London, UK – January 25, 2017– Dimension Data, the global ICT solutions and services provider said today that it has reached a major milestone in its sustainability ambition of becoming carbon neutral by reducing its carbon emissions to below one million tons, and preventing 4,000 tons of electronic waste from going to landfill.
Ruth Rowan, Dimension Data’s Group Executive – Marketing said, “Climate change remains one of the greatest issues facing all of us, and our clients around the world continue to see sustainability as a high priority within their businesses. Technology can – and is – making a positive difference to improve our environment. We believe that we have a responsibility to bring our 33 years of experience to use technology in the smartest way possible to address these challenges.”
Dimension Data also committed to keep its carbon emissions below one million tons for the next five years. Two key areas where organisations can reduce their environmental impact, costs, and improve productivity are:
- Reduce energy by moving servers to the cloud: this could provide an annual saving of 4,000 kWh per server which is moved to the cloud.
- Reduce travel by using visual communications technology: there’s an average annual savings of 600,000 miles per telepresence unit; 11,818 miles per video conference unit; and 23,636 miles per managed video conference unit.
And for companies planning to expand and grow, it’s vital to ensure that they don’t increase their carbon footprint at the same rate. This can be achieved by not increasing the average carbon produced per person, not increasing the carbon produced per ITaaS equipment rack, and ensuring that data centres are energy efficient.
According to Livescience.com the average temperature of the earth has risen between 0.4 and 0.8 °C over the past 100 years. The increased volumes of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases released by the burning of fossil fuels, land clearing, agriculture, and other human activities, are believed to be the primary sources of the global warming that has occurred over the past 50 years. Scientists from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate carrying out global warming research have recently predicted that average global temperatures could increase between 1.4 and 5.8 °C by the year 2100. Changes resulting from global warming may include rising sea levels due to the melting of the polar ice caps, as well as an increase in occurrence and severity of storms and other severe weather events.