Techies for Green movement kicks off with carbon pledge

Dublin-headquartered DataSolutions launches Techies Go Green, a movement of IT and tech-oriented companies committed to decarbonising their businesses.

IT and security tech distributor Data Solutions has committed to becoming what it claims will be the world’s first carbon-neutral IT distributor by 2022.

The company has committed to reducing its carbon footprint and eliminating 60 metric tonnes of CO2 emissions per year.

“We’re owning our responsibility and setting ourselves ambitious, concrete targets to track and reduce our impact on the Earth”

It has also launched the Techies Go Green, a movement of IT and tech-oriented companies committed to decarbonising their businesses

A survey carried out in March 2021 among 93 tech industry leaders  found that 57pc are planning to become net carbon neutral, but less than a quarter (24pc) have a written company policy for same.

DataSolutions’ plans to reduce its carbon footprint include moving its ERP system and other corporate applications to the cloud and adding electrical cars and charging points to company premises. The company has replaced its gas burning (fossil fuel) office heating system with a more efficient heat pump system and switched to LED office lighting.

The Dublin-based distributor is also cutting down on business travel and will be encouraging working from home to reduce the number of employees commuting to the office. By next year, all company vehicles will be electric.

Techies go Green

The goal of Techies Go Green is to enable each member to purposefully improve their energy efficiency by collaborating and sharing practical know-how, with the main aim of making every signatory carbon-neutral by 2030.

To date, over 30 members have signed up and DataSolutions is expecting to reach 100 members by the end of June.

“At DataSolutions, we’re owning our responsibility and setting ourselves ambitious, concrete targets to track and reduce our impact on the Earth. We recognise the environmental impact of our operations,” said DataSolutions’ CEO Michael O’Hara.

“After all, the industrial and service sectors generate over 40pc of global CO2 emissions. So, we want to play our part by becoming cleaner, greener and more energy-efficient. This will benefit our customers, our people and the planet.

“With this in mind, we are taking action and also calling on businesses across Ireland and the UK to join us on this sustainability journey. This is just the beginning, but our ‘Go Green’ initiative is already the most important launch we will ever do because of its potential impact on the future of our planet.

“Our sustainability inspiration also comes from our vendor partners, a large number of which have developed tech solutions that can reduce carbon footprints. For instance, IGEL′s fan-less desktop terminals without hard drives run on very low power, while Citrix′s flexible work solutions help over 100m users by facilitating remote working and reduce corporate office energy use. Whilst small, these collective efforts can create big results and should not be underestimated,” O’Hara said.

By John Kennedy (john.kennedy3@boi.com)

Published: 2 April 2021