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How ICT can make your enterprise more sustainable and green

Posted by Paul Neefjes on 23 October, 2015

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saving your company energy, time and money

As a sustainability manager, you are aware that the energy consumption related to ICT is increasing substantially. And the outlook is that until 2030 the demand for ICT-capacity will escalate dramatically. So it is essential that sustainability managers familiarize themselves with ways to transform the ICT-process enterprises into ‘greener’ and/or more energy-efficient practices. Should sustainability not yet be recognised as a key issue within your company, it might help to focus on the financial benefits. That will probably help you to raise attention for greener practices.  Naturally, every company wants to save money!

If you are not completely aware of the connection between sustainability and ICT yet, read further!  Organisations can take measures to optimize the ICT-processes within the company, making them more sustainable (i.e. more energy-efficient). Furthermore, ICT can also be used to make the processes within the company more sustainable including the related ways of working and behaviour of employees, customers and suppliers. We will address that later in this blog.

To further quantify: recent surveys have shown that extra focus on ICT & Energy can result in major energy savings; within the ICT-sector as well as in other industries (survey: Greening by ICT) .  This survey indicates that the Dutch ICT industry can become € 117 million more efficient. If ICT-processes are improved in other industries, the Netherlands could realize an energy saving of up to € 2 billion.

Making business processes more sustainable

An example of a sustainable business process is encouraging employees to work from home. For most companies, it is a very attractive argument that they can save significantly on square meters of office space and mobility by offering employees the tools to work from home.  Working from home also alleviates traffic issues.

More examples of sustainable business processes are:

  • Paperless meetings, for example by using iBabs
  • e-invoices
  • e-documents
  • remote access to files and applications
  • conference calls/video conferencing

Come to our webinar

In this blog, we are unable to discuss all of the tools that will help you improve your sustainable business processes. For more information you can attend our webinar ‘sustainability & ICT’. This webinar is organized in cooperation with Capgemini.

In it, Annelies Hermens, Sustainability Manager at Capgemini, shares her employer’s strategies towards sustainability within the company. Her story will give you tools, ideas and inspiration to enhance your work and responsibilities as a sustainability manager.  The webinar takes place on October 29, 2015 at 14:00, and will take 25 mins. Would you like to attend the webinar? Please register here. Webinar will be in Dutch.

Webinar 26 januari  Tijd besparen bij de  publicatie van raadsinformatie    

Topic: Sustainability

iBabs is a leader in paperless meetings and enables you to reduce these piles of documents to the thickness of your tablet. Hundreds of organizations have been using this system for more than 15 years.

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