Fujitsu Announces ’Fujitsu Group Environmental Protection Program (Stage V)’
Fujitsu Limited today announced the ’Fujitsu Group Environmental Protection Program (Stage V),’ which will guide the company’s environmental policies for fiscal 2007 through fiscal 2009. The action plan outlines Fujitsu’s basic approach to the environmental activities that individual employees can undertake in their daily work, as well as to expanding environmental activities throughout its entire supply chain from the perspectives of compliance with global environmental regulations and corporate social responsibility.
The program strengthens the company’s initiatives to increase the environmental value of its products and services, such as by expanding the company’s line of “Super Green Products” with superior environmental consideration. It also positions global warming as a priority issue, establishing benchmarks for evaluating environmental activities in its office locations in addition to ongoing measures being implemented for its production facilities. Further, Fujitsu is developing and providing energy-efficient products and environmental solutions, to help customers reduce their CO2 emissions.
Details of the Fujitsu Group Environmental Protection Program (Stage V) are outlined below, along with a summary report on the results of the fourth stage of the program, which encompassed the 2004-2006 fiscal years.
Overview of the Fujitsu Group Environmental Protection Program (Stage V)
Taking into consideration the impact of future social trends on its business, and building on the progress made in its Stage IV Environmental Protection Program, Fujitsu has identified the following five priority areas that will serve as the focus of the Fujitsu Group’s environmental activity in Stage V.
--1.Improving the Environmental Value of Products and Services
1. Increasing the number of Super Green Products
Targeting Green Products(1) being newly developed across all business units, Fujitsu’s goal is, by fiscal 2009, for at least 20% of its products to be “Super Green Products,” which are defined as being among the best in their class by various environmental criteria, such as energy use, 3R (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle) design and technology, chemical composition, and the use of environmentally friendly materials and technologies. The company’s product development activities will be promoted in accordance with this goal.
2. Achieving an improved environmental-efficiency factor
Fujitsu evaluates a product’s environmental efficiency(2) in terms of its environmental footprint and value as a product, the goal being to minimize a product’s environmental footprint over the course of its entire lifecycle and to maximize product value. To improve environmental efficiency, Fujitsu will compare the environmental characteristics of newly developed Green Products with those of products from fiscal 2005 as a benchmark, with the target of achieving an environmental efficiency factor(3) of 2 (i.e., twice the environmental efficiency) by the end of fiscal 2009.
3. Increasing resource reuse and recycling for collected end-of-life products
The goal for Stage V is to maintain the 90% resource reuse and recycling rate(4) for collected end-of-life business-use IT products that Fujitsu achieved in Stage IV and to expand the volume of reused and/or recycled resources(5) from business-use IT products as well as consumer IT products.
4. Expanding environmental solutions
To reduce environmental footprint (CO2 emissions) of its customers, Fujitsu is expanding the range of its “environmental solutions,” moving beyond a focus on software packages to include systems integration and outsourcing services, thereby striving to contribute to the alleviation of global warming through its solutions activity. Fujitsu will support the environmental initiatives of its customers with proposals showing how the use of IT services can reduce their environmental footprint and promote environmental solutions that reflect the latest regulatory trends for environmental protection.
--2. Global Warming Countermeasures
1. Reducing CO2 emissions from energy consumption
In addition to existing initiatives in the realm of infrastructure, such as upgrading power plants for greater energy efficiency and optimizing plant and equipment operations management, Fujitsu is strengthening energy-saving measures in its manufacturing processes and promoting energy-efficient activities by all its employees with the goal of reducing CO2 emissions.
2. Reducing greenhouse gases other than CO2
Fujitsu is looking at ways to introduce equipment that avoids using greenhouse gases other than CO2 such as perfluorocarbon or substitute gases with a lower greenhouse index, as an additional measure to combat global warming.
3. Reducing CO2 emissions during distribution and transport
Fujitsu is reducing its CO2 footprint by expanding its use of modal shift(6) and more efficient truck loading to reduce the number of trucks in circulation.
4. Application of Green Factories and Green Office systems
Fujitsu is again expanding its existing “green factory” system, and introducing an equivalent “green office” system.
5. Reducing VOCs(7)
Fujitsu is limiting VOC emissions through the use of reclamation equipment and other measures.
6. Reducing waste
Fujitsu continues to work on reducing its waste stream, particularly sludge and effluents.
--3. Reinforcing Governance~Enhancing environmental management system (EMS)
By broadening its Environmental Management System to cover principal subsidiaries and affiliates, Fujitsu is strengthening its governance of the Fujitsu Group in environmental matters. Within the structure of the EMS itself, Fujitsu is also enhancing target setting and internal auditing functions to strengthen environmental activities.
--4. Reinforcing Risk Management ~Promoting green procurement measures
For Fujitsu to comply with environmental regulations and reduce its environmental footprint, it needs to raise the environmental standards of its suppliers. Fujitsu is reinforcing its environmental risk management by promoting greater EMS awareness among its parts and materials vendors, as well as requesting and supporting the creation of chemical management systems by these suppliers.
--5. Environmental and Social Contributions
Fujitsu aims to cultivate employees who take initiative in being environmentally conscious in their conduct. The company has established environmental contribution guidelines for employees and expanded the geographic reach of its regional environmental outreach activities in order to raise the environmental consciousness of each employee.
Summary of Results for the Fujitsu Group Environmental Protection Program (Stage IV)
Fujitsu successfully achieved the following Stage IV targets:
Fujitsu Limited, 90 subsidiaries in Japan, and 11 overseas subsidiaries achieved globally integrated environmental management certification.
The percentage of procurement from business partners who have implemented an EMS as a share of all procured items reached 100% for the Fujitsu Group.
Offered “Super Green Products,” those that are environmental class-leaders in all product divisions.
Shipment of Fujitsu-Group-specified hazardous substance-free products to Europe started from April, 2006.
Established recycling systems in Europe, North America, and Asia.
Resource reuse and recycling rate for collected end-of-life IT products reached at least 90%.
Provided “Environmentally Conscious Solutions” across all areas of the software and services business.
Reduced CO2 emissions from energy consumption to about 26% below the levels of fiscal 2000.
Reduced discharge of chemicals on the PRTR(8) list by about 50% from the level of fiscal 2001.
Reduced volume of generated waste by 39% compared to fiscal 2003.
Fujitsu failed to reach the following Stage IV target:
Achieved 16% reuse of waste plastic, versus a target of 20% because of the limited range of materials suitable for reuse, Fujitsu is continuing to work on discovering reuse-friendly materials.
To help achieve the targets in Stage V, Fujitsu plans to select an environmental slogan based on suggestions gathered from all its employees and encourage its employees to participate in environmental activities in their respective areas.
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