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Environmentally Friendly Products

Environmentally Friendly Products

Environmentally Friendly Products and the e-Friendly Accreditation System

The Group defines environmentally friendly products as products (and services) that contribute to reducing environmental impact or have positive effect on the environment throughout the entire product lifecycle.

For the products compatible with the environmentally friendly products, the environmental mark “e-Friendly” is displayed on the exterior and the catalogues to encourage their adoption.

Categories of Environmentally Friendly Products

Furukawa Electric Group's environmentally friendly products belong to one of four categories described below.

Category Content
Prevention of global warming
(Only available in Japanese)
Products with functions that contribute to the reduction or absorption / fixation of the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions through the entire life cycle, or products that have reduced the greenhouse gas in its manufacturing processes.
Zero emission
(Only available in Japanese)
Products made from recycled materials, products designed with easy to-recycle components, products made from materials or with design facilitating volume reduction for lowering waste volume, products designed to share common components with other products or products designed as common components, products that have reduced waste volume in any one of all manufacturing processes.
Elimination of materials that have an impact on the environment
(Only available in Japanese)
The products that meet one of the followings.
  1. Products that do not use the ozone-depleting substances in all its fabrication processes.
  2. Products that contain environmentally hazardous substances less than the regulation stated value.
  3. Products that do not generate the environmentally hazardous substances exceeding the regulation stated values on using or disposing.
Resource savings
(Only available in Japanese)
Products that result in overall energy savings by such means as reducing the use of raw materials and components as well as scarce resources, featuring enhanced longevity, allowing easier product and component maintenance, and reducing the use for resources in packaging.

From Application to Registration: The Registration of Environmentally Friendly Products

To register products as environmentally friendly, products must go through an application and examination process in their business division and then be examined by the Environmentally Friendly Product Committee.

The criteria that products have to meet to be registered as an environmentally friendly product is an overall improvement of environmental performance when compared with existing products based on established evaluation criteria at each stage of the product’s lifecycle: the purchase of raw materials and parts, production, use, distribution and disposal.

Expanding Environmentally Friendly Products

In order to increase the ratio of the environmentally friendly products in all the products of Furukawa Electric Group, we set targets based on percentage of sales, and confirm our progress and success on this basis.

Environmentally friendly products as a percentage of sales (note)

(note) In fiscal 2018, the rule for the environmentally friendly products was revised (The products that reduced the greenhouse gas (GHG) in the manufacturing process, etc.) and was reflected in the aggregate calculation.

Efforts to Contribute to the Environmental Impact Reduction by the Products

Furukawa Electric Group is working to visualize the reduction amount of CO2 emission at the final stage of the usage after our components are installed in the customer's products, based on the calculation result of the CO2 emissions “visualization” of the main products by utilizing the Life Cycle Assessment (LCA).

The total reduction of CO2 emissions is estimated from the sales volume of semiconductor lasers in the optical communications field, the Group’s mainstay product, and the sales volume of new cars in the domestic market in the automobile field, which manufactures copper foil, rectangular wires and aluminum harnesses. This fiscal year, the sales volume of Green Trough®, a trough made from recycled resin, which was used in the fields of rail transportation, roads and renewable energy, was included in the calculation. The overall reduction is estimated to be approximately 160,000 tons of CO2 per year.

Going forward, we will closely monitor global market trends and strive to increase the sales of products that create social infrastructure integrating information, energy and mobility and to expand the types of products that contribute to the conservation of the environment. Through initiatives like these, we will step up our efforts to address global environmental issues.

Contribution of products avoided CO₂ emissions

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