Fujitsu Group Environmental Action Plan
Operating Environment and Growth Strategy
Changing Environmental Activities in Line with Our Business Model Transformation
Originally a manufacturer of telecommunications equipment, Fujitsu developed into a global ICT enterprise with vertically integrated operations in three sectors: Technology Solutions offers a range of IT-based services and solutions, Ubiquitous Solutions designs and manufactures products such as PCs and mobile phones, and Device Solutions is responsible for developing the semiconductor business. Structural reforms undertaken since FY 2015 have channeled most management resources into the core sector of Technology Solutions. In FY 2019, Fujitsu repositioned itself as a Digital Transformation (DX) enterprise that aims to make full use of digital technologies in the creation of innovative services and business processes.
The nature of the Fujitsu Group’s environmental impact has changed as a result of this modified business model. As an example, most energy consumption in the past was linked to the manufacture of PCs and our semiconductor and electronic component operations, but that requirement is declining significantly. Conversely, the expansion of cloud computing and the Internet of Things (IoT) is driving increased power consumption in data centers, and this growing trend is expected to continue. We are therefore focusing at present on energy conservation, efficiency enhancements and the use of renewable energy in our data centers. In this way, the Fujitsu Group implements environmental activities that respond to the demands of society while also supporting the corporate growth strategy.
Operating as a Responsible Global Corporate Citizen
Recent years have seen a further ramping up of demand for initiatives aimed at building sustainable communities on a global scale, including the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by the United Nations and the coming into effect of the COP 21 Paris Agreement. The Fujitsu Group employed a materiality analysis in a Groupwide review designed to enhance the effectiveness of activities that aim to contribute to sustainable development. This analysis identified seven priority issues including the environment; human rights, diversity and inclusion; wellbeing; and supply chain. The result is a unified framework under the banner of Global Responsible Business (GRB), which will oversee activities that strengthen initiatives in non-financial areas while striving for ‘sustainability management’ worthy of a responsible global corporate citizen.
History of the Environmental Action Plan
Environmental Awareness Contributes to Sustainability for Our Customers and Society
The Fujitsu Group has formulated an Environmental Action Plan since 1993 and continues to broaden the scope of its environmental activities. Between stages I and V (FY 1993-2009) the objective was to significantly reduce the environmental impact of the Fujitsu Group itself. Far-reaching measures were implemented throughout our factories and offices to cut CO2 emissions and chemical pollutants, to reduce waste, and so on. In stage VI (FY 2010-2012), we expanded the focus of our activities to three important initiatives. In addition to strengthening measures to lessen our own impact on the environment, we supported similar efforts by customers and society as a whole and also took on the challenge of conserving biodiversity.
During stages VII and VIII (FY 2013-2018), we clearly demonstrated our intention of using technology to contribute to the resolution of environmental challenges for our customers and society. To further reduce our own environmental footprint, we extended activities to include key partners and the whole supply chain. The Fujitsu Group will continue responding to the demands of changing times and will deepen and further develop its environmental activities with the goal of helping to create a sustainable and rewarding society.
Fujitsu Group Environmental Action Plan (Stage X)
Strengthening Our Response to Global Societal Challenges
The Global Risks Report 2021 (*1) ranks as major risks, by likelihood of occurrence and by impact, climate-related matters including climate change, resource circulation and biodiversity loss. Regarding climate change, the IPCC’s special report Global Warming of 1.5°C (*2) recommends a more rapid transition to a decarbonized society. The global initiative Science Based Targets set a goal for reductions in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions to limit global warming to 1.5°C and called on companies to set their own ambitious targets.
In terms of resource circulation, the issue of waste plastics is a global concern and the use of plastics is being questioned in Japan and elsewhere. As for biodiversity, when considering a post-2020 biodiversity target, we are discussing ways of reducing negative impacts on biodiversity throughout our supply chain.
Given this background, the Fujitsu Group has specified targets that address the three global societal challenges of climate change, resource circulation and living in harmony with nature (conservation of biodiversity). As we undertake workstyle reforms and restructure our business operations, we will focus on these targets over the two-year period from FY 2021 to FY 2022 by working to minimize negative environmental impacts in the supply chain.
- (*1)An annual report issued by the World Economic Forum that lists, by likelihood and by impact, the major risks facing the world.
- (*2)A special report issued by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). This report was submitted to the 48th Session of the IPCC in October 2018.
As we enter the era of a ‘new normal’, we have set targets in line with the societal challenges of climate change, resource circulation and living in harmony with nature.
- Climate Change: Strengthening our commitment to meet the target of limiting global warming to 1.5°C
- Resource Circulation: Maintaining and enhancing efforts in the areas of resource-saving product design (with an emphasis on reducing the use of plastics) and water risk assessments throughout the supply chain
- Living in harmony with nature: Based on global trends, a new target to visualize impacts on biodiversity
The two-year period from FY 2021 to FY 2022
|1. Reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from business sites each year by 4.2% or more, compared with the base year of FY2013|
|2. Improve PUE (*3) (Power Usage Effectiveness) of our data centers by 3%, compared with FY 2017|
|3. Increase renewable energy usage to 16% of total electricity|
|4. Reduce CO2 emissions due to power consumption during product usage by 17% or more, compared with FY2013|
|5. Drive activities to reduce CO2 emissions in the upstream supply chain.|
- (*3)PUE (Power Usage Effectiveness): An indicator of the efficiency of electric power usage by the data center. This value is calculated by dividing the data center's total electric power consumption by the electric power consumption of servers and other ICT devices. The closer the value is to 1.0, the higher is the efficiency.
|6. Promote eco design for resource saving and circulation and increase resource efficiency of newly developed products by 10% or more, compared with FY 2019|
|7. Reduce water usage by 30,000 kiloliters or more by implementing water resource conservation measures|
|8. Reinforce awareness of the need to conserve water resources in the upstream supply chain|
Living in harmony with nature (Conservation of Biodiversity)
|9. Visualize and reduce the impact of corporate activities on ecosystems and on biodiversity|
For details on the Fujitsu Group Environmental Action Plan Stage IX (FY 2019 and FY 2020), please click here.