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Responding to Water Risks

Policy and Guidelines on Water Risk

The Fujikura Group cites “minimize water usage and manage effluent at factories” as one of the challenge items in its Long-term Environmental Vision 2050, in order to respond to water risks. To minimize the use of water at factories, we are implementing activities under the motto “avoid use where possible, reuse, and thoroughly treat before returning water to nature.” As for effluent management, we are installing constant monitoring systems for pH, oil, and turbidity at the final release valves at manufacturing bases in Japan.
In addition, the Fujikura Group Guideline for Environmental Management Activity, which are based on the Long-Term Environmental Vision 2050, set a target of improving unit water consumption by 5% or more in fiscal 2025 compared to fiscal 2020 at all domestic and overseas consolidated companies.

Relationship between grasping the water risk area and Fujikura Group's business development

At the United Nation Water Conference held in March 2023, discussions were held to “urgently scale up action to ensure fair access to water for all”. The resulting Water Action Agenda includes more than 700 commitments to drive the transformation from a world in crisis to a world in water security.
In its 2021 report*, the United Nations Coordination Commission for Water (UN-Water) says that over the past five years, one-fifth of the world's river basins have experienced major changes in surface waters. One of the causes is the drying up of lakes in dry regions due to climate change, and the expansion of lakes due to the melting of glaciers and permafrost.
In addition, the World Meteorological Organization (World Meteorological Organization), in its 2021 report*, identifies northern China, South Asia, and the Mediterranean region as hotspots for water stress*. The Fujikura Group has business operations in China, India, and Europe, and continues to recognize the need to address water risks. In response to this, as part of our domestic Fujikura Group guidelines, we are working with the goal of reducing water usage per unit of production by 1% or more compared to fiscal 2020 (5% reduction as of 2025).

* Progress on Freshwater Ecosystems 2021:
*Water stress: Water requirements for agriculture, industry, energy and the environment are estimated at 1,700 m3 per person per year. When the amount of usable water is less than 1,700 m3, it is called "water stress," when it is less than 1,000 m3, it is called "water shortage," and when it is less than 500 m3, it is called "absolute water shortage."

Water Risks that Previously Occurred at Group Sites

In 2011, Thailand experienced a once-in-a-50-year flood that caused the Fujikura Group to suffer extensive losses at its production bases. We declared a full recovery from these floods in 2016 and based on the lessons learned, we are promoting diversification of production bases to nearby countries and the installation of water walls. Later, we included floods and droughts within our BCP activities in Thailand. In addition, we selection new manufacturing bases after fully investigating past floods and site elevation, among other factors.

Initiatives in FY 2022

Total Water Intake, Intake by Source and Usage in Japan and Overseas

The Fujikura Group makes efforts to ensure its business activities use the same amount of water as we intake.
Regarding water intake, there is no water stress in Japan due to drought, but we carry out the slope protection improvements, reinforce rainwater drainage ditches, and reinforce tidal embankments, among other initiatives as preventive measures against floods.
Water usage in 2022 was lower than in 2021 both domestically and overseas. By water source, demand for tap water and industrial water has decreased, while demand for well water has remained almost unchanged.

Water Discharge Amount in Japan

Japan groups wastewater volume in FY2022 was 1.7% lower than in FY2021. Regarding wastewater from our Japan bases, we conduct automatic monitoring of pH, turbidity, and oil content at the final effluent at almost all of our bases.