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CSR Activities in Europe (Sustainability Report 2010)

 

Note: The article on this page is taken from Sustainability Report 2010.

Organizational restructuring in Europe and the reinforcement of compliance for products and chemical substances (FUJIFILM Europe GmbH, Germany)

[Photo]Johann Zauner, Head of Environment & Compliance Corporate Division

Johann Zauner
Head of Environment & Compliance
Corporate Division

Today environmental regulations on one hand enhance economic performance and innovations but on the other hand regulations generating cost.

Non-Compliance generates substantial risk, including inability to sell in global markets, unmet customer mandates, blocked shipments and the associated revenue loss, means finally Environmental- and Quality-Compliance Strategies are essential to support profit growth.

In today’s consumer marketplace being “green and ethical” are no longer options but a necessity. New legislation, voluntary standards and customer expectations are making us as a company more and more accountable for the impact of our products on the environment and society. Consumer demand for “eco-friendly” (better less eco-impacting) and ethically made products continues to grow.
Therefore FUJIFILM Europe GmbH works hard on product compliance and chemical compliance.

Product Compliance

  • CE Marking and ISO standards
  • RoHS (the restriction of hazardous substances in electric and electronic equipment)
  • WEEE (Waste of Electric and Electronic equipment)
  • Packaging regulation (European Packaging Ordinance)
  • Battery regulation
  • REACH (Article 33 related to substances in articles)
  • PS (Product Safety) and PL (Product Liability)
  • EuP

Chemical Compliance

  • Classification, labeling and packaging (CLP) and GHS (Material Safety Data Sheets)
  • REACH (Registration, Evaluation and Authorization of Chemicals)
  • CLP (Registration)
  • Restriction of Chemical Substances (REACH)
  • Safety handling of chemical products
  • Transport of dangerous goods

Reducing energy consumption (FUJIFILM Sericol UK Limited, England)

[Photo]Colin Boughton (left) and Elaine Campling (right)

Colin Boughton (left) and
Elaine Campling (right)

FUJIFILM Sericol UK Limited (name changed to FUJIFILM Speciality Ink Systems Limited on July 1st) is following a commitment to reduce energy consumption in its Manufacturing Site in Broadstairs UK and also in the office environments of administration buildings.

A specific energy management system has been incorporated within the ISO 14001 guidelines and a Project Team was established in the year 2008. A crossfunctional Project Team has been set up from several departments, involving Engineering, Accounting, Purchasing, Quality Assurance and others.

Employees are encouraged to reduce their energy consumption, which involves to turn off equipment unless necessary to use, audits on electricity use and respective progress reports.

As a result of this, an overall reduction in energy consumption by 15% has been reached. This represents 460 tons of CO2.

Ongoing Initiatives

[Photo]Encouragement poster

Encouragement poster

  1. Gaining customer satisfaction and reliance to contribute social responsibilities
  • Lack of individual lighting control switches
  • Too many fittings
  • Too many tubes
  1. Monitoring of light levels conducted
  2. Motion sensors investigated
  3. More efficient lighting options under consideration
  4. Monitor, Review & Report
  5. Look for ways to improve
  6. Keep communication with employees

Introducing a water recycling system to substantially decrease water use and the discharge of wastewater (FUJIFILM Europe N.V., Belgium)

FUJIFLM Europe N.V. uses a lot of water to manufacture chemicals for photography and printing. In order to maintain the water quality and reduce water use, the company has installed a water recycling system to its waste liquid treatment equipment, as shown in the figure on the right.

By introducing the water recycling system, the company reduced its water consumption to about 25% of previous levels in 2009. Specifically, the annual use of industrial water was reduced from 4,000 m3 to 1,000 m3 and the use of underground water from 61,000 m3 to 21,000 m3. The recycling system installed in the factory chemically processes water used in the production system and stores the processed water in a tank so that there is a stable supply that can be reused in the production process.

Moreover, thanks to the water recycling system, the amount of wastewater discharged outside the factory has also been substantially decreased from 22,000 m3 to 10,000 m3.


Waste liquid treatment equipment and the water recycling system

[figure]Waste liquid treatment equipment and the water recycling system

Introducing returnable containers to substantially decrease the use of containers and waste (FUJIFILM Electronic Materials (Europe) N.V., Belgium)

FUJIFILM Electronic Materials (Europe) N.V., which manufactures and sells photo resists and flat panel display materials, has been fostering the use of returnable containers in the delivery of products to customers since 2002. The use rate of returnable containers, which was about 72% in 2002, increased to about 94% in 2008. In 2009, the company also began using tanks to deliver products more efficiently in large amounts. Now in terms of weight, out of those products delivered to customers in returnable containers, about one-third is delivered in tanks.

Returnable containers are not suitable for delivery to customers who buy only small amounts of products, but for customers who constantly purchase products from the company, delivery in returnable containers is useful, because it helps reduce the cost of disposing of containers and cardboard, and products can be sold at lower prices in returnable containers than in disposable ones. What is more, customized barcode management and labeling services can be provided for products delivered in returnable containers.


Use rates for returnable containers

[figure]Use rates for returnable containers

Examples of containers used for OPD, HPRD, and PPD (waterbased) developing liquids

[Photo]Examples of containers used for OPD, HPRD, and PPD (waterbased) developing liquids

Note: The article on this page is taken from Sustainability Report 2010.



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