Development of Top-Level Energy Efficient Products
As ICT grows more and more common, we expect there to be an increase in energy demand in proportion to the higher performance and higher-density integration of servers and other ICT products. Various countries and regions are also expanding their energy-related regulations for ICT products, and energy efficiency is taking on increasing social importance as a factor in energy label conformance and green procurement requirements.
Here at the Fujitsu Group, we believe that we should work to improve the energy performance of our products during their use, in order to reduce GHG emissions. As such, we will actively implement energy-saving technologies and continue working to further improve the energy efficiency of products. Through these efforts, we will work to develop products that consume less power during customer usage.
FY 2018 Performance and Results
|Targets under the Fujitsu Group Environmental Action Plan (Stage VIII)
||Last fiscal year
(FY 2018 results)
|Achieve top-level energy efficiency for 50% or more of new products.
||Made 67.9% of new products top-level energy efficient.
Actively Applying Energy-Saving Technologies
We have set division-specific targets for the achievement of top-level energy efficiency based on the number of product series we expect to develop in FY 2016-18. Applications of energy-saving technologies include new, high-efficiency microprocessors and power supplies, energy-saving displays, optimized energy-saving controls, and the strengthening of power management features. In addition to these, we are actively pushing for the aggregation of LSIs, reductions in the numbers of components, and the implementation of eco-friendly devices.
Achieved Top-Level Energy Efficiency for 67.9% of New Products
As a result of applying and expanding energy-saving technologies in our servers, PCs, network devices, and imaging devices, we were able to achieve top-level energy efficiency for 67.9% of new products, against the 50% target value set in the Fujitsu Group Environmental Action Plan (Stage VIII).
Working Toward Our Targets
In order to achieve the targets set in the Fujitsu Group Environmental Action Plan (Stage Ⅸ), we will continue to advance our efforts to develop products with top-level energy efficiency, starting with the top products in each division. We will also implement advanced energy-saving technologies and expand their application to our products, as part of our cross-Group policy to improve energy efficiency.
Looking toward the future, we aim to push the development of advanced eco-friendly devices, which will contribute to revolutionary improvements in energy efficiency and allow early product development.
Top-Level Energy Efficient Products
These are products, including our top products with regards to energy efficiency (first in the world or industry, best of the world or industry), that meet criteria equivalent to the upper ranks of external indicators and other benchmarks of energy efficiency.
Top-Level Energy Efficient Product Target Standards
Fujitsu sets targets that recognize top-level energy efficiency standards in each product area, compared with the overall market or with conventional products.
Main Target Standards（*1）
|ENERGY STAR criteria compliant
||PCs, displays, imaging equipment, etc.
|Top-level Top Runner achievement rate under the Energy Conservation Law
||Servers, storage systems, etc.
|Industry-leading energy efficiency
||LSIs, products for specified fields, etc.
|Industry’s highest-level battery life
|Reduction in power consumption as compared to prior products/prior performance
||Network products（*2）, electronic components, etc.
*1 Standard values differ even for products within the same category, depending on product specifications.
*2 “Top-level” status for products evaluated under the “Ecology Guideline for the ICT Industry” is shown by the number of stars (multi-stage evaluation).
Main Activities in FY 2018
Next-Generation ScanSnap Combines Energy and Resource Conservation
The ScanSnap iX1500 scans paper documents and stores them as electronic data. It is made to be as easy to use and easy to understand as possible, and aims to make people’s lives more “smart” and convenient. The various advantages that come from converting physical data into digital data can help revolutionize work styles and lifestyles, act as a foundation for work-style reform, and even help reduce the environmental burden of such data.
By reevaluating the scanning control process and improving power efficiency, we have been able to speed up the data reading process for this product by 20% (30 pages per minute; high-speed scanning of 60 sides), and reduce power consumption by approximately 15% as compared to previous models, all while maintaining compatibility with Wi-Fi at both 2.4GHz and 5GHz（*3） frequency bands. We also added a large 4.3-inch, easy-to-read touch panel onto the product, in order to make it even easier to use and understand, and updated the software (which comes with a learning function) to allow for one-touch controls for everything from the actual scanning to the use of the files scanned.
In light of recent advancements in Internet availability, we have also decided to eliminate the use of data drives to install applications, opting to ask customers to download manuals, etc., from the Internet, and thereby reducing in-box supplemental items to a minimum. We also use recycled plastic sourced from plastic bottles in the components for this product. Through these and other efforts, we have worked to reduce the environmental burden on the component end as well.
*3 Japan/North America/China Only