High-Priority Management Themes at Fuji Xerox
Reducing the environmental impact of societies by encouraging technological innovation and supporting new work styles
Curbing global warming
Fuji Xerox is implementing environmental impact reduction measures for its products to minimize their influence on global warming.
Specifically, we are developing products with a strong commitment to reducing their power consumption while making them more convenient to use. In line with our aim to reduce the electricity consumed by our products during use by customers, we are introducing energy-saving technologies to new models across our entire product lineup and fostering the replacement of old models with the new ones.
In order to provide customers with more environmentally friendly products, we are providing environment-friendly product education to our sales staff and making use of the environmental effect simulator to visualize the environmental impact that customers could achieve by adopting our products. Moreover, we are showing customers how to use our products in energy-saving mode and providing them with the simulation service to show how they can reduce the amount of power used by their output machines as well as a service to visualize power consumption by such machines.
Technologies to help solve global environmental issues
In order to deliver safe and environment-friendly products, we are working on technologies for the efficient reuse of components and recycling of materials, power-saving technologies, and environmental technologies required in each country. In the following we introduce the specific initiatives implemented to this end.
Visualizing Environment Impact
Fuji Xerox introduced a system compatible with the system installed at Fujifilm Corporation in fiscal 2015 with a view to making reports to authorities and others in a more efficient and timely manner. We began the full-scale operation of the system in fiscal 2016. By using the system, we will expedite decision-making for environmental management by reducing the time required for data collection and tabulation to two months. In the future we will expand the management scope to include environmental impact items other than energy and waste to identify our environmental impact across the value chain.
Reducing Environmental Impact in Our Business Activities
Efforts at Production and Development Sites
In fiscal 2016, we recorded actual emissions of 140 kt-CO2Note 1. Since the Great East Japan Earthquake, we have continually sought to cut electricity use by 15% or more relative to fiscal 2010. Furthermore, in addition to the introduction of energy-conserving equipment, we improved the efficiency of manufacturing processes. Also in fiscal 2017, we will continue to introduce energy-conserving equipment at development sites and review our manufacturing processes. We will also develop energy-conserving manufacturing technologies and consider introducing these into our manufacturing processes. Through these and other efforts, we will strengthen our activities with the medium- to long-range perspective in mind.
- Note 1 We used the following figures for electricity:
Japan : The average value for all power sources published by the Federation of Electric Power Companies of Japan (between 2000 and 2014 the reference data was based on the average value for 2000; from 2015 onwards the reference data is linked to the average value in each respective year).
Overseas: Before 2015, the calculations were based on emission factors, published by the GHG Protocol. From 2015, the calculations are based on the values provided in the latest version of CO2 Emissions from Fuel Combustion (IEA) published by the OECD.
CO2 Emissions from Japan and Overseas Production and Development Sites
- Note We changed CO2 emission coefficients in fiscal 2015.
Breakdown of CO2 Emissions from Japan and Overseas Production and Development Sites (Fiscal 2016)
Efforts in Offices
In fiscal 2016, we continued to conduct activities to conserve power consumed for air-conditioning and lighting, make eco-driving efforts, and foster the Cool Biz summer dress code at the offices of our sales, services, and administrative sections in Japan and in overseas sales companies. As a result, total emissions were reduced to 70 kt-CO2. In fiscal 2017, we will achieve reductions exceeding current trends by accelerating new work style initiatives.
Electric Power Consumption in Offices (Japan and Overseas Offices)
- Note We changed CO2 emission coefficients in fiscal 2015.
Energy Sources as Percentage of CO2 Emissions (Japan and Overseas Offices, Fiscal 2016)
Initiatives at Product Logistics
In the area of product logistics, Fuji Xerox investigates how to reduce CO2 emissions in its transportation methods with the aim of meeting Fuji Xerox's 2020 greenhouse gases reduction targets.
Specific activities included improving logistic networks to increase transport efficiency and shorten transportation distances and promoting eco-driving for truck transport. As a result, CO2 emissions for fiscal 2016 were 216 kt-CO2, which achieved our target. We will continue to curb CO2 emissions and achieve the target by continuing the activities stated above.
For further reduction of greenhouse gases, Fuji Xerox is investing in overseas projects for GHG reduction under the Kyoto Mechanism, introducing green certificates including wind power generation, and promoting efficient use of electric power installing ice thermal storage system.
1.Named Best Green Company of the Year 2016
Fuji Xerox Asia Pacific (Singapore) was named the Best Green Company of the Year at the 2016 Asia Corporate Excellence & Sustainability Awards (ACES). The award was given in recognition of the fact that across the company, employees are proactively conducting the Challenge Eco No. 1 activity at their workplaces to help reduce environmental impacts by reviewing their business activities in consideration of the entire life cycles of products, while the company as a whole is making more contributions to global environmental conservation and the sustainable development of society through its business activities, including developing an international resource recycling system.
2.“Trust-Eco 1500” received a 3Rs Promotion Council President’s Prize
Fuji Xerox and Fuji Xerox Advanced Technology received a 3Rs Promotion Council President’s Prize at the FY 2016 3Rs (Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle) Promotion Merit Awards hosted by the 3Rs Promotion Council. The prize was given in recognition of the promotion of paper resource recycling by the development and sales promotion of the Trust-Eco 1500 shredder, in which the unique “tear and crush” system is adopted.
The system, thereby: (1) makes it easier to recycle documents into new paper due to the paper fibers sustaining relatively less damage compared to a conventional shredder; (2) provides a high level of security by making it virtually impossible to recover documents, and (3) compresses the torn pieces to 1/3 to 1/4 of the volume of paper shredded by conventional shredders, thereby facilitating transportation. The use of the Trust-Eco 1500, significantly contributes to the reduction of our environmental impact by reducing the incineration of wasted paper resources in the amount equivalent to 900 million sheets (estimate for fiscal 2015), which in turn reducing CO2 emissions from the incineration of such waste by 2,200 tons.
Case Study: ESG Information Management Solution: iESG
In Hong Kong, all companies listed on the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong are required to issue environmental, social and governance (ESG) reports as of 2016. The disclosure of ESG information will be increasingly required not only in Western countries but also in Asian markets.
In September 2016, Fuji Xerox (Hong Kong) achieved an industry first when it started selling the “iESG” data management and reporting system ahead of other companies in Hong Kong. This cloud-based service developed by the company’s internal expert team, allows users to collect and analyze a range of ESG-related data such as CO2 emissions or electricity usage quantity around the clock. Users scan their slips using Fuji Xerox multifunction devices, and the data are automatically registered with the system through optical character recognition (OCR). The iESG system also helps enhance data management, being equipped with approval flow and audit trail log functions. Used within Fuji Xerox (Hong Kong), the iESG system reduced the workload and errors, and cut the time required for the process by about 50%. Likewise, the system will help customers increase their productivity, particularly when combined with other solutions.