FUJIFILM Holdings

CSR activity report│Environment

Measures for “Environment” for products in each business field

(FUJIFILM’s Activities)

[Photo]Biomass product certificate that allows the use of the biomass mark(upper) and an example of the use of the mark on a product label (biomass mark and the registration number written under the product name)

Biomass product certificate that allows the use of the biomass mark(upper) and an example of the use of the mark on a product label (biomass mark and the registration number written under the product name)

Use of carbon-neutral biomass raw materials

We use natural cellulose as a material for TAC, which serves as a base material for, such as FUJIFILM’ LCD panel films. (Cellulose accounts for about 50% of the material in TAC.)

At present, it is particularly important to reduce global carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions as a climate change mitigation measure. Trees are approved as carbon-neutral materials because they grow by absorbing CO2, and the amount of CO2 emitted when they are discarded and incinerated can be offset by the amount previously absorbed by them. 

To highlight the fact that its LCD panel films contribute to the mitigation of climate change measures, FUJIFILM has acquired biomass product certification for five of its product items including TAC film, WV film, CV film etc from the Japan Organics Recycling Association since 2006.

Polarizing plate and LCD panel manufacturers, who are our customers, are also committed to reducing the environmental impact of their products through green purchasing and by other means, and in response, FUJIFILM delivers its products with the biomass product certification mark on the product labels.

Measures in Graphic business field

This is a closed-loop recycling system*1 in which we collect Fujifilm CTP/PS plates used by printing companies, news companies, etc. and reproduce these plates with the same quality by recycling aluminum (the major raw material of these plates). Through collaboration with printing companies, news companies, aluminum recycling companies, alloy/rolling manufacturers, and so on, we will strive to promote this recycling system and substantially reduce our environmental impact.

  • *1 A recycling system to reproduce the same products without quality degradation. This enables us to minimize resource scrapping.
A Mechanism of “PLATE to PLATE”

FFGS GRAPHIC SUPPLY Co., Ltd., our group company serving as a contact point of this recycling system, collects used Fujifilm CTP/PS plates through aluminum recycling companies*2 from their customers such as printing companies and newspaper companies. Our partner alloy manufacturers recycle these used CTP/PS plates into recycled ingots, and then, rolling manufacturers process recycled ingots into aluminum coils for the production of CTP/PS plates with high purity. Finally, the Fujifilm Yoshida-Minami Factory produces high-quality CTP/PS plates using these aluminum coils as raw materials. 

  • *2 It is necessary to separate Fujifilm CTP/PS plates from other companies’ CTP/PS plates which may have a different metal/trace metal composition.

Fujifilm’s significant contribution to the promotion of efficient resource usage by establishing a closed-loop recycling system for used offset printing materials.

Environmental Impact

CTP/PS plates for offset printing require high purity aluminum to maintain good printing properties such as plate life, water retentivity, and resistance to dirt. Therefore, we used to use primary aluminum metal. However, additional bauxite ore (the primary source of aluminum) is required to produce primary aluminum metal, which consumes a large amount of energy and causes a considerable environmental burden. 
We believe that the use of recycled aluminum in the production process can achieve at least 63% less CO2 emission*3 to be generated in all processes from aluminum production to CTP/PS plate production compared with the production process using primary aluminum.

  • *3 This is obtained from the comparison of CO2 emissions between two methods of CTP/PS plate production, one using primary aluminum and the other using recycled aluminum from used CTP/PS plates. This indicates the effect of cutting CO2 emissions to be generated in all processes from bauxite refining (the raw material of aluminum) to CTP/PS plate production.
Instruction

(1)Eligible Products for Recycling
Fujifilm CTP/PS plates (used plates)
Currently, it is necessary to separate Fujifilm CTP/PS plates from other companies’ CTP/PS plates which may have a different metal/trace metal composition, because the mixture of different metals may prevent the recycling of Fujifilm CTP/PS plates with the same quality. We appreciate your co-operation in this matter.
(2)Use of the “PLATE to PLATE” Mark
How to use the “PLATE to PLATE” (hereinafter, “P-to-P”) mark
(excerpt from the Label Usage Rules)

  1. Eligibility to use the “P-to-P” mark
    Participant of the P-to-P Recycling System The term “Participant” means a company that has submitted the Mark Use Application to the Environmental Labeling Management Office and whose use of the P-to-P Recycling System for the production of CTP/PS plates has been confirmed in its printing process.

  2. Requirements for the “P-to-P” mark usage

    1. Traceability
      The supply chain (e.g., purchasers and distributors) of used CTP/PS plates should be traceable with a P-to-P Recycling System Management Sheet and the return of used CTP/PS plates to the manufacturer (Fujifilm) should be confirmed.
    2. Segregated management
      The absence of foreign matter inclusion during the relevant process should be confirmed. (The term “foreign matter” means non-Fujifilm CTP/PS plates such as other companies’ CTP/PS plates and other aluminum products)
    3. Application procedures to use the “P-to-P” mark and the registration number
      The Environmental Labeling Management Office gives approval to a company that is participating in the P-to-P Recycling System for the use of the mark and issues its mark registration number.
“PLATE to PLATE” Environmental Labeling Management Office

FFGS GRAPHIC SUPPLY Co., Ltd.
2-22-3, Oji Kita-ku, Tokyo, Japan
TEL:+81-3-5902-5801
E-mail:rgg-123-ffgsg-ptop@fujifilm.com