Foxconn Electronics Enters Services, Ecology Sector

Foxconn Signs “Green” Pact with IBM

by Anton Shilov
03/05/2009 | 07:09 PM

IBM, Enterprise Information Management (EIM), C-Lock Technology (C-Lock), a subsidiary of Evergreen Energy, and Foxconn Electronics/Hon Hai Technology Group this week announced a global agreement to jointly deliver and deploy GreenCert, the world's first enterprise content management system that can accurately calculates and certifies the amount of greenhouse gas emissions produced by a facility.

 

As part of the announcement, Foxconn and IBM will together bring the GreenCert technology to Taiwan, where it will serve as a new business model and an exclusive distribution for Foxconn, who will employ the technology on its own factories in different areas and then will begin to offer similar deployments to other market players. Foxconn has reportedly already set up a new business division to handle the software and service business, including the marketing of Green Cert, according to Taiwan Economic News.

GreenCert is an information technology solution for environmental protection and energy production that was originally developed in the United States by IBM and its Business Partners, EIM and C-Lock. The solution combines technology from the software portfolio that includes WebSphere, DB2, Lotus, Tivoli and Rational.

In addition to calculating carbon emissions, GreenCert provides instant data analysis and test reports that allow customers to use it as a base for carbon trading. Foxconn will make a significant investment leveraging IBM software and hardware technology to enable this analysis and management. At Kaohsiung Software Park, Foxconn will recruit several hundred software engineers with special industry skills to help make the GreenCert technology system meet the specific needs of different Asian industries. Additionally, it will help enterprises in the Asia Pacific region realize their social responsibilities toward energy savings and carbon emissions reductions.

“As part of this announcement, Foxconn will employ a large number of software engineers at the Kaohsiung Software Park to cultivate the talent needed to meet the increasing demand for environmental and energy saving technologies, and to deal with the global warming threat,” said Terry Gou, the chairman of Foxconn.

The Kyoto Protocol promotes carbon trading as a key means of reducing worldwide emissions. Under the framework established by the protocol, the amount of carbon emissions produced by a company will become a price tagged commodity to be traded on world markets under international law.

As the carbon trading market continues to gain strength, GreenCert is widely regarded as a driving force in saving energy and reducing carbon emissions. It is an important application for enterprises in industries such as power, petrochemicals, iron and steel and other energy businesses that attach great importance to the reduction of carbon dioxide emissions.