Strengthening Global Resource Circulation
Goal 12 of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), adopted by the United Nations in September 2015, is ‘Responsible consumption and production’. The actions urged to meet this goal include the efficient use of natural resources, the appropriate management of chemical substances and waste products throughout the entire product life cycle, and a significant reduction in the volume of pollutants emitted into the air, water, and soil. In December 2015, the European Union (EU) adopted its first Circular Economy Package, which included measures to boost the sustainable use of resources and recycling as well as to stimulate job creation. This was the start of an ongoing EU program of specific policies and actions aimed at reducing environmental impact while also achieving economic growth. Given the global shift from a linear economic system to a circular one, there are expectations that companies will accelerate and broaden their efforts in resource circulation.
The Problem of Plastic Waste
According to a 2018 OECD report, the volume of plastic waste generated globally jumped six-fold between 1980 and 2015 – from about 50 million tons to about 300 million tons – and the increase in plastic use and improper disposal were highlighted as having a serious impact on the environment. It has become widely recognized in recent years that a global response is needed to deal with the problem of marine pollution caused by plastic waste dumped at sea, and countermeasures are being taken. China and various other countries previously accepted plastic waste as a resource but are now imposing import bans or restrictions. These moves have triggered business risks, such as rising treatment costs and difficulties in securing partners to process plastic waste.
Aiming for Resource Circulation
The Fujitsu Group has a long-standing commitment to the “three R’s” (reduce, reuse, recycle) relating to plastics and other resources. We are continuing to promote the use of recycled plastics in our ICT products, switch from plastic to cardboard packaging materials, and reduce the number of components used in our products while making them smaller, thinner, and lighter. Another focus for Fujitsu is the recycling of resources from used ICT products and from waste generated at business sites.
Changes in our business model are resulting in reduced volumes of waste, but we will bolster our efforts to further limit waste and recycle resources in order to make a stronger contribution to a society oriented toward resource circulation.
Approach under the Fujitsu Group Environmental Action Plan (Stage IX)
Focusing on Plastic Waste and Contributing to Resource Circulation
Reducing the volume of plastic waste, which accounts for approximately 20% of the total waste generated by the Fujitsu Group, is a key focus in the Fujitsu Group Environmental Action Plan (Stage IX). We plan to promote material recycling and reuse activities involving our suppliers, primarily by targeting plastic packaging materials used with purchased components.
We will further reduce the amount of non-plastic waste that is generated and continue to conserve and recycle the resources used in products. To ensure continuing improvements, the Fujitsu Group will also strictly control the volumes of water and chemical substances both used and emitted, which are environmental issues that companies must address on an ongoing basis.
Actions and targets related to climate change initiatives under the Fujitsu Group Environmental Action Plan (Stage IX)