Fujifilm Manufacturing U.S.A. has completed its methane gas utilization project to reclaim methane gas from a local community landfill to power approximately 40 percent of its primary U.S. manufacturing complex in Greenwood, South Carolina. Fujifilm expects to reduce CO2 emissions by about 15,000 tons or 13 percent per year at its facilities in Greenwood.
As one step to reduce greenhouse gas emissions at its facilities worldwide, Fujifilm aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the U.S. by 15 percent by 2012.
Fujifilm uses the gas in two of its specially equipped boilers with a dual-burner system that can be switched back and forth between landfill source methane and natural gas. Fujifilm plans to use at least 197 billion BTUs of energy from the landfill per year. According to the EPA (using national averages), this amount of energy would provide annual heating for over 5,000 homes.
Globally, Fujifilm has committed to reduce carbon dioxide emissions 40 percent from its 1990 numbers by 2012, and is pursuing new energy fuels that will prevent global warming. The company recently announced plans to develop a wind farm in Tilburg, The Netherlands, to supply a portion of the electricity needs of Fujifilm Manufacturing Europe B.V., which manufactures color photo paper and offset printing plates.