Climate change has long been a topic of interest and concern for companies and people the world over. However, a recent report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPPC) has once again thrust it into the headlines. The IPCC’s report effectively advised that there is now unequivocal evidence showing greenhouse gas emissions are contributing to the continuing rapid escalation of extreme climate change, warning that only urgent reductions of fossil fuel emissions can stabilise the climate.
Even prior to the release of this explosive report, organisations have been under immense pressure to set carbon emissions reductions targets and make them public. More than 190 countries committed to the Paris 2015 agreement to keep global average temperature rise to under 1.5 degrees Celsius, prompting many companies to act locally to reduce their emissions to help reach net zero emissions targets by 2050 and meet climate goals.
Despite this, many organisations may still be reluctant to act because they’re not sure how they can meet those targets and what steps they need to take. Fortunately, one of the ways to reduce carbon footprint for businesses is right at their fingertips: investing in smarter hardware and software solutions, especially hardware that reduces the impact on environment.
Investing in hot tech for a cool earth
Making small changes in daily operations is one way that organisations can more effectively set and meet net zero targets. Some often-overlooked areas where organisations can potentially reduce their carbon emissions is in choosing the right hardware, participating in carbon offset programs, and investing in sustainable technology and more environmentally friendly solutions at the most fundamental level.
We’ve identified two key technologies companies use to reduce emissions:
Investing in cloud computing technology is one way that companies can help significantly reduce their impact on the environment. A recent IDC forecast shows continued cloud adoption could prevent the emission of more than one billion metric tons of carbon dioxide from 2021 to 2024.
2. Video and collaboration tools
The global shift towards remote and hybrid working practices can further help companies to reduce their carbon footprint with the support of video and collaboration tools. Organisations can reduce the need for workers to travel to and from the office every day, and even reduce the need for business travel, by instead investing in video conferencing and collaborative technologies. For example, even prior to the pandemic research demonstrated that a 60-minute virtual meeting may only produce the equivalent of 0.005 kg of carbon for each participant.
While cloud and video tools are some of the simplest investments companies can make to reduce their carbon emissions, they aren’t the only ones companies must make. Hardware that reduces the impact on environment can also prove a savvy investment for organisations committed to net zero.
In our recent whitepaper, Blue Connections outlines how we work with companies such as Lenovo to empower clients to access solutions and services that will help them meet their carbon emissions reductions targets. Blue Connections helps customers leverage the Lenovo CO2 Offset Services to meet the growing demand for environmental transparency, giving organisations the chance to compensate for emissions by investing in environmental schemes.
To learn more about how Blue Connections can help your organisation meet its emissions reduction targets with the support of the Lenovo CO2 Offset Services download our latest whitepaper or contact the team today.
Senior Account Executive, Blue Connections IT