Reducing global CO2 emissions in line with internationally agreed targets will require transformational changes in almost every aspect of our lives. For many sectors, the ability to achieve the requisite emissions reductions will depend fundamentally on the adoption of ICT-enabled solutions. From smart grids and smart meters; buildings energy management systems and shared data centres, to reducing transportations emissions through remote working and autonomous vehicles; in every case, the widespread adoption of ICT-enabled solutions will place ever-increasing demands on our already stretched communications networks. Global IP traffic has already grown from a 100 GB per day in the early nineties, to trillions of gigabytes every year. With over 2 billion Facebook users sharing content from every corner of the world, the growth in our appetite for data is staggering. The communications and technology sector has a unique role to play in the climate decade.
Not just enablers
Technology companies will be scrutinised like no other sector. Whether providers of the gadgets that support our lives or the online services that we hardly ever leave, technology companies will be fundamental enablers of the low-carbon, sustainable economy.. They must be at the forefront of sustainable business practice themselves. The starting gun has already fired.
Apple is run on 100% renewable energy and introducing recycled materials to many of its products, Google has 100% renewable supplied data centres and with our help is focused on operating zero waste, truly circular facilities. Microsoft have recently declared technology built without principles more harm than good. Whilst the giants have got going, the sectors they lead must now step up – watching them do it is simply not an option.
How can we help
As your business comes under investor and customer pressure we can help in a number of critical ways:
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I was impressed with the thoroughness and level of detail that our data set was analysed in. Presenting an extensive data set in an easy to use format was of great value in communicating the outcome of the work internally, and prioritising areas of the supply chain for future action.
Alan Sweeting, Global Health, Safety and Environment Senior Manager, Allen & Overy LLP
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Gijs Voskuilen, Head of Corporate Responsibility, Bunzl
Avieco has been the preferred environmental consultant since the beginning of our journey to become a sustainable company. Dentsu Aegis has worked with Avieco’s experts on various areas, such as carbon footprint reporting and assurance support, and recently also advised us how to switch our global network to renewable electricity. The team’s expertise on environmental sustainability is impressive, and the work delivered is always of highest standard.
Lars Holm, Global Senior Manager CSR, Dentsu Aegis Network
Avieco informatively led us through the processes needed to reduce our carbon footprint. With their clear and concise advice we have been able to effectively reduce our energy and waste levels. Avieco made the complex notion of energy efficiency into a manageable and achievable reality
Nigel Pink, Group Engineering Manager, Dominos UK & Ireland Ltd
Avieco delivered exactly the workshop we needed to get our sustainability team and regional leads on the same page when it comes to ‘market-based’ reporting. It’s a challenging area to tackle for a global business – particularly when we operate in a number of markets where there is little or no choice in terms of energy purchasing. Avieco has given us the knowledge and tools to ensure we get our disclosures right – they really exceeded my expectations for what we could achieve in one afternoon!
Dr Julia Rowe, Group Sustainability Advisor, Johnson Matthey
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