In 2018, Fujitsu took the pledge with a cohort of other companies as part of the Business in the Community (BITC) Low Carbon pledge, with the collective aim of reducing fuel consumption in the provision of products and services and green house gas emissions.
This is part of a long-term effort to achieve zero emissions in alignment with the COP21 climate change Paris Agreement. As part of its wider responsible business sustainability programme, Fujitsu is aiming to lower its environmental impact, including reducing C02 emissions to zero by 2050.
Among the steps taken to cut carbon emissions by 60%, the company focussed key areas such as energy saving projects (replacing all lights with LEDs); ensuring all its energy providers supply 100% renewable energy; achieving zero waste to landfill; and maximizing water efficiency.
The calculations for 2020 included Scope 1 emissions (those that arise from sources that are owned by or controlled by the company), Scope 2 emissions (those generated by purchased electricity consumed by the company) and Scope 3 emissions (those generated by business travel, waste generated and water consumption).
Tony O’Malley Fujitsu Ireland CEO commented: ‘This is a major milestone in Fujitsu’s development to a zero-carbon business. The extent and rate of progress shows that all companies can achieve major improvements by prioritizing the sustainability agenda. While we are hugely proud of beating our initial pledge, our attention will turn immediately to what actions we can take to maintain this rate of improvement.’
He continued, ‘Despite the challenging global context I would urge all businesses to look at where they can make their own improvements in cutting carbon emissions. Beyond the obvious environmental benefits, we have seen significant reductions in operating costs by reducing our energy consumption.
By signing up to the pledge, companies commit to:
The BITC Low Carbon pledge 2nd Annual Report is being launched on 5 June 2020.
Part of a global network, Fujitsu Ireland is an information and communication technology (ICT) company, providing solutions to a diverse range of public and private blue-chip organisations. Together with customers and partners we collaborate and co-create to take advantage of the benefits that digital disruption brings. Our products and services positively touch 99% of the population and approximately 156,000 Fujitsu people support customers in more than 100 countries. We strive to be the employer and partner of choice by using our global presence to deliver effectively locally.
We honour our Japanese culture by building long-term relationships and giving our customers a unique people-centric approach to innovation, where everyone everywhere is empowered with digital technology.
In Ireland, our trusted team of nearly 300 employees are helping our customers in all sectors, driving their digital transformation. Our goal is not only to deliver great results for our customers, it’s also to be a responsible business that respects its customers, employees and suppliers. We are a proud member of Business in the Community Ireland (BITCI), achieving the Business Working Responsibly Mark. Our team is dedicated to supporting our local communities working in partnership with the National Council of the Blind (NCBI) and St Joseph’s Secondary School, Rush.
To reach the global carbon reduction targets set in the Paris Agreement and maintain global temperatures at less than 2C below pre-industrial levels, we believe business must play a major role. The Low Carbon Pledge is a commitment for Irish business to invest time and resources into creating a more sustainable operation – by being more energy efficient and reducing carbon usage.
Date: 05 June, 2020