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Efforts to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Efforts to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions

The greenhouse gas emissions of Furukawa Electric Group are mainly energy originated CO₂ emissions and the sulfur hexafluoride emissions.

In fiscal 2019, the CO₂ emissions from Furukawa Electric and the domestic group companies were 310,000 tons-CO₂e, and were reduced by 12.1% compared to those of fiscal 2017. The CO₂ emissions from the overseas group companies were 400,000 tons-CO₂e, and were reduced by 13.2 % compared to those of fiscal 2017. And the sulfur hexafluoride emissions were reduced compared to those of fiscal 2017 due to the progress in the maintenance of the test facilities, etc., and the total greenhouse gas emissions were reduced by 162 thousand tons compared to those of fiscal 2017.

To reduce carbon emissions, the Mie Works in Japan made progress in its fuel conversion initiative. The Copper Foil Division began using solar power generation equipment. Overseas, sites in Mexico, China and India are making progress in their use of solar power. In Europe and the Philippines, contracts for the use of renewable energy are being promoted.

Greenhouse gas emissions

Solar power panels installed by FURMEX (started operation in January 2019)

(note) For purchased electricity, the overseas CO₂ emission coefficient for each country provided by the IEA (International Energy Agency) is used.

(note) The Japanese CO₂ emission coefficient is used except for purchased electricity. Emissions of greenhouse gases other than CO₂ are converted to CO₂ emissions using Global Warming Potential (GWP).

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Use of the Renewable Energy

Use of the Renewable Energy

Furukawa Nikko Power Generation Inc. of Furukawa Electric Group possesses the four power plants and is supplying the hydroelectric power. It covers 100% of the power used in Nikko Works and the copper strips are manufactured using the hydroelectric power.

In fiscal 2019, Furukawa Automotive Systems Lima Philippines, Inc., an overseas Group company, has changed to using geothermal power. Furukawa Minda Electric Private and Furukawa Mexico S.A. De C.V., installed and began using solar power generation equipment.

Renewable energy accounted for 18% of the energy used at the domestic Group companies in fiscal 2019. Globally, including overseas operations, renewable energy was 11% of the total energy used. We will strive to increase the percentage of renewable energy that we use.

Renewable energy ratio (Furukawa Electric and domestic group companies)

Efforts on Energy Saving in Factories

Furukawa Electric Group's energy usage rate was about 20% for fuel and about 80% for electricity. In particular, we achieved energy saving in the manu facturing process with high energy usage ratio. We replaced conventional equipment with more efficient production process and higher efficiency equipment. We implemented measures such as heat insulation of the high temperature section of equipment considering energy balance. Also, the factory building LED lighting is proceeding in accordance with the schedule.。

Energy consumption

Initiatives in Logistics

The transportation amount in Furukawa Electric Group was 213 million ton-kilometers during fiscal 2019. Among this amount, the Company transported 128 million tonkilometers which was increased by 8.4% in comparison with fiscal 2017, and the CO₂ emissions were increased by 7.6% which is 14,900 tons-CO₂. The specific consumption showed a 0.7% of rise in comparison with fiscal 2017. We will continue to promote modal shift, increase loading ratios and encourage the joint shipping.

CO₂emissions and energy intensity related to transportation (Furukawa Electric)

Internal Carbon Pricing In fiscal 2019, we began estimating internal carbon pricing. By making the prices in each business division visible, we are preparing for decarbonization and working to avoid climate change risks.

Measures to Disclose Environmental Information

Furukawa Electric Group has been answering to enquiries from CDP, which is representing our institutional investors, on CDP climate change since fiscal 2008 and on CDP water since fiscal 2013. In fiscal 2019, our CDP climate change score was B and CDP water score was B.

As a response to the customers utilizing the CDP supply chain program, in order to maintain and improve the CDP scores, we will continue to expand the environmental information disclosure contents and make the reliability higher. Due to the cooperation of those involved, we received an A rating from the CDP Supplier Engagement Rating in fiscal 2019.
We also continue our participation in the environmental information disclosure infrastructure development project of the Ministry of the Environment and continue our collaboration with The Japanese Electric Wire & Cable Makers’ Association and the Japan Copper and Brass Association.

Greenhouse gas emissions of CDP disclosure (103 tons-CO₂e/year)

Greenhouse gas emissions are verified by a third party. The fiscal 2019 results regarding sulfur hexafluoride in Scope 1 and Categories 1, 2, 3, 6 and 7 of Scope 3 were verified by third parties. The base year was fiscal 2017. Parts of the water resources evaluation also underwent third-party verification.

Verification Statement of Greenhouse Gas Assertions

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