Distribution Central calculates carbon cost

Distribution Central calculates carbon cost

The distirbutor's new Carbon Control calculator, created with The Carbon Credits Trust, is touted as a value-add for resellers

Distribution Central is lifting its green credentials with the release of a Carbon Control calculator.

The program was created in partnership with The Carbon Credits Trust, and determines the carbon emissions a product will produce, as well as the carbon credits resellers can buy. Distribution Central CEO, Scott Frew, said resellers will receive a five per cent incentive for using the program.

“We’re not making anything from the program, and there will be resellers with a focus on price, but the response has been good. We’ve already seen the carbon offset program can help resellers win business with the government,” he said. “Our original green objective was a ‘buy one get one free’ system, where we’d plant a tree for every invoice. But we realised that while the majority of vendors were talking up green programs, few were doing anything to carbon offset product use.”

Vendors participating in the program are Aruba, Blue Coat, Crossbeam, F5, Force10 Networks, Fortinet and WatchGuard. Frew said the Carbon Control calculator was being pushed out as a default part of any invoice.

“Resellers can turn the costing off if they wish, although we hope to have all resellers take it on-board,” he added. “The program took us a good six to eight months to organise. The next step for us will be to organise a recycling initiative to take back old products, although we’re only in the early stages of developing that.”

The Carbon Credits Trust founder, Frank Downes, said this was the first program of its type. The group hoped to expand into other areas beyond IT.

“We’ve seen a gradual increase of interest over the past 12 months. It’s a good start for organisations, who will hopefully look at the whole business after getting on-board with this,” he said.

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