CSR activity report│Environment
Address Climate Change (Priority Issue 1)
Reducing Fujifilm Group’s CO2 Emissions
In 2019, we set a target to reduce CO2 emissions throughout the product lifecycle by 30% compared with FY2013. In order to make further improvement, we have now revised upward this target from 30% to 45%. The target was certified as WB2°C (well below 2°C) by the Science Based Targets (SBT) initiative.*1 We aim to achieve this target by pursuing energy efficiency in every stage of the product lifecycle and through proactive usage of renewable energy.
In FY2018, CO2 emissions from the entire productlifecycle in the Fujifilm Group achieved a large reductionof 8.3% over the previous year. Our target was“Reduce the Fujifilm Group’s CO2 emissions by 30%by FY2030 (compared to the FY2013 level)” and ouractual achievement so far against this target is 22%.Companywide efforts in our continuing energy-savingactivities were particularly significant for emissionsreduction in the production stage of our productlifecycles. In FY2018, Fujifilm’s Kanagawa Factorysucceeded in dramatic energy conservation throughthe reuse of heat employed in the efficient air dryerneeded in the magnetic tape coating process andthe introduction of air blowers that are able to controlthe air flow flexibly to correspond with the solventevaporation volume.
The Fujifilm Group received certification fromScience Based Targets (SBT), the climate changeinitiative in collaboration with We Mean Business*2 ,for its activities to reduce CO2 emissions by 2030,demonstrating its commitment to responsiblecontributions to climate change control measures.
Contribute to a Reduction in the CO2 Emissions Generated by Society
We set the target of CO2 emissions reduction in society, which is to be achieved by replacing the conventional products and functions with our products and services. In order to increase our contribution with products and services to build a decarbonized society, we revised upward our contribution to CO2 emissions reduction by 2030 from 50 million tons to 90 million tons . To drive this contribution forward, we aim to increase the Green Value Products rate per sales to 60% by FY2030.
The major products that contributed to CO2 emissions reduction in society are as follows.
Data Archive Storage System: Energy saving by converting archive data from a server to magnetic tape.
Process-less CTP plate (printing material): Resource and energy usage reduction by eliminating the development process.
Multifunction devices and related solutions: Improvement in energy-saving performance, utilization of recycling devices, and resource & energy saving by solutions to manage the optimum printing environment.
Medical IT systems: Resource & energy saving by streamlining business processes.
In the document solutions business, we developed the Managed Print Service (MPS), which realizes energy saving, resource conservation, and users’ productivity enhancement through integration and evolvement of the recycled device business and the comprehensive office device management business that offers the optimum printing environment. This business model received the 2018 Minister of the Environment’s Award for Global Warming Prevention Activity (Countermeasure Technology Introduction and Dissemination) in recognition of the significant contribution in protection of the global environment and work style reforms through optimization of the office printing environment.
We have also been enhanced the carbon offsetting*3 as one of our CO2 emissions reduction schemes in the areas of cosmetics since FY2016 and process-less CTP plates since FY2018. We will continue working on CO2 emissions reduction in those two areas together with our customers.
Introducing Renewable Energy
We have installed a roof-top photovoltaic power facility at the FUJIFILM Techno Products Co., Ltd. (FFTP) Sano Site contributing to the reduction of CO2 emissions by 67 tons per year.
Also, in Belgium, FUJIFILM Electronic Materials (Europe) N.V. and FUJIFILM Belgium NV together changed their electricity purchasing to that derived from 100% renewable energy.
Commendation for CO2 Emissions Reduction Efforts
FUJIFILM Kyushu Co., Ltd. has progressed its reduction of energy usage and CO2 emissions under the banners of “Improve productivity,” “Improve production conditions,” and “Reduce waste energy,” which were raised as energysaving priority issues. We have achieved 9,040 tons reduction of CO2 emissions per year through continuous energy-saving measures, including a reduction of product drying vapor and improving the efficiency of solvent recovery, and a reduction in the number of freezers. In recognition of this effort, we received the FY2019 Commendation for Factories with excellent energy management from the Kyushu Bureau of Economy, Trade and Industry.
Conversion to City Gas
FUJIFILM Wako Pure Chemical Corporation Tokyo Plant converted its fuel for boilers from heavy oil to city gas, resulting in a 300-ton reduction in CO2 emissions per year. Since 2003, the Fujifilm Group has been proactively converting the fuel for in-house cogeneration systems and boilers from heavy oil to city gas. Now, 90% of the fuel we are currently using is derived from natural gas, which has lower CO2 emissions.
The Second Fujifilm Group Energy Saving Workshop
The Fujifilm Group holds energy saving workshops in Group companies led by energy engineers to disseminate our energy-saving technologies across the Group. In July 2019, the workshop was held in Toyama Center, FUJIFILM Manufacturing Corp., Participants sought new energy-saving ideas by presentations of energysaving measures operating in Group companies and walk-through in the production process together. Later, demonstration experiments of the ideas suggested in the Workshop implemented in Toyama. This eventually led to the installation of a highly efficient vapor trap which lowered emissions. We also optimized the workload of the exhaustdriven combustion facility and improved the heat recovery ratio. These changes resulted in a 596-ton reduction of CO2 emissions per year. The knowhow acquired through this improvement is now being disseminated throughout the Fujifilm Group as a good energy-saving practice.
The Fujifilm Group “Green Value Products” Certification Program
Setting new targets for sales of the environmentally conscious products to reduce CO2 emissions in society
As a means to contribute to realizing a sustainable society, the Fujifilm Group internally certifies and utilizes environmentally conscious products under the “Fujifilm Group Green Value Products” program to reduce the environmental impact on society as a whole. In FY2019, 31 new products were certified, making a total of 136 certified products. We also set a new Environmental Target for FY2030, “Make Green Value Products rate per sales 60%.” We endeavor to further environmental impact reductions through our products and services.
Award-Winning Process-less CTP Plates for Newspaper Printing
SUPERIA ZN-II, a process-less CTP plate for newspaper printing, which is equipped with a number of environmentally conscious features, was ranked “Diamond” in the Green Value Product Certification Program.
SUPERIA ZN-II eliminates the usage of harsh alkaline chemicals, which were previously required to produce newspaper printing plates, as well as being completely free from water and electricity usage, and waste liquid associated with printing plate development. Further, CO2 emissions throughout its product lifecycle were reduced by 70%*4 thanks to elimination of interleaf paper that occupied 90% of packaging, improved durability (longer life), and a closed loop recycling system, in which their main material, aluminum is reused to manufacture CTP plates of equal quality. The product thus significantly contributes to resource circulation.
In 2019, we received a number of awards in recognition of our unique technology’s contribution to the reduction of environmental impact, an important issue in the printing industry, while fulfilling the demands needed for newspaper printing. The awards received include the Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Prize under the EcoPro Awards 2019; the Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Prize under the 19th Green and Sustainable Chemistry Awards; and the 19th KCS Environmental Technology Award by the Kinka Chemical Society (KCS) Japan. We also received a Special Prize under the Technological Development Encouragement Awards by the Japan Newspaper Publishers & Editors Association, and the Research Presentation Encouragement Award by the Japanese Society of Printing Science and Technology.
Document Solutions Contribute to Reducing CO2 Emissions in Society
Our document solutions contribute to remote working. A combination of Working Folder, a cloud service for document management ranked “Gold” in the Green Value Products Certification Program, and DocuWorks document handling software, can configure a secure desktop environment equipped with documents, a multifunction devices, a printer, and a fax on a network. This surroundings enables users to work wherever they are. It also eliminates the necessity of paper and transportation of people and things, and saves time and energy through streamlining office tasks. This in turn helps reduction in CO2 emissions to mitigate climate change.
Climate change is thought to cause recent stronger typhoons and even increasing the number of heatstroke cases. Realization of a location-free working circumstance and remote offices is one measure to address climate change, and an effective measure for business continuation plans in an emergency.
Effects of Process-less CTP Plates for Newspaper Printing to Reduce Environmental Impact
- Elimination of chemicals, water, and electricity conventionally required in development and no waste liquid generation (resource and energy saving, and reduction in water usage, waste liquid, and man-hours) (See figure)
- Exclusive technology to control the surface structure of the reverse side of the plates eliminated the interleaf paper used to prevent scratches (packaging reduction)
- Closed loop recycling system of aluminum (promotion of resource recycling)
- Providing information to customers by Carbon Footprint (CFP)*5