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Waste Reduction, Resource Use Minimization, and Recycling

Reducing Waste

Basic Concept of  Efficient Use of Resources

Furukawa Electric Group has incorporated the promotion of resource conservation and recycling into the "Basic Environmental Policy" and has been working to reduce waste, minimize the use of resources, and recycle. As for waste reduction, the Group began activities to reduce the amount of non-recyclable waste in FY 1993. Since FY 2001, we have been promoting zero emission activities. As of FY 2014, we have been promoting activities to reduce the total amount of waste generated, including valuable resources. We will continue to work on more efficient use of resources in order to contribute to realizing a recycling-based society for resources.

Targets and Achievements

Targets and achievements for FY 2020 are shown in "Targets and Performance of Environmental Conservation Activities". In FY 2020, the basic unit of waste reduction per net sales for Japan group companies increased by 1.2% compared to FY 2017. We are working to reduce the generation of waste in the production process, such as by introducing waste liquid treatment facilities to reduce waste liquid. In February 2022, The Group has revised its "Environmental Targets 2030" and also established new targets for the reduction of consumption of new materials(note1) and single-use plastics(note2) by 2030.

Total amount of waste generated

(note1) New material: virgin materials for electrolytic copper, new aluminum ingots, and plastics, etc.

(note2) Single-use plastic: disposable plastics used in containers, plastic bags, etc.

Initiatives

Recycling of Electric Wires and Optical Cables at FETEC

Furukawa Electric Ecotech Co., Ltd. (FETEC), one of our group companies,  is in the business of recycling waste electric wires and optical cables by separating them into metal and plastic. FETEC has an established system for collecting waste electric wires, and almost 100% of metals such as copper, which is a conductive material, are recycled. The coating material is also recycled from recycled plastic back into the wire coating. In addition, FETEC is developing technologies to improve the accuracy of material separation and pursuing application technologies to expand the effective use of recycled products, and is continuing to take on the challenge of reducing the waste of wires and cables to as close to "zero" as possible.

Research and Development of Recycling Technology at Furukawa Electric

Since 1990, Furukawa Electric has actively worked to use recycled materials including cable waste and plastic packaging and containers. In 2019, The Company developed a single-process technology for upcycling difficult-to-recycle disposable plastic products and wastepaper into reinforced plastic. Cellulose Fibre, the main component of paper, and plastic typically do not blend well, but when uitilising Furukawa Electric’s Advanced Paper Fibre Upcycling (APFU) technology to break down the paper into loose cellulose fibers while blending it with plastic, it is possible to upcycle these materials into plastic with about twice the strength as the original plastic. With the aim of expanding the use of this technology, we are partnering with government agencies in Japan and abroad, as well as the plastic and recycling industries. For example, The company is participating in WIPO GREEN, a platform for technology exchange related to environmental conservation operated by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) of the United Nations, and has registered this technology. By promoting technology exchange through the use of intellectual property, we will contribute to the spread of environment-related technologies.

Reduction and Recycling of Plastic Waste at Furukawa Electric Group

The Group engages in the recycling of plastic waste for biodiversity conservation, resource saving, and climate change prevention. In addition, the Group makes efforts to monitor and reduce the used amount of single-use plastics.

External Collaboration

The Group has been participating in the following initiatives for resource conservation.

  • Japan Clean Ocean Material Alliance (CLOMA)
  • WIPO GREEN

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