Dimension Data drops carbon emissions but is still behind baseline

ICT services provider emitted 123,230 tons of carbon in fiscal 2013

Dimension Data’s (DiData) fiscal 2013 carbon emissions dropped by 16 per cent over the previous year, but the ICT services provider is yet to top its 2011 performance.

According to its first Sustainability Report, DiData’s total global carbon footprint for the financial year amounted to 123,230 tons, down from 146,100.

Internet solutions generated most carbon at 60,389 tons, followed closely by systems integration at 57,062. Other services were calculated at 5779 tons.

Having identified air travel and datacentres as the two primary sources of carbon emissions within its organisation, DiData has committed to a 10 per cent reduction in distance travelled by air, energy used inside its Internet solutions datacentres, and energy used by IT datacentres in its systems integration business. The figures are calculated per $US1 million of revenue.

The strategy is part of DiData’s environmental sustainability program which was launched in 2008.

“The past ten years have seen unparalleled changes in how the world communicates, conducts business, and how we go about our daily lives,” DiData chief executive officer (CEO), Brett Dawson, said.

“Technology has been the driving force behind much of this change, and I’m convinced that the near future will bring about new developments that we can’t even dream of today. However, as we innovate, we also need to be responsible.”

According to Dawson, the company aims to do this by “providing ICT solutions that lower costs, minimise environmental damage, and benefit society.”

But while it progressed in regards to air travel and Internet solutions in fiscal 2013, the company experienced higher emissions from its system integration business than the year prior. It is Internet solutions in particular which pin DiData’s fiscal 2013 performance as unfavourable beside its 2011 baseline year; a 20 per cent increase in the emissions from this business is blamed for group-wide carbon emissions that have increased by 21 per cent per $US1m revenue.

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