FUJIFILM Set for Wind PowerJanuary 16, 2009
VALHALLA, N.Y.—FUJIFILM and Evelop, the project development division of sustainable energy solutions company Econcern, have signed a letter of intent for the development of a corporate wind farm at FUJIFILM's European plate manufacturing operation in Tilburg, the Netherlands.
Once complete, the wind farm will produce between 15,000 and 24,000 megawatt hours of energy per year, enough to provide between 10 and 20 percent of the energy needed to power FUJIFILM's production plant in Tilburg, where the wind farm will be located. The letter of intent marks the start of the project, with the first wind turbines expected to be operational by 2011. This follows an announcement earlier in the year of a $127 million investment in a third plate line at the site, to be completed by January 2010.
With this project, FUJIFILM hopes to reduce its carbon footprint, to construct between three and five wind turbines on the Netherlands site, and to stimulate similar projects by neighboring companies.
"This is further proof of our commitment to environmental issues," says Graham Leeson, marketing manager at FUJIFILM Graphic Systems in the UK. "FUJIFILM prides itself on its commitment to the environment and the way in which we work in partnership with our customers in a responsible, environmentally friendly way. The results of our work have been internationally recognized with listings on the Dow Jones Sustainability and FTSE4Good global indices. Not only do we try and help our customers to be more environmentally aware, but we also practice what we preach and the planned wind farm is very much evidence of this."