Eco-friendly facilities and sustainable industrial operations remain an important topic, especially in times when everyone is talking about rising CO2 emissions, climate change and micro plastics in our oceans. As an IT corporation with a manufacturing base in Germany – at the heart of Europe – we combine Japanese values with German quality in our eco-friendly, breathing factory. However, eco-friendly must embrace every bit of the value chain and environment, nature and humankind alike.
The extensive modernization of our factory in 2011, based on models adopted from the automotive industry, made it Europe’s most innovative production site for IT systems. By moving from traditional line production to island production, working conditions for employees were improved significantly. The switch to state-of-the-art standards made quality management part of the personal responsibility of every member of the production team and brought improved ergonomics to the workplace, all playing a significant role in improving workplace satisfaction.
We look at the entire value chain
Our activities and services portfolio in Germany encompass the entire value chain of IT: from R&D, through manufacturing and value-added services up to distribution, maintenance and operation and recycling – integrated lifecycle management that drives continuous improvement and innovation.
Graphic 1: Annual consumption according to EnergyStar
Our commitment benefits every aspect of the factory including every single device, from small components and product ranges such as our FUTRO Thin Clients up to PRIMERGY servers or the PRIMEFLEX family of integrated systems. Just to give you an idea of what that means, this graphic visualizes the amount of energy our products consume according to Energy Star, which is a government-backed symbol for energy efficiency with unbiased information that consumers and business rely on to make well informed decisions. We managed to reduce the power consumption for our desktop PCs and monitors by 20% over the last 3 years. Around the workstation, we achieved a reduction over 35%. The typical performance of the servers has been improved by more than 80% over the same period.
EnMS – Our Energy Management System
Environmental protection is one of the most important aspects at the factory in Augsburg and the lifecycle of our products. From the material procurement up to the recycling process, we at Fujitsu follow strict regulations according to the green roadmap, which is a guideline that helps us to conscientiously fulfill these steps.
Furthermore, we have implemented an Energy Management System (EnMS) to improve
- energy performance,
- energy efficiency
- energy use and
in production, purchasing, supply chain, data center and cross-functional departments on the factory’s premises. The continuous stringent supervision of the top management team, which is committed to support EnMS, continually improves effectiveness. From the top down, every department has its own representative who promotes energy management activities, ensuring an information flow and more effective monitoring.
This way Fujitsu works steadily on the improvement of power-saving measures such as
- power saving assets (free cooling)
- increase of efficiency by improved production processes.
- measures and reporting of the energy consumption
- use of natural energy sources like solar energy/increase usage of renewable energy
Graphic 2: Total energy consumption in kW/h
Thanks to the combustion of natural gas for heating and cogeneration (efficiency 85%), the factory does not expel direct CO2 emissions. In the summer time, the gas is used to preheat and reheat the air for the air conditioning system and to heat the water for all sanitary facilities. As you can see in graphic 2, the use of electricity is lower than ever before thanks to natural gas and our constant effort to make the factory in Augsburg the most advanced and environmentally friendly facility for the production of IT products.
To work self-sufficiently and produce zero CO2 emissions through renewable energy, like wind or solar energy, is one of our biggest goals. Up to this point, we have had to take some of our electricity from other sources. Fujitsu decided to buy green electricity to lower the CO2 emissions as long as it is not possible to produce it directly on our premises. As you can see from the graphic, the CO2 emissions dropped drastically as soon as we started to buy green electricity. In actual numeric terms, in 2017 we only had an output of 1.5kt, compared to 19.2kt just five years earlier in 2012.
Graphic 3: CO2 Emissions
Building technologies – big investment for a small footprint
We have not only been optimizing the areas with a high-energy consumption. EnMS was introduced to make the whole factory environmentally friendly. Thus, Building 31 has some features to save money and energy in order to make the factory even greener.
One of the most interesting features are the windows. Between the interior and outer panes of the glass facade there is a transparent thermal insulation system (TIS). The TIS is composed of individual capillary tubes. In the summer time, the vertically incident sunlight reflects stronger (heat protection) and in winter it diverts the sunlight into the interior of the building (using the residual heat). In addition, the window panes are have “Pilkington Active coating” on the outside.
- In daylight, organic dirt deposits are decomposed.
- When it rains, the water spreads as a film on the glass surface and removes the “dissolved dirt particles”.
Thanks to the intelligent window and facade construction, radiators are not required due to the low heat transfer coefficients in the offices. The speed of the fans in the air conditioners can be regulated continuously. Thus, the continuous adaptation of the air-volume flow to the actual needs in the rooms is guaranteed. At the heart of the air conditioning systems are so-called enthalpy engines for heat and moisture recovery from the room exhaust air.
All of these special features of the factory also benefit our customers’ strategies of sustainable purchase and lifecycle management, starting with the purchase, through the various suppliers, the production, sales and every department in Augsburg.
Achieving these goals, has made us more motivated than ever in making Augsburg even more environmental friendly by generating our own electricity from 100% renewable sources in order to offer our customers the most environmentally friendly systems.