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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 2020, the CO₂ emissions of the Japan group companies totaled 288,000 tons-CO₂e, an 18.3% decrease from fiscal 2017. CO₂ emissions of the overseas group companies totaled 331,000 tons-CO₂e, a decrease of 26.5% from fiscal 2017. In addition, sulfur hexafluoride emissions were reduced compared to fiscal 2017 through progress made in the establishment of test facilities etc., and total greenhouse gas emissions were reduced by 249,000 tons compared to fiscal 2017.
Furukawa Electric Group has established "Furukawa Electric Group Environmental Vision 2050" for 2050, aiming to contribute to a decarbonized society by reducing greenhouse gases along the entire value chain and promoting the use of renewable energy such as hydroelectric power and solar power throughout the group, both in Japan and overseas. Solar power generation facilities have been installed at Furukawa Electric's Copper Foil Division and Mie Works, at the Japan group company Totoku Electric Co., Ltd., and at overseas group companies including manufacturing bases in Mexico, China, and India. Additionally, we also use electricity generated by geothermal power at our manufacturing bases in the Philippines. In April 2021, the Hiratsuka Works began using green power generated by hydroelectric power plants. Furukawa Electric will reduce CO₂ emissions during the manufacturing process of our products and contribute to the reduction of greenhouse gases throughout the value chain.

Greenhouse gas emissions

Solar power panels installed by Mie Works
(started operation in April 2021)

Solar power panels installed by TOTOKU Electric Co., Ltd.
(started operation in January 2021)

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Use of the Renewable Energy

Use of the Renewable Energy

Furukawa Electric Group member Furukawa Nikko Power Generation Inc. owns four power plants and supplies hydroelectric power. This provides 100% of the electricity consumed by the Nikko Works, which uses hydroelectric power to produce copper strip products.
In fiscal 2020, renewable energy accounted for 16.5% of the Japan group’s consumption and 10.3% of the overseas group’s consumption. The renewable energy ratio in fiscal 2020 declined primarily due to the renewal of power generators and waterways started in January 2021. We will continue our efforts to increase the ratio of renewable energy use by implementing proper conservation measures through fiscal 2022.

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

In fiscal 2020, the Japan group’s freight transport volume was 187 million ton-kilometers.
Furukawa Electric accounted for 118 million ton-kilometers of the total, down 15.6% from fiscal 2017, and CO₂ emissions fell 15.4% to 13,700 tons-CO₂. Freight energy intensity increased 0.5% from fiscal 2017. We will continue to promote modal shifts, improve loading ratios, and promote joint distribution.

CO₂emissions and energy intensity related to transportation (Furukawa Electric)

Internal Carbon Pricing

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 answers questionnaires from the CDP group of institutional investors, responding to the CDP Climate Change questionnaire since fiscal 2008 and the CDP Water questionnaire since fiscal 2013. In fiscal 2020, we received a CDP Climate Change rating of A, and a CDP Water rating of B.
In order to support customers making use of CDP supply chain programs, we will participate in explanatory meetings and workshops, and to maintain and improve our CDP score, we will continue to expand the scope of environmental data we release and enhance our reliability. In fiscal 2020, we received a score of A in the CDP Supplier Engagement Rating for two consecutive years, thanks to the cooperative efforts of all relevant parties. We also participate in the Ministry of the Environment’s Environmental Reporting Platform Development Pilot Project and collaborate 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)

In the third-party verification of greenhouse gas emissions in fiscal 2020, compared to fiscal 2017 (the base year), we carried out verification of Scope 1 sulfur hexafluoride emissions and Categories 1–3, 6, and 7 of Scope 3 emissions to report on the fiscal 2020 results. All energy and some water resources have also been verified.

DFF Inc., 総務・CSR本部 サステナビリティ推進室, 戦略本部 人事部, ものづくり改革本部 安全環境推進室, ものづくり改革本部 資材部, ものづくり改革本部 品質管理推進室, 研究開発本部 企画部, 財務・グローバル マネジメント本部 IR・広報, 総務・CSR本部 CSR推進部, 総務・CSR本部 法務部
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