Reducing Your IT’s Environmental Impact

14th February 2020

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As we enter 2020, the environmental impact we have on our planet has become the issue of the day. Everyone now understands we have limited time to make the changes that are needed to reduce the negative impact of human activity on the planet.

 

 

The Committee on Climate Change recommended in its May 2019 report Net Zero a new emissions target for the UK: net-zero greenhouse gases by 2050. If this target is to be met, then government will need to legislate, and business will need to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to zero to end the UK’s contribution to global warming by 2050.

All businesses will need to change their practices to help achieve this target. Although you might not think your company’s carbon footprint is very big, every business has the potential to become carbon neutral or indeed carbon negative.

The Committee for Climate Change says every business can help now by:

  • Measuring your carbon footprint. Measuring a company’s carbon footprint is a useful first step, with organisations such as the Carbon Trust helping companies to become carbon neutral.
  • Switching your fleet of cars and vans to electric. Transport accounts for 26% of Britain’s greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Committing to 100% renewable electricity. Businesses consume 56% of Britain’s electricity. Companies such as Apple have committed to using 100% renewable electricity.
  • Helping customers reduce their environmental impact. Companies such as Patagonia encourage reuse and repair of their goods to help consumers limit their environmental impact.
  • Auditing the supply chain. On average, emissions from a company’s supply chain are 5.5 times higher than emissions by the company itself, according to the Carbon Disclosure Project’s Global Supply Chain Report 2019.

The good news is that businesses stand to benefit from these changes in the form of cost savings, improved technology and better health for workers. There are also reputational benefits to be had if you move quickly; for example, Apple is already using 100 per cent renewable electricity and is gaining positive brand awareness for this.

Thinking about where, as a business, your influence lies is key. Is it your services, employees or supply chain that could be key to improving your environmental impact?

What are some of the simple measures you can take now to reduce your impact on the environment?

IT departments are a good place to start. There are now companies that specialise in taking your old IT hardware and reusing and recycling it effectively. Better still, why not reduce your need for hardware by moving to a hosted desktop service?

Reducing IT hardware

To an end user, a hosted virtual desktop looks no different from a traditional, physical desktop. The hosted desktop stores all operating systems, files, emails and applications in outsourced cloud data centres, which can be accessed through the internet on any device, from anywhere. Processes we once thought of as mundane, like accessing emails, are now the secret to unlocking powerful and meaningful interaction with customers and colleagues 24/7 no matter where they are in the world.

In addition to cost savings, when employees can access their work from anywhere, they can reduce their travel footprint considerably.

Further Benefits of a Hosted Desktop

  • Lower operations costs. By eliminating the need to spend money on hardware updates for employees every year or so, instead, employees can access the same desktop from any device in any location. Cost savings are also made on on-going maintenance and support, and on initial investment and in-house servers. Research shows that by choosing a hosted desktop solution, businesses can reduce costs significantly, typically saving between 30% and 50% of their IT budgets over four years after moving to a hosted solution.
  • Enhanced cyber security and business continuity. By working with hosted desktop providers, security is also enhanced as data can be handled and monitored by experts rather than by an individual within the organisation, performing backups and security checks. A good hosted desktop provider will perform regular back-ups of your data and will store your data in a highly secure, professionally managed server. It also means your business will have proper disaster recovery procedures in place can get back to normal almost immediately following any data loss or outage.
  • Improved governance and simple licensing. Financial compliance regulations and GDPR require businesses to know where their data is continuously. A hosted desktop allows you to have greater control of your data. With all data residing in a secure cloud platform and monitored by a Managed Service Provider (MSP) such as Elite Group, you can be sure of meeting all your compliance requirements. Licensing is also made simpler because the MSP provider will take on the responsibility of making sure everyone has the right software licenses in place.
  • IT staff have more time to focus on innovation. IT staff save time as they no longer need to maintain onsite servers and desktop hardware. They have more time to focus on innovation and planning improvements in other areas of IT.

You can benefit from choosing solutions from the best hosted desktop providers. Elite Group is certified partners of Microsoft, Citrix Systems and VMware and has very close relationships with industry experts putting us at the forefront of cutting-edge, hosted desktop technology. Our powerful and scalable hosted desktop solutions will increase your productivity, reduce your overheads and build flexibility into your business.

To find out more about unlocking greater productivity and empowering employees through a hosted desktop solution contact us on  0333 060 9617

Elite Group is the UK’s leading unified communications provider. We supply businesses with a range of next generation communication technologies.