Baker McKenzie has assisted Fujitsu Australia in signing its first power purchase agreement to offset around 30,000 tons of carbon emissions each year with renewable energy sourced from CWP Renewables’ Sapphire Wind Farm.
Baker McKenzie's lead partner, Aylin Cunsolo stated: "From June 2022, the renewable energy purchased annually through this agreement will equate to around 40% of Fujitsu’s data center load in New South Wales, or about 30% of Fujitsu’s annual Australian electricity consumption. This also equates to the yearly energy needs of approximately 9,000 NSW homes."
Graeme Beardsell, Chief Executive Officer, Fujitsu Australia and New Zealand, said, “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.
“As a large energy user in Australia, we want to use that scale to support renewable energy generation and the NSW regional economy. Data centers are energy-intensive to run and by increasing our sourcing of renewable energy our data center customers will also benefit from a reduction in their own carbon footprints, specifically their Scope 3 Emissions. Looking forward, we will continue to explore opportunities in our region to invest in power purchases from renewable projects.”
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 center and office premise.
Aylin was assisted by Baker McKenzie lawyer, Aimi Tran.