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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

We are using life-cycle assessments (LCA) to visualize the reduction of CO₂ emissions generated during the use phase of Furukawa Electric Group products by customers based on the results of calculations made when visualizing the CO₂ emissions of our core products.
In terms of the Furukawa Electric Group's core products, reductions for semiconductor lasers for optical communications are calculated based on number of units sold, while reductions for copper foil, rectangular magnet wire, and aluminum harnesses for the automotive sector are calculated based on the number of new vehicles equipped with these products sold in the market in Japan. In fiscal 2020, rectangular magnet wire (EV/HV drive motors) was excluded from this product group due to transfer of business. After including Green Trough®, a recyclable resin trough product used in the fields of railways, roads, and renewable energy, total emissions stood at approximately 157,000 tons-CO₂/year, a slight decrease compared to the previous year.
Looking forward, we will continue to monitor trends in global markets, expand sales and broaden the range of product lines/types that contribute to the creation of a social infrastructure that integrates information, energy, and mobility, and widen our efforts to address global ecological issues through our products.

Contribution of products avoided CO₂ emissions




 
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