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Fujitsu Announces Details of Stage Four of Its Environmental Protection Program

- Providing products and solutions to help customers reduce environmental burden -

Fujitsu Limited

Tokyo, June 07, 2004

Fujitsu Limited today announced the details for Stage Four of the Environmental Protection Program of its group companies. This program will span from fiscal years 2004 to 2006 and will promote from an environmental aspect the establishment of sustainable management and environmental group governance, and the offering of products and solutions that will contribute to customers' efforts to reduce their burden on the environment.

This program will implement a systematic approach for activities for all business areas including Fujitsu's Sales and Software & Services Divisions, unify environmental protection objectives for all consolidated Fujitsu group companies, and will further expand the scope of Fujitsu's environmental protection activities.

"Super Green Products", products which have leading standards in terms of environmental consciousness levels, will be provided for all major product groups across all Fujitsu business groups. In addition, Fujitsu will support its customers' endeavors to reduce environmental burden by providing environmentally conscious solutions that quantitatively assess and indicate the effect of reduction of CO2 emissions. Furthermore, for its manufacturing divisions, through "Green Process" activities Fujitsu will limit the amount of resources it consumes in order to reduce negative environmental impact.

Details of Stage Four of Fujitsu's Environmental Protection Program for which an overview was presented in July 2003, are outlined below.

Overview of Stage Four of Fujitsu's Environmental Protection Program

1. Strengthening Group-Wide Sustainable Management

Fujitsu's Environmental Management System, in accordance with ISO14001 international standards, will be implemented and unified group-wide internationally by the end of fiscal 2005. Through this initiative, the Fujitsu group companies will be united in organizationally achieving the objectives of the Environmental Protection Program.

2. Environmentally Conscious Product Measures

  • Using the technologies developed for "Green Products" during Stage Three of the Environmental Protection Program as a base, Fujitsu will aim to strengthen its development of environmentally conscious products that have leading eco-friendly qualities. For the major product groups of all business segments, by the end of fiscal 2006 Fujitsu will progressively introduce "Super Green Products", products which boast at least one of various best-of-breed environmentally conscious qualities (world's first or first in Japan or industry, world's smallest or smallest in Japan or industry, etc.) in such areas as "energy conservation", "3R (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle) design and technology", "controlling chemical substance containment", etc.
  • By the end of fiscal 2005, Fujitsu will eliminate from all of its products all Fujitsu group companies-specified hazardous substances, which include substances restricted under the European RoHS Directive(1) and substances restricted for use in products by laws and regulations in Japan or elsewhere.

3. Environmentally Conscious Solutions

Starting in Japan, Fujitsu will establish a "Green Certification" system for solution products which are highly effective in reducing environmental impact, and will provide "Environmentally Conscious Solutions" from fiscal 2004. This will enable Fujitsu to quantitatively measure environmental impact in terms of CO2 emissions before and after implementing customer systems, thereby contributing to efforts to reduce environmental burden caused by customers' systems.

4. Green Procurement

Starting in Japan, by the end of fiscal 2006 Fujitsu will raise to 100% its ratio of procurement from suppliers that have environmental management systems established. In addition, Fujitsu will expand its green procurement scope to include all suppliers, from suppliers of components to software and services, etc.

5. Product Recycling

  • Taking into consideration trends in environmental regulation outside Japan and varying conditions of each country, Fujitsu will establish recycling systems in Europe by the end of fiscal 2004 and in North America and Asia by the end of fiscal 2006. Fujitsu will also work toward increasing resource efficiency from a global perspective through further proactive communication and information exchange.
  • Fujitsu will bring its Resources Reuse Ratio(2) for discarded used products it collects to 90%.
  • Fujitsu will bring its Recycling Ratio(3) for collected waste plastics to 20% by the end of fiscal 2006.

6. Prevention of Global Warming

In addition to promoting reduction of direct effect of greenhouse effect gases from Fujitsu group companies' factories and offices, inclusive of indirect factors such as emissions caused by contractors during distribution or transport, Fujitsu will also strive to improve environmental efficiencies throughout entire product life cycles.

  • By switching to operating facilities that are more energy efficient and by strictly monitoring operational management of production facilities for appropriate operation, Fujitsu will reduce energy consumption CO2 emissions to less than emission results of fiscal 1990, by the end of fiscal 2010. In addition, for all greenhouse effect gases other than CO2, Fujitsu will reduce emissions to 10% less than emission results of fiscal 1995, by the end of fiscal 2010.
  • As an initiative of its Logistics Division, by implementing distribution systems that enable selection of ideal transport means in accordance with customer-requested delivery deadlines and through promotion of Modal Shift(4) efforts, Fujitsu will work to reduce CO2 emissions.

7. Promotion of "Green Factories"

To strive toward actualization of environmentally conscious factories, through "Green Process" activities that limit resource consumption that leads to environmental burden, and through "Green Facility" activities to reduce emissions, Fujitsu will promote the reduction of usage and emissions of materials, chemical substances, and electricity during manufacturing processes or at operating facilities.

  • Fujitsu will reduce chemical substance emissions (substances covered by the PRTR(5)) to 15% below emission results of fiscal 2001, by the end of fiscal 2006.
  • The zero waste emission initiative which Fujitsu Limited has already implemented and achieved at its own factories, will be expanded to include all production sites of the group companies, both in Japan and overseas.
  • Furthermore, for all production sites that have achieved zero waste emission, activities will be implemented to limit the causes of waste materials themselves, to reduce emissions to 3% below emission results for fiscal 2003 by the end of fiscal 2006.

  • [1] RoHS Directive

    The Restriction of Hazardous Substances Directive. The Directive on Restrictions of the use of certain Hazardous Substances in electrical and electronic equipment (RoHS) was agreed to and established on February 13, 2003. The RoHS Directive will ban the placing on the EU market of new electrical and electronic equipment containing more than agreed levels of lead, cadmium, mercury, hexavalent chromium, polybrominated biphenyl (PBB) and polybrominated diphenyl ether (PBDE) flame retardants from July 1, 2006. There are a number of exempted applications for these substances.

  • [2] Resources Reuse Ratio

    Volume ratio of recycled parts and resources to discarded used products based on the calculation method introduced by the Japan Electronics and Information Technology Industries Association.

  • [3] Recycling Ratio

    Volume ratio of collected waste plastic materials reused in Fujitsu group companies' developed products or ordinary equipment to the total weight of waste plastics used in collected used products. Excludes plastics which contain halogens or to which metals are attached.

  • [4] Modal Shift

    A concept of shifting freight shipments from road transportation, such as trucking, to transportation modes such as rail or sea that can handle larger freight volumes per trip. This contributes to environmental conservation by reducing CO2 and NOx emissions and saving energy.

  • [5] PRTR

    A law passed in Japan in March 2000 requiring companies to report the amounts of chemical substances released or transferred into the environment as emissions or waste, based on the idea that enforced public disclosure will help to reduce the environmental risks associated with chemicals and other pollutants. PRTR stands for Pollutant Release & Transfer Register.

About Fujitsu

Fujitsu is a leading provider of customer-focused IT and communications solutions for the global marketplace. Pace-setting technologies, highly reliable computing and communications platforms, and a worldwide corps of systems and services experts uniquely position Fujitsu to deliver comprehensive solutions that open up infinite possibilities for its customers' success. Headquartered in Tokyo, Fujitsu Limited (TSE: 6702) reported consolidated revenues of 4.7 trillion yen (US$45 billion) for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2004.
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