CSR activity report│Environment

Environmental Initiatives in Each Fujifilm Group Site


FUJIFILM Diosynth Biotechnologies

Major businesses: Contract service for biotherapeutics manufacturing and sales, and drug substances manufacturing.

Utilizing production and quality control technologies gained through our photographic film business, the Fujifilm Group is expanding the CDMO*2 business of biotherapeutics to support our customers to create new drugs. The driving force of this business, FUJIFILM Diosynth Biotechnologies (FDB) meets a wide range of customer needs thanks to the advanced production technologies and state-of-the-art facility owned by the company.

The company is also keen on addressing environmental issues uniting the focus of all employees, actively working toward achieving the environmental targets of Sustainable Value Plan 2030 (SVP 2030).

  • *2 CDMO: Contract Development and Manufacturing Organization. The company offers wide-ranging services to pharmaceutical companies, from cell culture development at an early stage of therapeutic development, production process development, stability testing, development and production of investigational drugs, and production of over-the-counter drugs.

FUJIFILM Diosynth Biotechnologies Texas, LLC (Texas, U.S.A.)

[Picture]Recycle flow for used protectors

Recycle flow for used protectors

In 2019, as a part of proactive recycling efforts, FUJIFILM Diosynth Biotechnologies Texas, LLC started cleaning and recycling used protectors (disposable laboratory coats, gloves, and shoe covers), which had previously been discarded. This led to a 400-kg reduction in landfill waste.

FUJIFILM Diosynth Biotechnologies U.S.A., Inc. (North Carolina, U.S.A.)

FUJIFILM Diosynth Biotechnologies U.S.A., Inc. is currently upgrading boilers to higher efficiency models and converting its lighting equipment to LEDs. They are also considering other CO2 emissions reduction measures, including replacing their equipment in research and manufacturing building into more energy-efficient models and pursuing renewable energy credits from wind power in Texas.

FUJIFILM Diosynth Biotechnologies UK Limited (U.K.)

[Picture]Employees keen on cleaning and other environmental activities in the community

Employees keen on cleaning and other environmental activities in the community

FUJIFILM Diosynth Biotechnologies UK Limited is promoting activities to reduce the environmental impact from commuting and business trips, including encouraging bicycle commuting, introducing a carpool system using dedicated software and utilizing local public transport links.

FUJIFILM Diosynth Biotechnologies Denmark ApS (Denmark)

[Picture]Voluntary planting activities by employees

Voluntary planting activities by employees

FUJIFILM Diosynth Biotechnologies Denmark ApS is working to improve the efficiency of energy usage in the city of Hillerød, where the company is located. Together with neighboring corporations and the local authority, the company participated in building a communal steam power plant to share the steam and hot water generated by the plant. Future projects include a shared solid and liquid waste processing facility to further reduce the environmental impact from businesses in the area. The company’s keen promotion of environmental awareness among employees resulted in several voluntary energy-saving activities inside the company, such as turning off the coffee machine during non-use and green planting within the premises.

FUJIFILM Corporation Fujinomiya Factory (Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan)

Major businesses: Production of X-ray film, functional films for displays etc., anti-bacterial materials, and printing support materials.

FUJIFILM Corporation Fujinomiya Factory is located to the southwest of a World Heritage Site —Mount Fuji— where it enjoys clean air and abundant spring water. To preserve this rich nature, we clean the neighborhood of the site and local water sources. We are also working to minimize environmental risks in the area by eliminating potential dangers that may cause accidents within the premises. The factory is equipped with high efficient in-house cogeneration systems, and the excess electricity generated is distributed to other Group sites. This is a leading-edge practice addressing a social environmental issue by contributing to power shortages in the region and across the country.

Energy Saving and CO2 Emissions Reduction

[Picture]Members of the X-ray film process improvement team

Members of the X-ray film process improvement team

Fujinomiya Factory has been constantly reducing CO2 emissions by making the best use of its energy-saving technologies and facilities. These efforts include energysaving practices such as power control using inverters, and utilization of waste heat, as well as flexible adoption of different energy supplies when production lots vary for highly efficient energy usage. In 2019, as a further energysaving effort, the site incorporated an energy-saving design into the production facilities through the joint efforts of the technical, manufacturing, and quality assurance divisions. One example is achieving a reduction of environmental impact from drying in the X-ray film manufacturing process by revising the film coating method. The improved energy usage resulted in a reduction of 1,000- ton CO2 emissions per year.

Resource Recycling

The major product of Fujinomiya Factory is PET film products. The factory collects offcuts from these products and reuses high-quality pieces as a production material. The lower-class offcuts are collected and recycled as pellets by an external recycler. We endeavor to utilize the PET film material as much as possible to minimize waste.

We are aiming to establish a new recycling technology toward 2021 to improve the collection and recycling rates.

FUJIFILM Manufacturing Shenzhen Corp. (Shenzhen, China)

Major businesses: Production of laser printers, multifunction devices, and consumables.

FUJIFILM Manufacturing Shenzhen Corp., established in 1995, takes “reduction of environmental impact” as a corporate social responsibility and is vigorously progressing with resource recycling and continuous reductions of CO2 emissions and hazardous chemical usage.

Energy Saving and CO2 Emissions Reduction

Some examples of environmental efforts by FUJIFILM Manufacturing Shenzhen Corp. include utilization of a solar panel to supply hot water to the employee dormitory, real-time electricity usage control by the energy management center, and an energy-saving patrol in the night time. As a result, they have achieved the corporate CO2 emissions reduction target designated by Shenzhen City for five consecutive years. Not only that, but the actual figure is significantly lower than the given allowance.

Resource Recycling

FUJIFILM Manufacturing Shenzhen Corp. is conducting various 3R activities, such as separation of recyclable wastes, including metal, plastic, and paper, thermal power generation from daily waste incineration, water recycling, usage of recycled paper, and a shift to a paperless office.

These efforts over the years have led the company to be certified as a Green Factory in 2019, compliant with the Chinese National Recommended Standards. This was the first of its kind among Japanese companies in Shenzhen. The company’s environmental efforts are highly rated and trusted as can be seen by receiving the Green Model Award at the China Charity Festival 2019 (January 2019) and being invited by a governmentaccredited body to participate in creating the Green Factory standards for the printing device industry (since 2020)