FUJIFILM – SOUTH CAROLINA LANDFILL GAS SYSTEM OPENS

  

GREENWOOD, S.C., June 25, 2009 -- FUJIFILM Manufacturing, U.S.A., Inc., announced two years ago its intention to purchase methane gas from the Greenwood County Landfill through Methane Credit, and today company officials joined by local government leaders and guests celebrated the project’s completion at the Greenwood County Landfill. Methane Credit obtained the gas rights from the landfill to capture, convert and sell methane gas from the Greenwood County Landfill to fire boilers at the company’s manufacturing complex. This is one of the many steps the FUJIFILM Corporation is taking as a whole to reduce greenhouse emissions at all of its facilities worldwide.

“The completion of this project is a major accomplishment and a step in the right direction for the environment,” said FUJIFILM president Shin Kataoka. “The landfill gas to energy project goes a long way toward meeting our global target for reducing the amount of greenhouse gasses being released into the atmosphere,” Kataoka continued.

The landfill gas to energy project is the result of the work of FUJIFILM’s Eco-Efficiency Team to reduce greenhouse gas emissions,” Said Johnny Udo Director of Environmental, Health & Safety for Fujifilm – South Carolina. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency indicates that methane is a very potent greenhouse gas that is 21 times stronger in trapping heat in the atmosphere than carbon-dioxide thereby contributing to local smog and global climate change. Utilization of this existing energy source will help reduce landfill emissions. This system will reduce Fujifilm’s natural gas usage and relieve some of the demand on this limited natural resource.

“Celebrating the completion of this project is very rewarding,” said Robbie Templeton, Chairman of Greenwood County Council. “All of the parties involved in this project have been cooperative and a pleasure to work with,” Templeton continued. The County needed to reduce or eliminate emissions from the Landfill to comply with Environmental Protection Agency regulations. The County’s options were to flare (burn-off) the gas at the landfill or to find an end-user to take the gas for beneficial consumption. Methane Credit, a landfill energy developer, was selected by the County to find a user of the gas and build the project.

The pipeline runs from the Greenwood County Landfill on Siloam Church Road to the FUJIFILM complex on SC Hwy 246. Fujifilm uses the gas in at least two of its boilers with a dual burner system that can be switched back and forth between landfill source methane to natural gas purchased from the Commission of Public Works.

FUJIFILM plans to use 197 billion Btu’s 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. The amount of CO2 emissions destroyed and avoided would be equal to the emissions from over 17,000 vehicles each year.

FUJIFILM Manufacturing U.S.A., Inc., began manufacturing operations in South Carolina in 1988. The Greenwood manufacturing complex is currently comprised of five high technology manufacturing plants, the Greenwood Research Laboratories, and the largest Fujifilm distribution center in the world. The 1,000 Associates employed at the 500-acre complex currently manufacture digital and conventional pre-sensitized plates, QuickSnap one-time-use recyclable cameras, and color photographic paper.

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