... carbon reduction introduced ahead of CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme regulation ...
Monday 12th April 2010 - Greenstone Carbon Management, the global specialist carbon solutions company, has announced today that it is working with Getronics UK, an ICT services company specialising in workspace management and IT infrastructure services. Getronics UK will be using Greenstone’s Acco2untenterprise carbon accounting software to establish an internal carbon management programme of its UK operation. Greenstone will also be supporting the development of ‘Green’ client propositions that will allow Getronics to deliver a range of bespoke ‘Green’ ICT solutions to take to its clients.
Getronics manages the workspaces of some of the biggest organisations in the UK across the finance and commercial sectors. The company is increasing its efforts in corporate social responsibility (CSR) and helping clients to reduce their ICT carbon footprint.
The management of carbon within an organisation is becoming more mainstream and this will only increase with new regulatory regimes like the UK’s CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme. Companies without efficient carbon management systems could fall foul of new compliance regimes with fines being imposed for failure to meet guidelines.
Dave Baldwin, Managing Director for Getronics UK, said “Globally, the IT industry is responsible for around two percent of carbon emissions - on a par with the aviation industry. Every little helps, and we can reduce our client’s CO2 emissions through Green ICT using Greenstone’s solution.” Greenstone’s Acco2untenterprise carbon measurement and reporting tool will enable Getronics to understand and communicate its internal carbon emissions and to add value to client contracts, by enabling reductions in their own carbon emissions.
Ram Ramachander, COO at Greenstone, explains “Governments around the world are beginning to introduce measures to tackle climate change and the ICT industry is under particular focus. There is an opportunity for information and communications technologies as they can help abate far greater emissions in the general economy than their own production and use generates. Organisations therefore need to have the processes and tools to be able to measure and manage their carbon emissions in a robust and transparent way.”
Notes to Editor
Greenstone’s unique Acco2unt software product suite provides organisations with robust carbon management and accounting solutions. It enables organisations to measure, manage, plan, store and report emission data, track performance on their carbon footprint at multiple organisational levels and to accurately model carbon footprint reduction strategies. Acco2unt can significantly reduce the burden of auditing and reporting for compliance purposes, for stakeholders and customers. An extensive list of emission sources is included in the software’s calculation covering energy, IT, travel and transport, together with waste and water consumption.
About the CRC regulation
The Carbon Reduction Commitment (CRC) is a mandatory emissions trading scheme covering large businesses and public sector organisations. Inclusion will be a legal requirement for organisations whose half-hourly metered electricity use in the UK is above 6,000 mega watts per year.
See http://www.carbonreductioncommitment.co.uk/ for further information.
About Greenstone Carbon Management Limited
Greenstone Carbon Management Limited is a specialist carbon solutions company – based in London, United Kingdom. Formed in 2006, it works in partnership with major commercial and public sector organisations to help measure, manage and mitigate their carbon emissions to realise both environmental and financial benefits. Greenstone’s proposition comprises both consulting advice and access to a suite of Carbon Management software tools through a SaaS model.
Typically, engagements with clients follow a three step process: (i) Carbon Readiness Assessment; (ii) Carbon Measurement and iii) Carbon Reduction Strategies. During the engagement, Greenstone will provide tools to help measure and manage the organisation’s carbon emissions, help set up processes to gather data and to train personnel to manage their carbon footprint on an ongoing basis.
Greenstone has worked with a range of global businesses and respected brands such as the Virgin Group, Fujitsu and Ocado Limited. For further information please visit www.greenstonecarbon.com
About Getronics UK & Ireland
Getronics UK is an Information and Communication Technology (ICT) company, with expertise in Workspace Management, Connectivity, Infrastructure and Consultancy services. Getronics UK clients include Barclays, Booker, Clarks, CSC, Dell, Iceland, Kings College London, PSN, and many others.
Worldwide, Getronics has revenues of € 2.08 billion in 2009 and over 13,000 (FTE) at HY 2009. Getronics is the largest ICT service-provider in the Benelux with operations across the globe allowing it to service the needs of multinational businesses. Since 2007 Getronics has been part of KPN, one of the world’s largest international telecommunications companies. For more information, please visit: www.getronics.co.uk
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