Responding to Water Risks
According to OECD, with the increases in global human population and economic activity, demand for water is predicted to increase by 55%. With water becoming scarce due to climate change, dangerous conditions are expected. Fujikura has offered our long-term environmental vision, "Minimize Factory Water Use and Manage Waste Water", promoting activities based around the phrases: Don't use. Re-use. Keep it clean.
Water Response Principles
Water Risk Field and the Group's Business Development
The figure is from 2014, but the water risk is rising in areas like Africa, China, India, and Europe. The Fujikura Group has business developments in China, India, and Europe and responses to the water risk will become necessary.
*Water stress: The water necessary per person for agriculture, industry, and energy in a year is 1,700m3. When supply goes below that amount, the condition is called "water stress". When the amount goes below 1,000m3 the condition is "water inadequacy", and when it goes below 500m3, the condition is "absolute water inadequacy".
Water Risk of Group Bases
In Thailand in 2011, a once-in-50-year flood occurred. The Fujikura Group suffered heavy losses, but learning from that, we are promoting diversification of production bases, installation of water walls, etc. in response.
Water Intake Quantity
The total amount of water intake and water sources is displayed in figures 1 and 2.
The amount of water used domestically and overseas was less in fiscal year 2016 than 2015. As for water sources, well water slightly increased and tap water and industrial use water both decreased. Domestic total use was reduced by 1.1% compared to fiscal year 2015.
The Group's Water Intake and Environmental Effects
No outstanding environmental effects were recognized from water intake.
CDP Water Solutions
In fiscal year 2016, the CDP requested solutions regarding water, and answers were given by domestic workplaces. Differing from fiscal year 2015, 2016 saw restructuring of business and inclusion of workplaces not within the normal scope so the use of water increased. In fiscal year 2016, we instructed those businesses and their water use is currently decreasing steadily. In fiscal year 2015, there was a leak of soapy water, but in FY2016 installation of continuous monitoring devices of pH, turbidity, and oil levels in workplaces, including the plant in question, progressed. From now on, Fujikura look to clarify water risks in domestic production bases and gathered data in overseas production bases.