The environment and business

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 IT Services

photo: Yutaka Ohashi

Yutaka Ohashi
Representative Executive Officer
Executive Vice President
In Charge of Information Systems & Network Service Group

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, seeking to reduce environmental impact through the use of IT. Specifically, we are supporting workstyle reform and 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/web conferencing systems, and promote paperless work environments through ledger computerization. At the same time, we are strengthening our data center solutions based on the rising demand associated with BCPs*1. Our cutting-edge proprietary technologies have helped companies to reduce Internet 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 IoT*3, Big Data processing, and energy management systems including HEMS*4 and FEMS*5.

  1. *1 BCPs: Business Continuity Plans.
  2. *2 Approximately 36%: Actual value achieved during a project where the user relocated an in-house server to our data center; includes server integration.
  3. *3 Internet of Things: A system to remotely control, operate, monitor, and collect information from various "things" connected via the Internet.
  4. *4 HEMS: Home Energy Management System
  5. *5 FEMS: Factory Energy Management System

Initiatives Contributing to the Environment and Society

Climate change Using Internet Data Centers to Help Customers Reduce Environmental Impact

photo: Internet data center

Internet data center

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, and hosting services where we lease servers at our data centers to customers, as well as private cloud services. 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.

  1. *6 laaS (Infrastructure as a Service): A service that provides information infrastructure (servers, communication equipment, communication lines, etc.) over a network.

Climate change Promoting Initiatives to Realize Smart Communities

We provide a wide variety of business tools utilizing ICT under the concepts that information can be shared at "any time", work can be done "anywhere" and "anybody" can share a job. We support customers' efforts to complete their workstyle reform and reduce environmental impact in order to help expand business.

For instance, by reducing irrational and futile jobs, overtime working hours can be reduced and overwork problems can be resolved while simultaneously reducing the energy used in offices. Additionally, the use of paperless conference systems allows reductions in the consumption of paper and the raw materials used to make it. It also helps reduce the frequency of business trips and promotes more effective use of office space.

Smart Office Solutions

diagram: Smart Office Solutions

Initiatives for Reducing Environmental Impact

Climate change Waste reduction and management 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.

Climate change Internet data center Utilization

We are reducing environmental impact through the operation of energy-efficient Internet data centers.

Depletion of mineral resources Waste reduction and management 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.

Climate change Energy-Saving Initiatives

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 Internet data centers. Stopped using server air conditioners that had been added inside offices.
  • Changed computers to new models that use less electricity.