Creating a greener future together

Good for business, good for the planet

We all need a healthy environment in which to thrive and therefore all of us must play our part in protecting our precious planet. However, is it possible to be environmentally responsible without compromising business success? The answer to this important question is ABSOLUTELY, and here we will look at how you can achieve this.

Today, more businesses than ever before are recognising that prioritising environmental ethics can enhance their brand, improve their competitive edge and motivate their staff. So, this page will highlight a few of the ways your business can benefit from a strategy that has sustainability at its heart, and explore just some of the steps your IT team can take to help drive positive change in your organisation.

 

The circular economy

As a society, we are using more natural resources than our planet can regenerate. We can't keep taking without giving. A circular economy looks beyond the current take-make-waste model and aims to redefine growth by focusing on positive society-wide benefits.

A circular economy employs reusing, sharing, repairing, refurbishing, remanufacturing and recycling to create a closed-loop system, minimising the use of new resources and the creation of waste, pollution and carbon emissions.

Partnering to drive change

At Prodec Networks, we believe that now, more than ever, what’s good for the world is good for business. We partner with like-minded businesses, such as Cisco and HPE, to ensure that this can be achieved for our customers.

Cisco Refresh

The Cisco Refresh (Certified Remanufactured) programme is a clear demonstration of Cisco’s commitment to minimising its environmental impact and helps your business do the same. By purchasing certified remanufactured products through a programme like Cisco Refresh, you get the high-quality products you expect from an industry-leading manufacturer with a fully sustainable, low-carbon footprint.

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HPE Renew

Likewise, the HPE Renew programme allows you to make sustainable choices for the environment by offering you a comprehensive portfolio of completely remanufactured HPE IT products at attractive and affordable prices. HPE Renew ensures returned, loaned or trial units are thoroughly remanufactured, so they can be fully utilised and don’t end up unnecessarily wasted.

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These programmes are designed to provide your business with the same great quality products you’d expect from new, with the same level of warranty, but with significant cost savings and a much lower impact on the environment. This helps you to stretch your IT budget further, while reducing your carbon footprint – great for business and the environment alike.

 

What exactly is remanufactured and is it as reliable as new?

Certified remanufactured equipment is pre-owned products that have had critical software and hardware upgrades made and have been thoroughly tested and retested to meet stringent manufacturer specifications. Certified remanufactured equipment meets the same quality standards that you would expect from a new product.

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Transport is the largest emitting sector of greenhouse gas emissions, producing 27% of the UK’s total emissions in 2019

Cutting the cost of travel

Another significant way you could improve your green credentials is by limiting the amount of travel you and your employees do. Whether it’s long, daily commutes into the offices, or jet-setting around the world for face-to-face meetings, you could be racking up a significant carbon footprint. A unified communications as a service (UCaaS) solution could be the ideal way to tackle this issue.

How does UCaaS reduce my carbon footprint?

When considering the many business benefits a UCaaS solution offers, such as enabling greater flexibility, boosting business resilience and enhancing user and customer experiences, it’s easy to forget how it could also reduce your carbon footprint. However, the reality is that it could seriously improve your organisation’s environmental impact.

By making communications easier and more reliable, a UCaaS solution limits the need for face-to-face meetings and empowers staff to work from anywhere. Not only can this reduce air pollution from daily commutes, but if you know you can meet colleagues and clients from around the world via reliable videoconference, the need for longer-distance travel is also cut. This could result in a significantly reduced carbon footprint, as well as a substantial reduction in the financial cost of travel and an all-round improvement in efficiency.

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Prodec works with the world’s leading providers of UCaaS solutions, including Avaya, RingCentral, Microsoft and Mitel. If you would like to learn more about how a UCaaS solution could help bolster your green credentials, along with the many other benefits it delivers, contact one of our experts today!

Can the cloud make my company greener?

In addition to the specific environmental benefits that a cloud-based UCaaS solution can offer, there are other reasons that cloud IT services, as a whole, could help reduce your company’s carbon footprint as well.

More and more enterprises are embracing the considerable business benefits that cloud-based IT solutions can bring, including cost savings, scalability and flexibility. Indeed options such as firewall as a service (FWaaS), disaster recovery as a service (DRaaS), contact centre as a service (CCaaS) and UCaaS are quickly becoming invaluable to many organisations. However, again, what may be overlooked are the ways in which deploying such solutions, could also benefit the environment. In fact, switching to a cloud IT service could help reduce energy consumption, e-waste and carbon emissions.

Reducing energy usage

Traditional, on-site business data centres can take a great deal of power to operate, requiring a constant energy supply for the server and a cooling system to prevent overheating. However, research suggests that moving business applications to the cloud could significantly cut energy consumption and substantially reduce a company’s carbon footprint, perhaps by as much as 90%.

Shared data centres, used by cloud service providers, such as Prodec, can be run as efficiently as possible, maximising the effectiveness of resources. These facilities can therefore potentially cut overall energy usage, and the greenhouse gases emitted, substantially. Indeed, Prodec runs its services from three highly efficient data centres, one of which is an award-winning green facility, which uses five times less energy per kW of IT load than the average data centre. Needless to say, by switching to cloud-based applications, businesses can also make financial savings by avoiding funding their own energy-guzzling, on-site data centres.

Enabling dematerialisation

Cloud-based IT solutions can further contribute to greater sustainability by enabling ‘dematerialisation’, which refers to the replacement of physical equipment with virtual equivalents. Migrating to the cloud means that businesses can use fewer machines, with no need to invest in so much on-site hardware, helping to reduce the depletion of natural resources used to create high volumes of equipment, and reducing the e-waste mountain, as such hardware is inevitably disposed of when it reaches the end of its life. In this way, companies can also help cut carbon emissions generated from the manufacture of so many physical products, and make cost savings from not having to invest in on-site equipment, pay for its maintenance, or replace it when required.

So, if you want to improve the green credentials of the IT your organisation uses, as well as cut costs, you might want to consider switching to cloud-based technology solutions.

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Want to discover more about how to help your business go greener? Read our following resources on the subject:

5 ways cloud computing could help save the planet

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The rise of hybrid working – green and easy, with the right IT

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5 good reasons why buying remanufactured tech makes really great sense

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Top tech to help your business go greener (and maybe save you money too)

We are now hearing so much about how vital it is to be more eco-friendly, reduce our carbon footprint and combat climate change. So, here we look at some of the technology that could just help your business go greener, oh, and maybe save you money too.

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