Improving the Resource Efficiency and Resource Circulation of Products
As risks that threaten the sustainability of society and companies continue to rise, such as environmental destruction due to resource depletion and excessive mining, major fluctuations in resource costs around the world, and concerns about the supply of rare metals, the European Commission (EC) has established a new Circular Economy Action Plan (2.0) as a growth strategic pillar of the European Green Deal, and is moving forward with measures to accelerate further implementation of resource efficiency into society. For example, the EC has proposed the Circular Electronics Initiative as a priority area, as well as maintenance for the ErP eco design directive, and is promoting a circular economy through the entire life cycle of products. This is a growing trend all over the world. We believe that from the perspective of recycling resources, it is important for us to make efficient use of the resources in the ICT products that we provide to customers. We have engaged in a 3R design that draws on the principles of reduce, reuse, and recycle, and have developed our products with technology that is effective in reducing the amount of resources we use. We are also making efforts to improve resource efficiency and reduce our environmental burden by designing products to be lighter and smaller, using recycled plastics, reducing the number of parts, enhancing ease of disassembly, and improving recyclability. Our goal is to offer such products so that they provide even the customer with benefits, whether it be by making these products smaller, more lightweight, or designing them so they take up less space.
FY 2019 Performance
|Targets under the Fujitsu Group Environmental Action Plan (Stage IX)||FY 2019 Performance|
|Promote eco design for resource saving and circulation, and increase resource efficiency of newly developed products by 20% or more (compared to FY 2014).||Improved by 23.9%|
Improving the Resource Efficiency of New Products
In FY 2012, the Fujitsu Group created its own definition of resource efficiency, as the Group had previously not had a system that could comprehensively and quantitatively evaluate improvements in resource efficiency, and due to the fact that there were as of yet no public indices that could measure resource efficiency.
In FY 2019, we continued to use our indicators to evaluate products newly developed by Fujitsu（*1）, and worked to reduce product part quantities and reduce product size through smaller, thinner, and lighter parts and higher-density mountings.
- （*1）Products newly developed by Fujitsu: Excludes products for which resource efficiency is determined by customer specifications or standards.
Achieved 23.9% Improvement in Resource Efficiency
By reducing the size and weight of our PCs, smartphones, mission critical x86 servers, POS tenant devices, and mobile phone radio base stations, and more, we were able to achieve an improvement in resource efficiency of 23.9%, against the 20% target value we set for FY 2019 in the Fujitsu Group Environmental Action Plan (Stage IX).
Working Toward Our Targets
To improve new product resource efficiency by at least 15%, Fujitsu will continue current initiatives, while expanding development of new lightweight, rigid materials and the use of recycled materials. We will also widely publicize the eco-friendliness of our products in order to expand sales.
REFERENCE INFORMATIONDefinition and Calculation of Resource Efficiency
Examples of Initiatives in FY 2019
Working to Cut Down on Disposable Plastic at Business Sites and Offices
As the issue of plastic waste becomes more serious as an environmental and social problem worldwide, the Fujitsu Group has worked up to this point to cut down on the amount of plastic used in our business activities globally through measures such as reducing the material used in products and packaging, as well as reducing waste generation at business sites. Furthermore, in recent years, we have also been working to cut down on the use of disposable plastic in offices.
Domestically, in June 2019, we stopped offering plastic bags at our company convenience stores and shops, as well as plastic straws at our company cafés and visitor areas. With the cooperation of drink vendors and vending machine dealers, we withdrew drinks in plastic bottles and switched over to canned drinks, etc., at approximately 1,500 vending machines in the Group.
As a responsible business enterprise, it is essential for us that each and every one of the Fujitsu Group’s approximately 130,000 employees takes an interest in environmental and social issues, and works to change their own behavior. In the future, we will continue to promote reduced use of disposable plastic, as well as other sustainable activities to reduce waste, such as carrying around bags and bottles for personal use, with the aim of fostering a corporate culture that contributes to the creation of an abundant and sustainable society.