Drive Activities to Reduce CO2 Emissions in the Supply Chain
In addition to reducing our own emissions, as a green procurement initiative the Fujitsu Group has also been requesting its suppliers to act toward reducing their own CO2 emissions in order to help contain global warming. As a result, all of our main suppliers have undertaken efforts to reduce their CO2 emissions. Starting in FY 2016, we have also been expanding these efforts further upstream in the supply chain by including efforts by the suppliers of those companies (secondary suppliers from the perspective of the Fujitsu Group) in our requests.
We expect that having the supply chain as a whole work toward reducing emissions can produce even greater reduction effects (synergies), while also expanding the network of these activities through the supply chain to cover an even wider area spreading beyond national boundaries. Through efforts such as these, the Fujitsu Group hopes to help create a carbon-free future society.
FY 2018 Performance and Results
|Targets under the Fujitsu Group Environmental Action Plan (Stage VIII)
||Last fiscal year
(FY 2018 results)
|Drive Activities to Reduce CO2 Emissions in the Supply Chain
||Requested emission reductions action by secondary suppliers (46,000 companies or more) via main suppliers of the Fujitsu Group (approximately 1,500 companies)
Requesting and Supporting the Expansion of Activities to Secondary Suppliers
The Fujitsu Group communicated requests to its main suppliers who account for at least 98% of the Group's procurement volume to engage in activities to reduce their CO2 emissions, and to expand these efforts to also include their own suppliers (the Fujitsu Group's secondary suppliers). We also conducted our own environmental survey to ascertain the activity status of these suppliers. As a reference for their future activities, we then provided suppliers who responded to the survey with feedback in the form of a report that analyzed survey responses to show trends in emissions reduction activities, while also requesting further activities and expansion to the activities of their own suppliers.
As of the end of FY 2018 only 18.9% of suppliers responded that they had requested their own suppliers to engage in emissions reduction activities, but this still amounted to a total of at least 46,000 secondary suppliers receiving such requests, giving reason to believe these efforts can have a tremendous awareness effect.
Providing guideline for activities for reducing CO2 emissions
In order to facilitate the spread of CO2 emissions reduction activities throughout the entirety of our supply chain, the Fujitsu Group produced an original set of explanatory materials and began providing these to suppliers. The purpose of these materials was not only to give suppliers a greater understanding of the importance of these activities taking place in the supply chain, but also to serve as something they could use to request and assist such activities amongst their own suppliers. The materials have had a strong response, including over 1,200 accesses since they were posted on our website at the end of November 2017. To fulfill our responsibilities as a global enterprise, the Fujitsu Group will continue to think about what must be done to contain global warming and will continue to take action.
* "Guideline for activities for reducing CO2 emissions" can be downloaded from the following sites.
Examples of initiatives in FY 2018
Starting activities to reduce CO2 emissions together with Suppliers
Without stopping at providing customers with the "Guidance on activities for reducing CO2 emissions," the Fujitsu Group also began sending its employees with extensive practical experience in CO2 reduction activities to visit factories of Suppliers and engage in problem-solving efforts together with them. Utilizing the "diagnostic for CO2 reduction potential" which incorporates Fujitsu's expertise, they are engaging in activities to help Suppliers reduce their CO2 emissions. These efforts are reducing the CO2 emissions from materials procurement in the Fujitsu Group, while also helping reduce environmental impact throughout the supply chain as a whole.
Supplier collaboration example
Collabortive efforts began on reducing CO2 in the production process for products at one of the Fujitsu Group's main Suppliers, Atago Manufacturing Co., Ltd. Based in the city of Midori in Japan's Gunma Prefecture, Atago Manufacturing produces air blowers, heat exchangers, and other equipment.
In order to get an understanding of the circumstances at Atago Manucacturing's production plant, their people in charge worked with experts from Fujitsu to conduct a diagnostic for CO2 reduction potential. The results of the diagnostic revealed that the production facilities had high potential for CO2 reduction. Efforts are currently under way to decide on reduction measures through mutual consultations, and subsequently achieve them.
Supplier testimonial (Noboru Otomo, Managing Director, Atago Manufacturing)
Since our company has trouble visualizing the cost-effectiveness of our environmental initiatives, we understood them from a social perspective but had been slow to act and hardly accomplished any real progress. Speaking with Fujitsu, we were able to get a logical understanding, with the effects also clearly expressed numerically. As a result, we decided to go ahead and work together with them. If we can also reduce manufacturing costs even a little by focusing in on our high energy cost electrical furnaces, we will be killing two birds with one stone.
* Diagnostic for CO2 reduction potential
This is a diagnostic method using the Energy Conservation Measure Implementation Status Diagnostic Sheet which reflects the Fujitsu Group's in-house practical expertise, based on the CO2 Reduction Potential Diagnostic Guidelines (Ministry of the Environment). In four stages it determines the implementation status for 128 items pertaining to eight types of equipment that emit large amounts of CO2 at production plants (boilers, refrigeration units, air conditioners, production equipment, compressors, electrical equipment, lighting, and plumbing). The results can be used to calculate reduction potential and at the same time point the way toward reduction measures that can be effective.