge in business management to reduce energy costs. Needless to say, a key measure is to reduce energy consumption through energy conservation, which directly decreases CO2 emissions.
Aiming to half the projected increase in energy costs (less energy consumption per unit of output)
Based on its forecast of expanded production and rising energy costs for the period until 2012, the Fujifilm Group is expecting an increase in energy costs by 1.5 times (relative to the 2009 level). The overall goal of the project for energy cost reduction, which started in July 2010, is to curb the energy cost increase to a half of that expected. Accomplishing this significant cost reduction will lead to reductions in CO2 emissions and is an important factor in strongly promoting the achievement of the Group's long-term target of a 30% reduction in CO2 emissions throughout the life cycle of its products by 2020 (relative to the 2005 level).
Note: The article on this page is taken from Sustainability Report 2011.
System in place for promoting the energy cost reduction project
Executing effective measures “horizontally” using all the resources available in domestic and overseas organizations
Senior Operations Manager
CSR Group, Corporate General Administration Division
Ecology and Quality Management Division
Fujifilm Group companies have promoted activities for reducing CO2 emissions as anti-global-warming measures. The project for energy cost reduction, which started in July 2010, administers various measures for the domestic and overseas Group companies as a whole, in cooperation with the existing committee for promoting anti-global-warming measures and with energy-saving activities at different sites.
With executives in charge of Technology Management Division or CSR in FUJIFILM Holdings as the project owners and the director of the CSR department as the project leader, the project engages in activities to reduce energy consumption and energy-related procurement costs.
The activities for reducing energy consumption are divided into production-related and office-work-related activities. In the production-related activities, the operator companiesFujifilm and Fuji Xeroxset their targets and work to reduce energy consumption. In the office-work-related activities, FUJIFILM Holdings sets the targets, and accordingly Fujifilm and Fuji Xerox collaborate together to reduce energy consumption.
As for the activities to reduce energy costs in procurement, the procurement group of FUJIFILM Holdings leads the efforts and cooperates with the groups in charge of materials in the operator companies.
The role of a leading company in future society
Mr. Takejiro Sueyoshi
United Nations Environment Program
Finance Initiative in the Asia Pacific Region
As global warming steadily continues, time is limited for solving the problem. Therefore, the key to solving it hinges on the speed at which we can change society. The first capability required of a leading company is the ability to send clear, socially influential messages and to show its commitment to them.
The second capability required is the ability to execute and realize such commitment through its operational activities. Mobilizing all of its Group companies, the Fujifilm Group has already engaged in various activities and has produced results. With environmental issues positioned close to the core of business activities, a new model of the worldone in which the environment, the economy, and society are tightly connectedcan be built. The Fujifilm Group is an industry leader that competes with other international companies on the world stage, and people will pay attention to whether it can maintain its commitment to contributing to the world.
Fujifilm's domestic production-related activities
Taking advantage of the energy-saving technologies unique to Fujifilm
Our six main domestic factories are responsible for close to 60% of the CO2 emissions of the entire Group and since the early days have promoted activities for energy conservation with the goals to reduce the following by 2012 (relative to the 1990 level):
- energy consumption per unit of output by 30% and
- CO2 emissions per unit of output by 40%.
Each factory has accumulated energy-saving technologies over a long period of time, and we aim to mobilize these technologies and achieve these goals.
At the new production line for a material used in flat panel displays which was constructed at the Ashigara site of the Kanagawa factory in April 2011, energy consumption per unit of area is halved due to energy-saving measures such as an increase in the width of the film produced, increased speed of the production line, and rigorous recycling of the steam generated in the production process.
We aim to reduce our energy consumption further by “horizontally” executing similar energy-saving measures at the production line for a material used in flat panel displays that is planned to start operating in December 2012, and at Production Line 8, Factory 4 of Fujifilm Kyushu.
Another energy-saving measure is cogeneration at the electricity generating stations of our six main domestic factories. A cogeneration system is a system supplying both electricity and heat, in which heat resulting from electricity generation is captured in the form of steam or hot water. The system has been in operation since the 1960s. Starting in 2003, we have made a gradual shift in the fuel used in the system from heavy fuel oil to natural gas, thereby also reducing CO2 emissions.
“Horizontal” execution of effective energy-saving measures
With regard to domestic office-work-related energy-saving measures, a joint team from Fujifilm and Fuji Xerox has reduced the lighting and heating costs at research facilities and office buildings as well as the amount of fuel used for company cars.
To reduce lighting and heating costs, energy-saving measures have been examined mainly for air conditioning and lighting (a large part of energy consumption in the office buildings). These are implemented as part of the environmental rules that apply to all offices in the Group.
As for the air conditioning system, it has been confirmed that the temperature does not rapidly fall with the system's heaters turned off in the winter in the Roppongi headquarters building, which has a high-performance insulation system. A large amount of energy is therefore saved by turning off the air conditioners outside of business hours, and the same measure is horizontally executed in other buildings with a high-performance insulation system.
Lighting methods were also reexamined and a task-ambient lighting system with LED task lights was adopted. Starting with the Roppongi headquarters building, the system was installed in the office buildings, which led to a more than 10% reduction in electricity use.
With regard to company cars, a program for safe, environmentally friendly driving is promoted to improve fuel efficiency and reduce the number of cars. The program is being implemented in cooperation with a cross-company team of vehicle managers from different Group companies, and efforts are being made to reduce the amount of fuel used in the entire Group.
Note: The article on this page is taken from Sustainability Report 2011.