ESGManaging Chemical Substances
Chemical substances possess inherent properties that offer outstanding benefits. At the same time, however, chemical substances can harm people’s health and place a burden on the environment if they are misused.
One element of Fuji Electric’s Environmental Vision 2050 is the realization of a society that is in harmony with nature. To accomplish this element of the vision, we practice appropriate management of chemical substances while working to reduce their use in order to prevent damages to ecosystems.
Managing and Reducing the Use of Chemical Substances
Fuji Electric set a goal of reducing its environmental emissions of chemical substances by 40% compared with levels recorded in fiscal 2000 by fiscal 2010. This target covers emissions of chemical Pollutant Release and Transfer Register (PRTR)*1 Law-designated substances and for atmospheric emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in accordance with the voluntary action plan put forward by Japan's four electrical and electronics industry organizations*2 based on the Air Pollution Control Act. Emissions of PRTR-designated substances in fiscal 2010 were down 40.4% compared with levels recorded in fiscal 2000. Atmospheric emissions of VOCs were reduced by 62.2%. In each case, Fuji Electric successfully achieved its targets.
Since fiscal 2010, Fuji Electric has sought to achieve voluntary targets set as part of its Environmental Management 3-Year Rolling Plan.
In fiscal 2020 we achieved our global emission targets for both PRTR-designated substances and VOCs. The former came to 648 tons (vs. target of less than 1,505 tons), while the latter was 819 tons (1,694 tons). This represents year-on-year reductions of 251 tons and 264 tons, respectively.
- Act on Confirmation, etc. of Release Amounts of Specific Chemical Substances in the Environment and Promotion of Improvements to the Management Thereof
- The four electrical and electronics industry organizations were The Japan Electronics and Information Technology Industries Association (JEITA), the Communications and Information Network Association of Japan (CIAJ), the Japan Business Machine and Information System Industries Association (JBMIA), and the Japan Electrical Manufacturers’ Association (JEMA)
Amount of Emissions of PRTR-Designated Substances and VOC Atmospheric Emissions in Japan
Amount of Emissions of PRTR-Designated Substances and VOC Atmospheric Emissions overseas
Material Balance of PRTR-Designated Substances in Japan
Note: Wastewater is properly treated using wastewater treatment equipment at all production bases, and wastewater standards have been met. Accordingly, there have been no discharges of heavy metals or other substances into water environments that exceed standards.
Fuji Electric’s policy on chemical substances contained in products
“All products comply with all relevant environmental regulations”
We aim to minimize the risk of chemical substances by systematically eliminating or substituting (to the extent possible and in advance of regulatory deadlines) chemical substances contained in products and used in processes.
In accordance with this policy, the following are representative regions and countries, and their regulations and laws, for which measures are being taken.
|Act on the Evaluation of Chemical Substances and Regulation of Their Manufacture, etc.
Fluorocarbon Emissions Control Act (Montreal Protocol)
- Management Tools: Green Procurement Guidelines and a Parts Database
- Regulated substance compliance activity organization
- Achievements of Fuji Electric’s attempt to Date
- Overseas factory management
In order to properly manage environmentally regulated substances contained in Fuji Electric’s products, we have established Green Procurement Guidelines as rules that enable us to cooperate with our supply chains to obtain information on chemical substance content in our products.
The obtained information is managed through an in-house database of parts that makes it easy to provide the information to customers when necessary.
The database manages the chem-SHERPA investigation scheme, as well as our company guarantee that our products do not contain prohibited substances.
In order to manage and share information on chemical substances contained in Fuji Electric’s products, we established the Environmentally Regulated Substances Working Group in 2003, which consists of design members from each product unit as a company-wide cross-sectional organization that continues its activities to this day. (Currently, regular meetings are held twice a year.)
As part of our activities, we have been working to obtain information on regulations as quickly as possible through consultants and expert committees on chemical substances contained in products of industry associations in which Fuji Electric participates in order to investigate the impact on our company and take measures as appropriate.
In compliance with the RoHS Directive, we have taken the following measures:
- To develop lead-free solder and apply it to products (Completed by 2006)
- To replace lead, cadmium, and mercury in paints, alloys, and electronic materials (Completed by 2006)
- To develop hexavalent chromium-free technologies for steel sheets, plating, and paints (Completed by 2006)
- To replace certain bromine-based flame retardants (Completed by 2006)
- To replace four specific phthalic esters in cables, capacitors, rubber parts, etc. (Completed by the start of the regulations in 2019 and 2021)
- To perform regular inspections using X-ray fluorescence analyzers: Installed a total of 35 X-ray fluorescence analyzers (2003-2004) at all domestic and overseas component factories, and are continuing to use them for incoming parts inspection.
In compliance with the REACH Regulation, we have taken the following measures:
In order to ensure provision of information on chemical substances contained in products as required by REACH, we have established and revised our Green Procurement Guidelines and built a database of parts and materials, and continue to obtain information from upstream suppliers (suppliers of parts and materials) and provide information to downstream companies (distributors of our products).
In compliance with laws on fluorocarbons (Montreal Protocol), we have taken the following measures:
- To develop and apply CFC-free and GWP 1 refrigerants (R1234yf) for vending machines (Completed by 2011, ahead of the rest of the industry).
In compliance with TSCA PIP (3:1) PBT, we have taken the following measures:
We are currently assessing usage in our products and have begun to provide information to our customers.
We are moving forward with replacement products in accordance with the existing regulatory date (October 1, 2024).
We maintain proper management of regulated substances contained in products at our overseas factories through procurement of parts and materials and manufacturing management based on the design specifications of mother factories in Japan.
CSCL: Japan’s “Act on the Regulation of Manufacture and Evaluation of Chemical Substances”
J-MOSS: JIS “JIS C 0950 Marking for presence of the specific chemical substances for electrical and electronic equipment”
Law on fluorocarbons: Japan’s “Act on Rational Use and Appropriate Management of Fluorocarbons”
Montreal Protocol: International “Protocol for specifying ozone-depleting substances and regulating their manufacture, consumption, and trade”
RoHS Directive: EU’s “Directive 2011/65/EU of the European Parliament and Council of June 8, 2011 on the Restriction of the Use of Certain Hazardous Substances in Electrical and Electronic Equipment”
REACH Regulation: EU’s “Regulation on the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (Regulation 1907/2006 of the European Parliament and Council)”
TSCA: United State’s “Toxic Substances Control Act”
Proposition 65: The State of California’s “Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act”
China RoHS: China’s “Act on the Regulation and Management of the Use of Hazardous Substances in Electrical and Electronic Equipment and Products”
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