Fujitsu Australia has signed a power purchase agreement (PPA) for a term of 10 years, sourcing renewable energy through CWP Renewables’ Sapphire Wind Farm – a key step in decarbonising its operations and providing lower-emissions services to customers.
From 30 June, the PPA will offset around 30,000 tonnes of Fujitsu Australia’s carbon emissions each year and provide renewable electricity equivalent to around 40 per cent of its NSW data centre load, or about 30 per cent of Fujitsu’s annual Australian electricity consumption. This also equates to the yearly energy needs of approximately 9,000 NSW homes.
“Fujitsu Australia is proud to be leading Fujitsu globally with this PPA. Our purpose is to make the world more sustainable by building trust in society through innovation, and this agreement is a firm marker of our purpose in action,” Fujitsu Australia and New Zealand chief executive officer Graeme Beardsell said.
“As a large energy user in Australia, we want to use that scale to support renewable energy generation and the NSW regional economy. Data centres are energy-intensive to run and by increasing our sourcing of renewable energy our data centre customers will also benefit from a reduction in their own carbon footprints, specifically their scope three emissions. Looking forward, we will continue to explore opportunities in our region to invest in power purchases from renewable projects.”
According to CWP Renewables CEO Jason Willoughby, Fujitsu is not only contributing to the transition to net zero emissions, but supporting ongoing regional investment which Sapphire Wind Farm provides through jobs, community investment and sponsorships.
The transition to renewable energy will support the Fujitsu Group’s progress towards its global carbon reduction target of 71.4 per cent by 2030, compared with 2013 levels. Since 2018, Fujitsu Australia has reduced its carbon emissions by over 20 per cent through energy efficiency and renewable energy initiatives across its data centre and office premises, including:
- a 99.6kW solar power installation at its Eight Mile Plains data centre in Queensland. The installation was completed by Bunjil Energy, a Supply Nation-certified, First Nation-owned business; and
- using 100 per cent renewable energy in its New Zealand operations since April 2020, certified under the New Zealand Energy Certificate System (NZECS), and making carbon offset options available for customer electricity use across its six NABERS rated data centres in Australia.