Fujitsu Australia has announced it has signed a power purchase agreement for a term of 10 years sourcing renewable energy through CWP Renewables' Sapphire Wind Farm.
The agreement marks a key step for Fujitsu Australia in decarbonising its operations and providing lower-emissions services to its customers.
From its commencement date of 30 June 2022, the PPA will offset around 30,000 tonnes of Fujitsu Australia's carbon emissions each year and provide renewable electricity equivalent to around 40% of its NSW data centre load, or about 30% of Fujitsu's annual Australian electricity consumption. This also equates to the yearly energy needs of approximately 9000 NSW homes.
“Fujitsu Australia is proud to be leading Fujitsu globally with this PPA," says Graeme Beardsell, chief executive officer, Fujitsu Australia and New Zealand.
"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," he says.
“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 3 emissions," Beardsell.
"Looking forward, we will continue to explore opportunities in our region to invest in power purchases from renewable projects.
Jason Willoughby, chief executive officer of CWP Renewables adds, “We are very pleased to be supporting Fujitsu and its customers to reduce their carbon emissions over the next decade.
"Through this PPA, 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," he says.
The transition to renewable energy will support the Fujitsu Group's progress towards its global carbon reduction target of 71.4% by 2030, compared with 2013 levels.
Since 2018, Fujitsu Australia has reduced its carbon emissions by more than 20% through a range of 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% 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.