ITOCHU Announces Introduction of Energy Management Systems to Mitsubishi Fuso's Direct Dealer Locations

April 24, 2013

ITOCHU Corporation (headquartered in Minato-ku, Tokyo; Masahiro Okafuji, President & CEO; hereinafter “ITOCHU”), announced today that it would be joining with ITOCHU Techno-Solutions Corporation (headquartered in Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo; Satoshi Kikuchi, President & CEO; hereinafter “CTC”) and Kankyo Keiei Senryaku Soken (headquartered in Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo; Tetsuyuki Murai, President & CEO: hereinafter “Kankyo Keiei”) to support a project in which Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus Corporation (headquartered in Kawasaki, Kanagawa Prefecture; Albert Kirchmann, President & CEO; hereinafter “Mitsubishi Fuso”) will introduce energy management systems (EMS) and LED lighting to its direct dealers in a bid to achieve a 7.5% reduction in carbon dioxide emissions by 2015.

Mitsubishi Fuso has seen a successful reduction in peak power consumption of 10% and in power consumption of at least 15% at bases that have been the first to receive automated air conditioning control. Going forward, it will introduce the systems to its direct dealer locations in an effort to achieve a substantial reduction of carbon dioxide and power consumption. At locations where the systems will be introduced, staff awareness will be raised to add to the power conservation efforts. Mitsubishi Fuso will also launch programs to help build awareness throughout the company, including publication of a ranking of sales bases by CO2 reduction, to encourage sustained CO2 reduction activities.

Mitsubishi Fuso will also take part in the demand response program (*1), which is run as a measure to lower the peak power demand by electric power companies in collaboration with aggregators (*2), to contribute to stabilization of the power demand-supply balance. ITOCHU, CTC and Kankyo Keiei will provide support for these efforts.

In the future, ITOCHU, CTC and Kankyo Keiei will work to expand the IT-based energy management business, in which they support corporate power saving activities through comprehensive initiatives such as the introduction of energy management systems as in this project, operational improvement and demand response services.

Summary of the three companies’ activities in energy management business

ITOCHU operates an IT-based energy management system business under the brand name of ecoFORTE. The EMS to be introduced in this project, specifically the ecoFORTE EMS, boasts advanced energy conservation features. including step demand control and automated air conditioning control. to reduce power consumption while maintaining comfort. ITOCHU provides a comprehensive service, encompassing improvement in LED and other equipment and consulting on energy conservation through operational enhancement, to help customers with power saving activities.

CTC vigorously promotes the building energy management system (BEMS) with the effective use of its leading technical capabilities in the IT industry and the expertise it has developed by offering IT solutions to customers in energy and other sectors and those operating at multiple locations. In connection with the EMS introduced in the project, CTC will engage in the sale and installation of devices and in tuning of the air conditioning system control.

Kankyo Keiei serves more than 4,600 business establishments across the country under multi-store chains of distributors and retailers. It operates a comprehensive energy management business with three pillars – energy conservation with a system for power consumption visualization, energy creation with a solar power generation system, and energy storage with a power storage system.

  • (*1) Demand Response Program
  • A program that encourages power consumers to reduce their power demand in response to requests made by electric power companies to aggregators by taking steps helpful to power saving, such as rewards offered to those consumers who have reduced their power consumption in a situation of tight power supply.
  • (*2) Aggregator
  • A business operator working on behalf of an electric power company to reduce the power demand of multiple customers served by the electric power company