Environment

Datatec is currently in the process of developing and submitting its fifth CDP climate response. The CDP is an internationally acclaimed initiative that is driven by over 800 institutional investors representing in excess of US$100 trillion in assets with the objective of gaining greater visibility into how companies are managing the risks and opportunities in response to climate change.

The world is moving ahead into the low carbon transition and shareholders are increasingly demanding such visibility. In an effort to provide more transparency to shareholders, Datatec has once again teamed with GCX Africa to develop, collate and submit the 2020 CDP report.

The CDP report will provide Datatec with an opportunity to identify specific risks, opportunities and mitigation options that could have a material impact on Datatec's business operations over the medium to long term. The Company will engage with external professionals to mitigate and adapt to the risks identified and to take advantage of available opportunities in order to unlock maximum strategic business value from the initiative.

Logicalis

  • ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001 certifications
  • Reduced carbon footprint
  • Saving energy
  • Increased recycling
  • Move to paperless business

Commitment to greener practices

As a responsible international provider of IT solutions, Logicalis seeks to measure and minimise the way in which its commercial activities may impact the environment. Logicalis is also committed to providing practical advice and support to its customers and vendor partners to help them along the path to ever cleaner and greener IT solutions.

Logicalis recognises that a responsible attitude to green IT can lead to significant reductions in energy consumption and carbon emissions. As well as reducing greenhouse gases and operational costs, the technologies it promotes, such as remote working and video and teleconferencing, enables flexible working environments, greater productivity and improved business continuity.

Logicalis supports initiatives for reducing power and water usage and monitoring waste reduction in its offices. These range from paper and plastic recycling to water filtration and office lighting efficiency systems.

Policies

Logicalis US seeks to conduct its operations in compliance with applicable laws, regulations and standards concerning environmental protection. It continually improves environmental management policies, programmes and performance based on regulatory developments, technical developments and community expectations.

Logicalis Brazil ensures that all its offices comply with the local environmental laws. Prior to initiating projects, Logicalis conducts several preventive actions like risk anticipation and control actions planning, expressed in occupational safety, health and environmental programmes.

Certifications

Logicalis Brazil has obtained ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001 certifications, showing that the division is committed to the prevention of environmental impacts and continuous improvement, as part of the normal business management cycle.

Logicalis UK has obtained a recertification of ISO 14001, the Environmental Management System that sets out best practice for environmental issues and helps to outline local legislation for compliance, as well as monitoring all the energy consumption of the UK data centres.

Reducing its carbon footprint

Logicalis promotes remote working and video-conferencing across its offices to minimise car or air transportation and reduce its carbon footprint. This is also supported through Logicalis' schemes to encourage employees to use public transport.

Logicalis Ireland promotes the use of public transport and cycling to work. Logicalis Ireland also promotes the government tax saver initiative through which employees can receive commuter tickets tax-free as part of their employment package.

Employees in Asia-Pacific are encouraged to take public transport or carpool when attending meetings and corporate recreational events to minimise carbon footprint.

Saving energy

As an early adopter of green IT ideas and activities, Logicalis welcomed the introduction of the Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme in the UK. The purpose of the scheme is to require qualifying organisations to measure total energy consumption, identify areas of significant energy consumption and identify cost-effective energy-efficiency opportunities.

The assessment noted Logicalis' commitment to sustainability through the provision of a number of policies and initiatives, namely an energy management policy, a transport policy and a sustainable policy.

Logicalis has moved to completely renewable energy from its energy suppliers and has replaced lighting with low wattage, energy-saving lighting solutions.

Logicalis in Asia-Pacific has replaced inefficient, high-energy lightbulbs with lower wattage, energy-saving lights (compact fluorescent and LEDs).

Across offices in the region, Logicalis works to ensure that office cooling systems are set up at an optimal temperature and switched off after work hours and over weekends.

Recycling

Logicalis Ireland promotes recycling internally with bins located in a number of key areas. The print management strategy has focused on reducing the number of printing devices, eliminating unnecessary printing and purchasing recycled paper.

In Asia-Pacific, recycled paper and green office stationery are purchased for staff usage, with the latter making up part of Logicalis' inventory on corporate premiums, which are given out during client events.

TDL Australia continues to partner with PonyUp, an organisation which turns unwanted, second-hand technology into charitable currency which, in turn, reduces the level of waste into landfill.

Paperless business

In Singapore, Logicalis has an e-claims portal where employees can now submit claims electronically in a more efficient and simplified manner, while further reducing paper wastage.

Logicalis Hong Kong uses a cloud platform service to submit e-leave applications to avoid wasting paper. The cloud platform service also allows Logicalis Hong Kong to save all personnel filing along with employees' certificates, which enables easy reference for the management team.

Westcon International

  • On average, Westcon International’s offices and warehouses across EMEA recycled approximately 50 tonnes of paper and cardboard
  • Recycling prioritised
  • Energy-efficient equipment used

 

Energy management

Westcon International monitors and reviews energy usage every year across the division and updates equipment to increase efficiency and effectiveness. This includes equipment such as air-conditioning, LED lighting replacement and movement sensing switches. To reduce the temperature variations in warehouses and protect product, heat/cool sensors and fans are used to maintain optimum energy efficiency and avoid overheating or being too cool. Fans are installed at height in warehouses to push the hot air down to maintain constant temperature generated by heating in the winter and circulate cool air from the air-conditioning in summer.

The UK is conducting an analysis of all UK printers and their usage to establish the most efficient and effective usage of printers, paper and ink used. This will identify more effective ways of working, reduce paper usage and the impact on the environment while making savings at the same time.

Recycling

Recycling within offices and warehouses is a priority, with enhanced recycling provisions being made available. Examples include:

South Africa: working with a third-party provider Hlangane Recycling to record the amount and types of waste currently recycled.

UK and Spain: installed battery recycling bins in each office and is proving very successful in encouraging staff to recycle batteries from both work and from home.

Westcon International has implemented paper recycling bins in offices and has established several providers across the division who recycle its waste. All end-of-life electrical equipment used within the offices and warehouses is recycled by approved specialist recyclers. The division has established a network of waste schemes across Europe to recycle its end-of-life product, batteries and packaging placed on the market across Europe. The UK is investigating zero landfill waste for its general office waste. Currently some 40% of all office general waste goes to landfill and should this scheme be successful, landfill will be a thing of the past.

Vendor collaboration

Following business and legislation changes, vendors are being targeted to provide more product data that further assists in meeting Westcon International's environmental waste obligations.