Reducing your carbon footprint makes sense. It helps the environment and demonstrates commitment to Corporate Social Responsibility. Larger organisations must comply with the 2010 CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme. Many sectors such as higher education and health have sector-specific targets and penalties.
There are many factors contributing to your carbon footprint. Energy use is one of the most important. Travel, water use and waste management are also major factors.
Emission sources are classified into three ‘scopes’:
Information Technology can be a heavy user of electricity and you can address this with various strategies such as server virtualisation, cloud computing and simple ‘switch IT off’ campaigns.
IT can also reduce your carbon footprint in other ways. It can reduce paper consumption, paper waste and the office space taken up with paper storage. It can replace paper mail with electronic mail. It can reduce travel by enabling home working, remote working and web conferencing. It can be used to streamline your processes to save staff time and associated environmental overheads.
IT can also be used to measure and monitor your carbon footprint.
Last but not least, carbon reduction saves money! Going green will reduce your electricity bills and cut your fuel, consumable and waste disposal costs.
A Cimtech ‘Go Green with IT’ package includes a range of services. We can:
We can even, through a sister company, assist with ISO 14001 compliance.