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Chemical Substance Management

Chemical Substance Management

Basic Concept of Chemical Substance Management

Furukawa Electric Group has incorporated the reduction of environmentally hazardous substances into its Basic Environmental Policy, and has been working to reduce emissions of hazardous chemical substances in manufacturing processes and to properly manage chemical substances. The Group has also been working on environment-friendly procurement and management of chemical substances contained in products in compliance with related laws and regulations. We will continue to work to further reduce our environmental impact.

Targets and Achievements

As a domestic Group activity target for FY 2020, we worked to reduce emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOC). In FY 2020, emissions by Japan group companies decreased by 11.4% from the previous year. We will continue to take action to suppress emissions in our production processes and other activities, as well as reduce the use of target substances.

Initiatives

Appropriate Management of Chemical Substances in Manufacturing Processes

We confirm the handling precautions and applicable laws and regulations for chemical substances used in Furukawa Electric Group manufacturing processes using GHS labels and SDS (safety data sheets), and manage these substances accordingly. Additionally, in accordance with the PRTR Law (note 1), we are working to ascertain the amounts of substances handled, transferred, and released.

Management of Chemical Substances Contained in Products

Response to Customer Requests

Furukawa Electric Group has participated in JAMP (note 2) since 2009, and is implementing group-wide environmental inspections based on the latest information from the JAMP chemSHERPA (note 3) management target substance list, which concerns management of chemical substances contained in products. We also monitor trends in laws and regulations covering the chemical substances contained in products and compile and update data as it becomes available, allowing us to respond promptly to customer requests.

Response to Overseas Regulations and Management of Chemical Substances Contained in Products

Furukawa Electric Group has established a system for managing chemical substances contained in products at its major bases and group companies, and is strengthening environmental product regulations, identifying environmental risks that must be reduced, and implementing measures according to the significance of the risks.
Regarding compliance with the EU REACH environmental product regulations
In fiscal 2020, we conducted product environmental inspections of 211 substances that are candidates for approval up to the 24th SVHC list of the EU REACH product environmental laws and regulations.

Green Procurement Activities

With regards to procurement of raw materials, components, and intermediate products used in Furukawa Electric Group products, we confirm that suppliers have established management systems for chemical substances contained in products and evaluate how these systems are being operated, based on business division Green Procurement Guidelines(note 4). We also confirm the survey data of chemical products contained in products based on updated information regarding product environmental laws and regulations in order to purchase appropriate products.

(note 1) PRTR Law: Law Concerning Reporting, etc. of Releases to the Environment of Specific Chemical Substances and Promoting Improvements in Their Management

(note 2) JAMP: Joint Article Management Promotion-consortium

(note 3) chemSHERPA stands for "chemical information SHaring and Exchange under Reporting PArtnership in supply chain". This is a joint communication scheme currently operated by JAMP that communicates information on chemical substances contained in products throughout the supply chain, from upstream companies to downstream companies.

(note 4) The Group has established "Green Procurement Guideline", which indicates that the Group will preferentially and continuously procure environment-friendly products that lead to biodiversity conservation, forest conservation, and resource conservation.

Data

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