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Fuji Xerox Wins Industrial Science and Technology
Policy and Environment Bureau Director-General's
Prize and Encouragement Prize of
Award for 3R (Reduce, Reuse and Recycle)-Oriented,
Sustainable Technology

Receives Recognition of the Resource Recycling System
and CO2 Emission Control by Parts Reuse




TOKYO, October 9, 2007 – Fuji Xerox Co., Ltd. has been awarded both the Industrial Science and Technology Policy and Environment BureauNote 1 Director-General's Prize and Encouragement Prize at the Award for 3R (Reduce, Reuse and Recycle)-Oriented, Sustainable Technology hosted by Clean Japan Center. Fuji Xerox President Tadahito Yamamoto attended the awarding ceremony in Tokyo on October 5 to receive the awards from Toru Ishida, director-general of the Bureau.

Note 1: A bureau under the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry of Japan

The Director-General's Prize was gained for the International Resource Recycling System that Fuji Xerox operates in the Asia-Pacific (AP) regionNote 2. Under the system, Fuji Xerox takes responsibility for recovering its used products in the region for the purpose of thorough resource recycling. It was recognized as an all-new recycling model that makes a significant contribution to the creation of a global recycling-based society.

Note 2: Australia, New Zealand, South Korea, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Hong Kong and Thailand.

The Encouragement Prize was gained for the introduction and popularization of DocuCentre C2100, a resource recycling-oriented color multifunction device that realizes a parts reuse rate of more than 60 percent. This is achieved through further development of reuse technology amid the increasing shift from monochrome to color in the copy machine market. Fuji Xerox received critical acclaim for manufacturing and selling around 10,000 units in fiscal 2006, which has made a significant contribution to building a recycling-based society.

As a result, Fuji Xerox has achieved a reduction in CO2 emissions of 22,300t-CO2 Note 3 due to parts reuse including cartridges. At the same time, a surplus of 380 million yen was recorded in the environmental accounting of the resource recycling system in fiscal 2006, up around threefold compared with 130 million yen in the previous fiscal year Note 4.

Note 3: To include the amount of CO2 emitted in the production process of components, the figure was computed converting the cost saved from not purchasing new parts into the amount of CO2 using inter-industry tables.
Note 4: The cost saved by not purchasing new parts resulted from parts reuse is accounted here as Fuji Xerox considers that only the parts reuse contributes to environmental preservation and brings about economic benefit to the environment in the environmental accounting.

As part of corporate societal responsibility (CSR) efforts, Fuji Xerox formulated a product recycling policy that promotes resource recycling aimed at "zero landfill" of used products, being the first in Japan to achieve the goal in August 2000.

As a global company, Fuji Xerox established the international resource recycling system boasting an equivalent level of quality to the system in Japan. Under the system, the company's cartridges and used products such as copy machines and printers are recovered from the nine AP countries and region, thoroughly disassembled, sorted and recycled. Full-fledged operation of the system commenced in December 2004.

In addition, by March 2007, Fuji Xerox had recovered around 55,000 units of used products, dismantled and classified them into 70 categories, including iron, aluminum, lens, glass and copper, together with the cartridges, for recycling. This equates to approximately 9,000 tons of resources.

In line with the rapid shift to colorization in the copy machine market in recent years, Fuji Xerox collects increased number of used color devices. Fuji Xerox has been a pioneer in product recycling, anticipating market trends with the production of resource-recycled products that incorporate reused parts in not only monochrome but also color copy machines since 1997.

While collecting more color devices, Fuji Xerox promotes product planning to leverage those used products as well as the design and development of manufacturing technology aimed at enhancing the parts reuse rate. In fiscal 2006, Fuji Xerox launched the DocuCentre C2100, which achieves a parts reuse rate of more than 60 percent, manufacturing more than 10,000 units in single year.
 

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