Initiatives Related to Water Resource
Aiming to conserve water resources, Fuji Seal Group is developing technologies and supplying products that not only properly manage water during manufacturing, but also reduce water usage in the entire supply chain. Starting in fiscal 2021, we have set voluntary standards that are stricter than the regulations, and we are striving to control the quality of wastewater during manufacturing. We have also set targets related to sales of environmentally friendly products, including the provision of packaging machinery that enables customers to reduce water use in their processes.
Company-wide Targets for Water
Reduction of Water Consumption
Fuji Seal Group strives to provide products that have a small environmental impact and can be used with confidence by consumers by promoting appropriate resource management and recycling of water. Our plants in Japan use recycled water in part of the production process. The washing water used in our plants is filtered and recycled at least 10 tons/day.
Investigation Results on Water Usage
Investigation of water risk at manufacturing sites
Water risk assessment at Fuji Seal Group utilizes the "WRI Aqueduct" provided by World Resources Institute (WRI) to identify areas of high water risk, such as drought, for each site. Areas with "Extremely high risk" in "Overall water risk" on the WRI Aqueduct are defined as areas with high overall water risk, such as drought. There were no production sites with high overall water risk in our 2022 survey. We will continue to conduct investigation using the WRI Aqueduct on a regular basis in order to understand the water risk at our manufacturing sites.
In addition, the executive officer in charge of each region (Japan, America, Europe, and ASEAN) reports to the Board of Directors and in monthly reports on any abnormalities in water quality at each plant or other location that could hinder operations.
Under the direction of the CEO, executive officers and the organization address water-related issues. The Group Sustainability Committee, chaired by the COO, identifies and addresses water-related management risks by setting environmental targets, promoting action plans, checking progress, and evaluating achievement.
Water related Opportunities
Application machines of shrink labels use steam to heat the labels to shrink. Therefore, we see the potential to increase machine sales by developing machines that use less water (steam) as a water-related opportunity in FSG.
Specifically, we have developed a high-efficiency steam tunnel with the goal of reducing water usage. By replacing normal steam with superheated steam, we are able to achieve thermal shrinkage using less steam than before. Water consumption has been reduced by 60% compared to our existing machines, bringing the cumulative CO2 reduction by reducing water (steam) usage was 8,091 tons over the three-year period from 2017 to 2021. This high-efficiency steam tunnel was launched in 2009 and has been adopted by many of our customers.
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