FUJIFILM - South Carolina takes major step to reduce greenhouse gas emmisions

  

GREENWOOD, SC – June 27, 2007 – FUJIFILM Manufacturing U.S.A., Inc., today announced it has entered into a ten-year agreement with methane Credit LLC to purchase methane gas from the Greenwood County Landfill. Methane Credit has the gas rights from the landfill and will capture, convert, and sell methane gas from the Greenwood County Landfill to fire boilers at the company's manufacturing complex. Methane gas, the most potent greenhouse gas (GHG) pollutant is the direct result of the decomposition over time of solid waste in the landfill. The Methane will be destroyed as the gas is burned in the boiler system by Fujifilm.

"The FUJIFILM family of companies is working hard to increase our efficiencies while decreasing greenhouse gas emissions globally," said FUJIFILM president Nick Sekiguchi. "Fujifilm - South Carolina's current operations are environmentally conscious," Sekiguchi continued, "The landfill gas to energy project will go a long way toward meeting our global target for reducing the amount of greenhouse gasses being released into the atmosphere."

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.

"We are extremely happy this project worked out," said Robbie Templeton, Chairman of Greenwood COunty Council. "Once again, FUJIFILM proves itself to be one of our best corporate citizens," Templeton continued. The County was facing a deadline imposed by the Environmental Protection Agency to reduce or eliminate emissions from the Landfill. 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 plan calls for a pipeline to be run from the Greenwood County Landfill on Siloam Church Road to the FUJIFILM complex on SC Hwy 246. Fujifilm will retrofit 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.

About FUJIFILM

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 1,100 Associates employed at the 500-acre complex currently manufacture digital and conventional pre-sensitized plates, QuickSnap one-time-use recyclable cameras, color photographic paper, medical imaging products, and projection screens.

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