Management of Chemical Substances
Release and transfer amount of the chemical substance specified as the first kind in the PRTR Act
Among chemical substances of materials of products and those used in the manufacturing processes by Fujikura and other group companies in Japan, the release and transfer of the chemical substances in amounts of one ton or more as provided in the PRTR Act are notified to the government by each of the manufacturing sites.In fiscal 2010, the PRTR Act was revised and the number of specified chemical substances was increased from 354 to 462. In fiscal 2014, the total release and transfer amount of the chemical substance specified as the first kind from Fujikura and 21 other domestic group companies came to 28 tons, down by 27% in dealing amount and by 14% in releasing and transferring amount compared to fiscal 2010 owing to the reduction of use of solvents and plasticizers.
The main chemical substances that we treat include antimony, lead compounds, and bis (2-ethylhexyl) phthalate, which are all used as additives to plastics and rubber materials, and xylene and toluene used in ink solvents and in gasoline for transporting vehicles. To reduce the release and transfer of these chemical substances, we will discontinue the use of lead and foster the use of eco-friendly substances in our products, and convert them to alternative materials.
Note: PRTR（Pollutant Release and Transfer Register）Act: Act on Confirmation, etc. of Release Amounts of Specific Chemical Substances in the Environment and Promotion of Improvements to the Management Thereof