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Sustainability Services reduce the energy consumption at NSW Office of Environment and Heritage

"Fujitsu is a leader in this area and provided very clear guidance on how data centres operate and how we can measure energy performance accurately. The knowledge and skills it provided enabled us to focus on practical issues.”"

Tom Grosskopf, Metropolitan Branch Director, NSW Office of Environment and Heritage

The customer

The Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH) is the NSW government agency charged with protecting and conserving NSW’s natural environment, Aboriginal country and culture as well as built heritage. It also manages NSW national parks and reserves.

Sustainability is at the heart of the OEH’s strategic vision. It researches, reports, educates and enables, providing support to communities, business and government to make positive changes to the environment.

OEH acts as the national administrator of NABERS on behalf of the other Australian state governments, and the national government.

The challenge

NABERS is Australia’s national programme for benchmarking the sustainability of building operations. Having identified the data centre sector as a significant and growing energy consumer, they wanted to introduce a tool to accurately evaluate the energy performance of data centres.

The solution

NABERS convened an industry technical working group to develop the tool. Like their other tools it would:

  • Be based on annual third party verified data
  • Use a 1-6 star scale, where 3 is average and 6 is market leading
  • Be aligned to responsibilities within the building
  • Measure energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions

As a market leader, Fujitsu were invited to the group where it played an influential role, providing expert guidance on the variables that influence data centre energy consumption and taking the team on tour of their facilities.

The benefit

  • Data centres can now have their facilities rated, giving customers a transparent view of their energy efficient and emissions
  • NABERS ratings for office buildings are well established in Australia, high ratings provide a competitive advantage, incentivising businesses to reduce energy use
  • With ratings of between 3 and 4 stars, Fujitsu is saving more than 13 gigawatt hours of electricity per year while reducing emissions by 27 per cent, compared to the market average

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Read the full NSW OEH case study (233 KB/A4, 2 pages)