Teijin Limited (hereinafter Teijin) and Fujitsu Limited launched a joint project to realize a blockchain-based commercial platform for enhancing the environmental value of recycled materials for manufacturers.
The collaboration will promote environmentally conscious design by leveraging Teijin’s Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) Calculation Method for measuring the environmental impact of manufacturing processes across the value chain, as well as Fujitsu’s blockchain technology to collect and track primary data on environmental impact (including GHG emissions) to deliver reliable, transparent traceability.
The new platform will promote the use of recycled materials and environmentally friendly designs by providing manufacturers who design products from recycled materials with accurate information about their environmental footprint, including proof of origin of recycled materials and data on GHG emissions.
Measuring and reducing the environmental impact of manufacturing processes as well as enhancing the environmental value of recycled materials represents an ongoing challenge for players in the manufacturing industry.
To this end, manufacturers are increasingly introducing LCA throughout the life cycle of products, disclosing evaluation results, and taking proactive measures to obtain environmental labels as part of their environmental impact management strategies. The introduction of stricter environmental regulations in Europe in particular requires companies to not only adjust to additional requirements in the manufacturing process, but also to focus on environmentally friendly designs and materials.
To achieve these goals, both the government and the private sector are actively working to regulate waste disposal and develop improved recycling technologies. However, transparency and traceability of recycled materials remain an ongoing challenge, and demand for solutions for reliable information management is expected to grow amidst trends to institutionalize the verification of the usage of recycled resources.
Outline of the joint project
Teijin has established a method for calculating greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from carbon fiber and aramid fiber manufacturing processes and is also promoting initiatives related to FRP recycling. Fujitsu has a strong track record in building systems using blockchain technologies that ensure high transparency and traceability and makes it virtually impossible to falsify information.
Features of the new platform
- The new platform will improve the reliability and the environmental value of recycled materials by leveraging Fujitsu’s blockchain technology to collect and trace primary data on environmental impact (including GHG emissions) across the value-chain
- The new platform will promote the use of recycled materials and environmentally friendly designs by providing manufacturers who design products from recycled materials with environmental impact information, including proof of origin of recycled materials and highly reliable GHG emissions
As a first step in their collaboration, Teijin and Fujitsu will start full-scale trials with the aim of realizing business in the FRP field within fiscal 2022. Based on the results of these trials, the two companies will consider expanding the scope of the project for other types of materials.
Moving forward, Teijin and Fujitsu will continue to contribute to the materials industry as a starting point for the realization of a “circular economy” and will promote environmentally conscious design in society by promoting the use of reliable recycled materials.
The two parties will further promote discussions and field trials with partner companies and organizations that support this initiative to contribute to the realization of carbon neutrality on a corporate and global level.
Para lograr una sociedad sostenible, Teijin proporcionará soluciones innovadoras centradas en las personas, que mejoren la calidad de vida de éstas. Se esforzará aún más por mitigar el impacto de sus actividades empresariales en el medio ambiente y la sociedad para hacer realidad su visión a largo plazo de “ser una empresa que apoya la sociedad del futuro.” Fujitsu, por su parte, está promoviendo la “fabricación sostenible” para lograr el crecimiento a través de la coexistencia de las personas y la tierra como una de sus áreas de enfoque clave bajo su marca comercial global, Fujitsu Uvance.