It is in everybody’s interests for the process of printing to be as sustainable as possible since it has to compete on every level with other methods of communication. Fujifilm is addressing this need wherever it is involved with print, and this is particularly evident in plate production.
A new wind farm has been constructed at our Tilburg plate manufacturing plant in The Netherlands to supply 20% of the total power, in addition to new gas, solvent and water recycling facilities. At our Greenwood plate manufacturing operation in the USA, a new methane gas recovery system now powers 40% of the plant.
These initiatives and many others contribute to helping Fujifilm meet its global objective of reducing CO² emissions for the entire life cycle by 30% by 2020.
Plate manufacturing is an energy-intensive process, but with projects like these that help to significantly reduce its environmental burden, Fujifilm is taking positive steps toward the ultimate sustainability of print.
Care for the Environment
Fujifilm’s basic approach to Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) is to contribute to the sustainable development of society by putting into practice the Group’s Corporate Philosophy: “Our overarching aim is to help enhance the quality of life of people worldwide with leading-edge, proprietary technologies, achieving this vision through sincere and fair business activities.”
As one of the specific actions taken to achieve this, Fujifilm has set an environmental target to reduce lifecycle CO2 emissions by 30% relative to 2005 by the year 2020, and has been working hard to reach this target. A range of measures have been introduced at the company’s many manufacturing facilities, including replacing fuel for in-house power generation with natural gas, introducing renewable energies, and being proactive in the development and introduction of energy-saving technologies. Fujifilm has also been running ‘Design For Environment’ initiative across the entire company for a number of years.
This initiative aims to reduce the lifecycle CO2 impact of the company’s products by treating it as a key element in the design and development process. Fujifilm has a long history of responsible and sustainable business development, acknowledged regularly through its inclusion in the Dow Jones Sustainability and FTSE4Good global indices, and is proud to publish its results in an annual Sustainability Report.
Sean Lane, Product manager – Offset Solutions, Graphic Systems DivisionGoogle+