FUJIFILM Corporation (President and CEO Shigetaka Komori, hereafter “FUJIFILM”) held the “Fujifilm Group International Environment Meeting” from November 5 to 8 at its Tokyo headquarters with the aim of advancing our Medium-term Environmental Policy (i.e. “The Fujifilm Group Green Policy”*1) on a global level.
First begun in 1991, this conference brings together environmental experts from Fujifilm Group companies involved in the production and marketing of FUJIFILM products in Japan, the U.S., Europe, China and other countries in order to share information on the regulations and activities of manufacturer’s associations in their respective countries and to promote global environmental initiatives.
At this year’s meeting, the 12th of the series, participants engaged in vigorous discussions on a variety of themes, sharing with each other the latest information and survey results from each region. These themes included environmental issues such as the reduction of greenhouse gases and worldwide efforts to strengthen the control of chemical substances. Examples of the latter were REACH*2, the new regulation for chemical substances that was enforced in Europe in June; the more stringent regulation of chemical substances in products throughout the world; and the GHS*3 regulation that is spreading to more countries. Our intent is to promote even greater sharing of information and closer communications in order to implement even better environmental strategies in each region of the world.
Summaries of the main themes discussed at the conference are given below.
Initiatives toward Compliance with REACH
In June of this year, the chemical regulation REACH went into force within Europe, including long term-used existing chemicals as well as heretofore unregulated chemicals in manufactured articles. With its enforcement, REACH will require the pre-registration of chemicals from next year. As a company that manufactures photographic processing chemicals, digital cameras, FCR digital X-ray imaging and diagnostic systems for medical care and a wide range of other products, ranging from the mixing of chemicals to the formation of the final product, FUJIFILM is laying the preparatory groundwork for compliance in Europe and Japan. This includes the establishment of project teams, construction of databases and the conducting of surveys on the wide range of chemicals subject to the regulation. At the meeting, the participants exchanged the most recent details about the regulation and information about hard-to-evaluate items, such as the definition of articles; and ascertained the situation with regard to surveys in Europe and Japan and compared their contents. From now, we plan to strengthen the ties between Europe and Japan as we continue laying the groundwork to allow the pre-registration work in Europe to be conducted smoothly and efficiently.
Initiatives toward Compliance with GHS
In December 2006, Japan became the first country to incorporate the GHS system as part of its Industrial Safety and Health Law and to put it into effect. In other countries, especially in Asian countries, considerations are being made to adopt GHS, with 2008 as a target. At this meeting, information was exchanged on trends in the adoption of GHS in the various areas, and the state of worldwide compliance, especially in the Asia-Pacific region, was discussed. FUJIFILM intends to continue exchanging information on GHS implementation with the aim of achieving strict compliance.
Improvement in Eco-Efficiency
Through its promotion of various environmental strategies, FUJIFILM has set the goal of improving eco-efficiency by a factor of two by FY2010, compared to FY2000, in the six environmental burdens*4, including greenhouse gas emissions and waste generation. At the meeting, our overseas Group companies were able to jointly confirm the amount of greenhouse gases and waste produced, for which even more reduction efforts are demanded. Our intent from now is to promote strategies that take into account the special characteristics of the locality, such as the conversion of methane gas at landfill sites into fuel.
FUJIFILM, together with its domestic companies and overseas partners, hopes to contribute to society by achieving an even higher level of “environmental quality” and “sustainable development.”
(*1) Fujifilm Group’s common medium-term environmental policy that aims to stay at the forefront of efforts to attain “sustainable development” in terms of environmental, economic and social aspects. We will also strive for customer satisfaction by achieving high “environmental quality” in products, services and corporate activities.
(*2) REACH: The Registration, Evaluation and Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals
(*3) GHS: Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals
(*4) Greenhouse gas emissions, consumed natural resources, atmospheric emissions of volatile organic compounds, consumed packaging materials, waste generation and water consumption.
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