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Fujifilm Aims to Eliminate CO2 Emissions in FY2050

2019/01/17 09:07
Sousuke Kudou, technical writer
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A solar power generation system that the Fujifilm group introduced to a manufacturing plant in the US (source: Fujifilm Holdings)

Fujifilm Holdings Corp announced Jan 10, 2019, that it has set a goal for the introduction of renewable energy and will convert 50% of electricity it purchases to renewable energy in fiscal 2030.

Moreover, the company aims to increase the ratio of renewable energy to 100% in fiscal 2050 and use carbon-free hydrogen as fuel for its in-house power generation systems, aiming to realize zero CO2 emissions in regard to all the energy that it consumes.

The Fujifilm group has been promoting the introduction of renewable energy-derived electricity by, for example, generating solar electricity at Fujifilm Kyushu Co Ltd (production base in Kikuyo-machi, Kumamoto Prefecture, Japan) and wind electricity at Fujifilm Manufacturing Europe BV (production base in the Netherlands). Currently, about half of the energy consumed by the group is purchased, and the other half is generated by its in-house power generation systems.

Highly-functional films (e.g. display materials) manufactured by Fujifilm Holdings are required to be heated in some of their manufacturing processes such as film-forming and drying processes. Therefore, co-generation systems that generate high-temperature vapor and electricity at the same time are used to keep a high energy efficiency.

For the future, Fujifilm Holdings will replace electricity that it purchases for manufacturing other products and business activities with renewable energy-derived electricity while pursuing an even higher energy efficiency by continuing to use co-generation. Moreover, it will use hydrogen as main fuel for co-generation in place of natural gas and employ new technologies such as CCS (carbon dioxide capture and storage) technologies, which are being developed for commercialization.

"Sustainable Value Plan 2030 (SVP2030)," Fujifilm Holdings' CSR project that is targeted at fiscal 2030, has four important fields from two perspectives: "Consideration given to the environment/society in the business process" and "Solution of social issues through businesses." The four fields are "environment," "health," "life" and "way of working."

In the field of the environment, the company set, for example, a numerical goal of "reducing CO2 emissions in the entire life cycles of its products by 30%, compared with fiscal 2013."