Achieve your sustainability goals with Logicalis

United Kingdom, Dec 12, 2023

Sustainability is a red-hot topic and seemingly on everyone’s mind at the moment. Logicalis are fully committed to becoming a sustainable business in our own right and are aiming to become carbon neutral by 2025. We were recently awarded Cisco’s global sustainability partner of the year award, the first partner ever to receive this important global accolade. Needless to say, this is a fantastic endorsement of the progress we are already making.

Whilst it is important for organisations to improve their sustainability, this is only part of the story. I believe that the IT industry as a whole has a significant part to play in helping lower emissions and improve overall sustainability across the planet. I’m personally having numerous conversations with our customers and every time the topic of sustainability comes up, the customers “lean in”. There is no doubt in my mind that IT teams are being driven to contribute to the overall sustainability footprint of their organisations. 

So, what does this look like, and how can we help our IT customers do this?


Supply Chain


Manufacturers are now being driven to reduce their own carbon footprint. Driving greater efficiency in their supply chain is an important factor in helping to achieve this. 

  • Reducing packaging

  • Eliminating paint where it is not required

  • Not including unnecessary components such as power cables and rack mount kits which are often simply discarded

All of these help to improve supply chain sustainability. Schemes such as Cisco’s “take back” program, which enable customers to sustainably dispose of technologies which have reached the end of their useful life can also contribute. This unwanted equipment can then either be repurposed, or ethically recycled. The circular economy is another important factor. Where appropriate, making use of “remanufactured” equipment can be of considerable benefit.


Direct Energy Savings


It is generally well understood that IT technologies within the majority of organisations consume a considerable amount of energy. There are multiple measures which can be taken to reduce the amount of energy that IT directly consumes. 

For example, Cisco’s 8201 router with the advanced “Silicon ONE” ASIC consumes 96% less energy while delivering 35% more bandwidth than the previous generation platform. The majority of Cisco’s wireless Access Points can be easily configured to go into a low power mode when no devices are associated with them. Datacentres are often “over-cooled”. Modern IT devices can tolerate a broader range of operating temperatures than previously, with little or no effect on performance or reliability. Given this, it is often possible to apply less cooling in DC environments which will result in considerable energy savings. 


Consequential/Indirect Energy Savings


This is perhaps the most exciting area where IT can contribute to reducing organisational energy consumption and thereby improving carbon footprint. Implementing technology solutions such as Smart Buildings, allow IT to positively influence energy usage in other areas of the business which can drive even greater savings. 

A simple example of this is the IT systems detecting that a room is unoccupied and directing the BMS system to turn off the lights. This can be easily extended to checking the room booking system, and if the room is going to remain unused, to reduce the HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning) usage. 

In a similar vein, we can use IT to detect room occupancy numbers. On average, a human being generates 356 BTUs of heat. If we can detect how many people are occupying a particular area, and therefore how much heat they are generating, we can optimise the HVAC system accordingly and in doing so again save energy and cost.


New ways of working


There is an interesting aphorism which states that “work is something you do, not somewhere you go”. An unfortunate side effect of the COVID pandemic was that it taught us that IT can enable flexible working. 

Remote access technologies and advanced collaboration tools allow employees to work much more flexibly that ever before. When we combine this with Smart Building technologies, we can enable organisations to optimise their real estate footprint which again can reduce their overall carbon footprint and improve organisational sustainability.

In summary, I strongly believe that sustainability has gone from being a “nice to have” to a key factor when making strategic IT decisions, and we at Logicalis are ready to help our customers achieve their sustainability goals. Get in touch today.

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