Environment : Activities for reducing our own environmental burdens Response to climate change
The Fujitsu General Group believes that reducing greenhouse gas emissions (particularly CO2) in all areas of its business is important to curb climate change caused by global warming. We promote reduction of greenhouse gas emissions by improving energy saving performance of products, reducing energy consumption across our business, and expanding the use of renewable energy sources such as solar power.
Initiatives to Reduce CO2 Emissions across Business Activities
The Fujitsu General Group aims to reduce CO2 emissions across the entire group's business activities by 30% as per the carbon intensity per unit of consolidated sales by FY2030 (as compared to FY2013). We are expanding the use of renewable energy, improving transportation efficiency, and encouraging each employee to review their daily work processes to identify redundancies. We also share best practices across departments to achieve improvements. In FY2019, CO2 emissions increased by approximately 8.3% as compared to FY2013 due to the start-up of new buildings and new plants at our development sites.
Introduction of solar power generation system
The Fujitsu General Group is promoting the use of renewable energy for electricity used in its business activities. Fujitsu General Air Conditioning R&D (Thailand) Co.,Ltd. installed new solar panels on the rooftop in August 2019. The operation of the solar power system has enabled the company to switch to renewable energy for approximately 5% of its electricity utilization, thereby having reduced CO2 emissions by 41 tons as of March 2020. The expectation is to achieve an annual reduction of 62 tons in CO2 emissions. We will continue our efforts to increase the number of sites suitable for solar power generation to further promote shifts to renewable energy.
Solar panels newly installed on the rooftop of Fujitsu General Air Conditioning R&D (Thailand) Co.,Ltd.
Reduction of power consumption of evaluation test equipment
The test room where we conduct the performance evaluation for air conditioners consumes considerable power, as we adjust the temperature conditions for the indoor and outdoor units to measure cooling and heating performance. The powerconsuming air conditioners used in the test room at the Kawasaki Headquarters to prepare the test environment have been replaced with room air conditioners and spot coolers with high energy saving performance. We also have proactively optimized pre-test operating times, in addition to introducing automatic timer operations on holidays and during nighttime. As a result of these efforts, in FY2019, we were able to reduce our CO2 emissions by 1,326 tons (21%) as compared to FY2015. From FY2019, the same efforts have been introduced at our overseas testing facilities.
Reducing Electricity Usage of Test Equipment for Evaluating Air Conditioners
Reduction of long distance truck delivery
The Fujitsu General Group is working to improve transportation efficiency by reducing the number of long-haul deliveries in Japan and abroad. In the North American region we began a thorough review of our logistics network in 2017. Previously, long-haul deliveries were made from the West Coast warehouse to East Coast customers, but we are now in the process of switching to direct delivery from our production bases to the East Coast warehouse via ocean transport. To support this change, the capacity of the East Coast warehouse is being increased to allow higher inventory levels. This modal shift initiative reduced long-haul truck deliveries in FY2019 by the equivalent of approximately 100 40-foot containers as compared against FY2016.
Furthermore, we are now making direct container delivery to major client warehouses, which accounted for 26% of our North American regional sales in FY2019.
Efficiency improvement of business trips
The Fujitsu General Group is increasing reliance on IT, which in turn allows the curtailing of business trips so as to help reduce environmental impact. In FY2019 we expanded the use of Office 365, which was introduced in the previous fiscal year to all domestic offices and expatriate employees working in our overseas offices. In particular, since March 2020, we cancelled domestic and overseas business trips and encouraged working from home as a measure to prevent the spread of the COVID-19, which significantly accelerated our efforts to shift to video conferencing, thus reducing CO2 emissions from commuting and business trips.
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- Calculation based on annual CO2 emissions per household = approximately 4,150 kg-CO2. (National Institute for Environmental Studies, Greenhouse Gas Inventory Office, FY2018 Confirmed Statistics)