Conserving nature is very important for the life of plants, animals and human beings living on earth. Circular production and consumption ensures a low impact on nature around us and helps conserving nature.
Often, a Facility Manager is in direct contact with the supply and waste lines of a company such as network operators and waste management companies. This enables a Facility Manager to influence and reduce the carbon footprint of the company.
During the construction of a new factory for Fujifilm there was a demand for sand to use as filling material for the soil. The Fujifilm site covers an area of 61 acres in total, so the decision was made to extract the sand from their own terrain. To do this in a sustainable way Fujifilm created a pond. This pond now lies in a wooded area and is a home to all different kind of birds and fish. Another great example of Fujifilm is one of the factories that was used to produce photographic film up until 2005. After shutting down the production of film, the factory was closed but still under control of Facilities Management. Despite the factory being empty it still costed Fujifilm approximately €200,000 per annum. The Facilities Manager considered a new destination for the building, selling the building and renting out the building. However, none of these options were executable nor profitable. The decision was made to demolish the building with a zero-waste policy. The waste management goals of Fujifilm focus on recycling and reusing. The project of demolishing the factory has been outsourced with these goals in mind and the condition that nothing should end up as waste. Contractor R. accepted this assignment. Under these conditions Fujifilm sold the factory for a serious amount of money. The contractor demolished the factory which left an open field on the Fujifilm site. This field remains in place and is uncut so that a friendly environment for bees and other animals is created.