Environment – Information Systems & Network Service Group
Business Overview and Environmental Issues for Which Risks and Opportunities Have Been Recognized and Evaluated
Delivering Optimal IT Services and Solutions to a Broad Range of Customers
The Information Systems & Network Service Group consists of the Information Systems Integration Division and three other companies: Mitsubishi Electric Information Systems Corporation, Mitsubishi Electric Information Network Corporation, and Mitsubishi Electric Business Systems Co., Ltd. We are a one-stop provider of optimal solutions and IT services for a broad range of areas including social, public, and corporate systems. We cover the entire lifecycle of information systems and network systems, from the planning and concept stage to operation and maintenance.
Environmental Issues for Which Risks and Opportunities Have Been Recognized and Evaluated
- Climate change
Message from Information Systems & Network Service Group
Contributing to the Realization of a Low-Carbon Society Through the Promotion of Various Green IT Services
With our motto "Comfort, Peace of Mind, Development - DiamondSolution", the Information Systems & Network Service Group is committed to enhancing customer satisfaction and helping achieve a sustainable society through solutions tailored to the management strategies and challenges of our customers, as well as solutions that resolve social issues.
In recent years, we have also been focusing on environmentally effective businesses with green IT, seeking to reduce environmental impact through the use of IT. Specifically, we are aggressively expanding our products and services that reduce environmental impact, such as those that curb power consumption through server integration and consolidation, reduce the need for business travel with video conferencing, and promote paperless work environments through ledger computerization. At the same time, in addition to green IT, we are also strengthening our data center solutions based on rising demand associated with BCPs*1. Our cutting-edge proprietary technologies have helped companies to reduce data center power consumption by approximately 36%*2 compared to servers built and operated in-house. Efforts for saving energy in data centers also help companies to reduce CO2 emissions from their business activities.
Going forward, in order to achieve smarter societies, we will leverage the many component technologies and strengths of the Mitsubishi Electric Group to build next-generation information systems using the latest IT solutions such as M2M*3, Big Data processing, and energy management systems including HEMS*4 and FEMS*5.
- BCPs: Business Continuity Plans.
- Approximately 36%: Actual value achieved during a project where the user relocated an in-house server to our data center; includes server integration.
- M2M (Machine-to-Machine): A computer network where connected equipment mutually exchanges information without human involvement to automatically optimize control.
- HEMS: Home Energy Management System
- FEMS: Factory Energy Management System
Initiatives Contributing to the Environment and Society
Using Data Centers to Help Customers Reduce Their Environmental Impact
We operate data centers—which are specialized facilities containing servers and communications equipment—and offer housing services, where customer servers are relocated to one of our data centers, as well as hosting services, where we lease servers at our data centers to customers. Through these services, we are able to reduce the environmental impact of our customers through IT. We are also focused on making our data centers more eco-friendly with floor designs that make it possible to place servers in denser layouts by separating the cool airflow from air conditioners from the heat emitted by servers. Our data centers are also using electricity more efficiently thanks to the use of high-efficiency water-cooled air conditioners. These innovations have helped companies to reduce their CO2 emissions by approximately 36% compared to servers built and operated in-house. Furthermore, we have installed photovoltaic panels in an effort to reduce power consumption with clean energy, and planted greenery on top of data center roofs to prevent the heat island effect. In addition to using the information infrastructure inside our data centers, we provide an IaaS*6 platform service that enables more appropriate use of resources based on data processing volumes, leading to further cost reductions and improvements in energy savings.
- laaS (Infrastructure as a Service): A service that provides information infrastructure (servers, communication equipment, communication lines, etc.) over a network.
Promoting Initiatives to Realize Smart Communities
Given the increasing seriousness of global environmental issues such as climate change, deforestation, and preservation of biodiversity, we are aiming to realize smart communities with optimally controlled energy throughout all areas, from power systems to home appliances. Based on energy management systems (xEMS) that link machines and IT and process the enormous amount of data collected from the machines, we contribute to optimized energy control in various fields such as home appliances and housing equipment, factories, and buildings.
Initiatives for Reducing Environmental Impact
Continuous Activities Aimed at Reducing Environmental Impact
Our offices and factories are working continuously to reduce their environmental impact through energy-saving initiatives, sorting and reducing waste, upgrading fleet vehicles to fuel-efficient models, and improving the energy efficiency of logistics in procurement, product shipping, and waste disposal.
Data Center Utilization
We are reducing environmental impact through the operation of energy-efficient data centers.
Promoting Computer Recycling
Following the enactment of Japan's Act on the Promotion of Effective Utilization of Resources on April 1, 2001, we established our own collection and recycling system for used business computers. We also set up a collection and recycling system for household personal computers after revisions were made to this law that took effect on October 1, 2003. Going forward, we will continue to develop recycling-friendly products as part of our commitment to increase the reuse and recycling of our products.
Promoting More Efficient Use of Energy and Resources
We are implementing a variety of initiatives to improve energy efficiency and reduce the use of resources.
We implemented the following measures in fiscal 2012, which we continue to carry out today to realize further reductions in electric power use.
- Relocation of servers to data centers. Stopped using server air conditioners that had been added inside offices.
- Changed computers to new models that use less electricity.
- Revised settings for demand controllers and curbed power usage.
Since fiscal 2010, we have provided recycling boxes for office paper on every floor and have been continuing our commitment to recycling office paper. Furthermore, since fiscal 2013, we have provided dedicated recycling boxes in order to recycle paper cups used for our tea and coffee machines.