Fujitsu Laptop Energy Efficiency a Key Component of a Strong Environmental Policy
Fujitsu Computer Systems Corporation today announced that four of its laptop computers comply with the new stricter ENERGY STAR(R) 4.0 guidelines. The new guidelines, set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Energy, are designed to reduce energy consumption and prevent greenhouse gas emissions. Fujitsu has implemented the latest technology, including high-efficiency chip designs from Intel(R), to meet the new guidelines. ENERGY STAR compliance is just one of several Fujitsu initiatives designed to promote energy conservation and reduce environmentally harmful waste.
“With deep roots in the development and pioneering of unique mobile devices, Fujitsu -- by the nature of our business -- has always considered energy efficiency to be a design element of our mobile PCs. And as a green company, we strive to minimize the environmental impact of our products throughout their lifecycle,” said Richard McCormack, senior vice president of marketing for Fujitsu Computer Systems. “We recognize that protecting the environment is a corporate obligation and an essential business requirement. We are committed to conserving energy and natural resources, and to taking the reduce-reuse-and-recycle approach to creating eco-friendly products. Fujitsu is also working on ensuring that more of our systems in future will also comply.”
The new ENERGY STAR 4.0 guidelines require that PCs consume less energy while plugged in or on the go. The four laptops that meet the new requirements are:
-- The 3.5-pound Stylistic(R) ST5100 slate Tablet PC Series with the new Intel Core(TM) Duo Processor Ultra Low Voltage U2500 -- The 3.19-pound LifeBook(R) B6220 notebook powered by the latest Intel Core(TM) Solo Processor Ultra Low Voltage U1500 -- The 2.2-pound ultra-portable LifeBook P1610 convertible notebook powered by the latest Intel Core(TM) Solo Processor Ultra Low Voltage U1400 -- The 2.63-pound full-featured LifeBook P7230 notebook powered by a choice of the Intel Core(TM) Solo Processor Ultra Low Voltage U1400 or the Intel Core(TM) Duo Processor Ultra Low Voltage U2500
Additional Fujitsu environment initiatives and results include the following:
The Environmental Protection Program seeks to establish sustainable management based on environmental management and group governance with provisions for super-green products and eco-efficient solutions. Features of the program include abolishing specified hazardous substances, establishing recycling systems in North America, Europe and Asia, and improving environmental efficiency throughout product lifecycles.
To meet California’s RoHS-equivalency measures developed by the California Department of Toxic Substances Control, all covered electronic devices manufactured by Fujitsu on or after January 1, 2007 satisfy the European Union’s RoHS standard. The California measures (SB20/SB50) prohibit the sale of covered electronic devices in the state that would be prohibited from sale in the EU because of the presence of hazardous materials.
Through the Product Recycling Program in the U.S., Fujitsu offers customers a used IT product take-back service. More than 40 percent of Fujitsu customers currently use the service, which covers servers, storage systems, legacy systems, PoS systems, IT products for retailers, laptops, and tablet PCs.
Fujitsu currently has 16 Silver-rated products on the Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT) list. EPEAT, operated by the Green Electronics Council (GEC), helps buyers evaluate, compare and select desktop computers, notebooks and monitors based on their environmental attributes. EPEAT also provides a clear and consistent set of performance criteria for the design of products, and provides an opportunity for manufacturers to secure market recognition for efforts to reduce the environmental impact of its products.
Fujitsu has made the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index eight years in a row, and in 2006 made the FTSE4Good Index Series. The Dow Jones Sustainability World Index consists of companies representing the top 10 per cent of the leading corporate sustainability companies in 58 industry groups across 24 countries. These companies are selected from the largest 2,500 companies by market cap in the Dow Jones Global Indexes. Corporate Sustainability is a business approach that creates long-term shareholder value by embracing opportunities and managing risks deriving from economic, environmental and social developments. The FTSE4Good Index Series has been designed to measure the performance of companies that meet globally recognized corporate responsibility standards, and to facilitate investment in those companies. Transparent management and criteria alongside the FTSE brand make FTSE4Good the index of choice for the creation of Socially Responsible Investment products. FTSE Group (FTSE) is a leader in the creation and management of more than 100,000 equity, bond and hedge fund indices.
Fujitsu is an initial supporter of the Climate Savers Computing Initiative, a nonprofit group of eco-conscious consumers, businesses and conservation organizations dedicated to improving the power efficiency and reducing the energy consumption of computers. By producing and purchasing power-efficient products, the goal is to achieve a 50% reduction in power consumption by computers by 2010.
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