The sun is shining, the weather is sweet. Make you want to move… to more environmentally friendly IT.
The Bob Marley song may not go exactly like that, but with sweet summer weather finally here, we hope you are reminded that protecting our planet is something we all need to do. Luckily making some greener IT choices doesn’t have to be difficult or expensive. Here are 5 technology changes you can make this summer that will reduce your organisation’s carbon footprint and lower costs.
Do you feel a little pang of guilt when you print unnecessarily? Do you find yourself justifying printing when you know you probably didn’t need to?
Enter smart printers.
With a smart printer, users are asked to log in before they print, stopping print-and-forget copies because the person has to be standing in front of the printer to authorise the job. Smart printers also allow you to implement quotas and print reporting so administrators are able to see who is printing the most.
We often see in-house IT teams buy equipment with peak usage in mind—and it is usually more than is needed. In fact, Deloitte research found in-house resources often only have a usage rate of less than 20%, which is a huge amount of waste. With managed IT services however, coupled with cloud-based IT infrastructure, you only pay for what you are using, and can expand instantly.
Air travel is one of the most environmentally harmful activities we can engage in, making business travel particularly bad for your organisation’s carbon footprint. Luckily your team can avoid business travel using digital communications technology. Even though video and teleconferencing systems have been around for years, they are now easier to use and a genuinely good alternative to a face-to-face meeting.
Moreover, corporate social networks, such as Slack or Microsoft Teams, are a great way to bring people from all over your business together, no matter where they are based. With dedicated channels based around particular interests, you can share knowledge, ideas and support from different offices.
Mobile devices and power saving
Laptops and mobile devices are built with low power components so that their batteries last longer. This means that they draw less power than a traditional desktop computer, reducing running costs. If you have thousands of devices, that turns into big savings and a massive reduction in carbon over a year.
Additional cost savings can be made by ensuring power saving mode is used on all devices, and that they are turned off on weekends and in the evenings. To estimate the savings potential of doing this, count the number of PCs in the company, multiply this by 60 and place a pound sign in front of the answer. Put another way, in a company with 200 PCs, turning off all the computers and monitors every night and at weekends would save £12,000 a year.
Artificial intelligence is delivering efficiencies in ways none of us could have predicted. Better efficiency means fewer resources wasted, further reducing your business’s carbon footprint.
Companies are already implementing significant AI systems to do just this. For example, Morrisons has recently teamed up with Blue Yonder to optimise replenishment and automate ordering of 26,000 long-life products. As a result, the supermarket will be able to ship the right products to the right stores automatically, reducing waste and transportation costs.
There is a saying something to the effect of: what is good for one, is good for the other. And as we can see, this is true for business and the environment in many ways. What has been seen to be a cost centre can actually save organisations money, and help save our beautiful planet.
I’m sure Bob Marley would agree.
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