Fujitsu Australia has today been awarded Australia's first NABERS data portfolio ratings across six of its data centers, resulting from Fujitsu's locally-based plans to drive its global Environmental Action Plan Stage VIII.
The Plan aims to sustainably develop ICT solutions, reduce environmental impacts, and therefore contributing to society.
Fujitsu has published all ratings on the NABERS website, with an average 3.75 star rating across its portfolio. The company has made the information public to meet customer demands for increased transparency.
The company says its rating signals new energy conservation industry benchmarks, as its efficiency is 27% higher than the market average. This efficiency is equal to around 27 GigaWatt hours of electricity savings per year, or over 24,000,000 kilograms of carbon emissions.
Fujitsu Australia says it will continue working towards its 2020 goal of a 4.5 star average across its portfolio, in a commitment to energy conservation and sustainable business practices.
“The portfolio rating is just as important from an environmental leadership perspective as it is from a transparency one. When it comes to energy efficiency claims regarding data centres, transparency is crucial. With the exponential increase in data centre energy and Australia being powered predominantly by fossil fuels, the industry needs more accountability for our environmental impacts. NABERS rating for data centres not only gives our customers credible assurance of our energy efficiency efforts but also provides us with a common language that works globally,” says Mike Foster, CEO of Fujitsu Australia and New Zealand.
“Fujitsu have been strong supporters of the NABERS Energy for data centres tool since its inception. This achievement is another significant statement that marks them as leaders in this industry. All digital companies should be looking to follow Fujitsu's lead if we're to reach our national sustainability targets,” says Tom Grosskopf, director of the Metro Branch at the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage.
Fujitsu says it is also launching a customer program to bring clients into its energy efficiency movement. This means Fujitsu customers who choose providers with high NABERS Energy ratings will be supporting an efficient and resilient data center.
Fujitsu also plans to extend its best practice initiative to provide consulting services that will advise others how to gain their own NABERS Energy rating.