By 2023, businesses will require 55% of G2000 CIOs to implement sustainable IT, embedding environmental, social, and governance practices into the technology life cycle from acquisition to disposal.
IDC, Oct 2021
The ICT sector is making significant progress in decarbonizing and provides powerful technology that enables other sectors to become more energy efficient. At Beyond Now, we recognize the global call to join in shared efforts to make our world a more sustainable place and that urgent action is needed to inspire change. As an international company, we are strongly driven by global benchmarks for more sustainable business practices, especially in the technology sector.
As a newly independent company, in 2022, we will be reviewing our current sustainability efforts and putting measures in place to ensure that we are making bigger strides to address our impact on the environment, as well as support our employees, our partners, and the communities where we operate around the world.
Here are the strides we are already taking towards making our operations more efficient to reduce our consumption of energy and its related emissions and contribute to a more sustainable future:
- We aim to only work with partners and companies that are committed to a neutral or reduced carbon footprint, with a clear commitment to international sustainability goals.
- As such we host our platforms on:
- Amazon Web Services (AWS) - focused on efficiency and continuous innovation across its global infrastructure, AWS continues on its path to power its operations with 100% renewable energy by 2025. Amazon co-founded The Climate Pledge in 2019 and has committed to achieve net-zero carbon emissions across its entire business by 2040. In fact, it has become the largest corporate buyer of renewable energy in the U.S. and Europe. Source: Amazon, June 2021
- Google – Already carbon neutral, in 2020, Google committed to run its data centers and campuses on 24/7 carbon-free energy by 2030. The organization is also sharing technology, methods, and funding to enable organizations around the world to transition to more carbon-free and sustainable systems. With the launch of Carbon Footprint reporting for Google Cloud, users can also measure, track, and report on the carbon emissions associated with cloud. Companies everywhere can now track their progress towards ensuring a healthier planet. Source: Google Cloud
- We promote and encourage the migration to software-as-a-service (or SaaS) as we believe that the sustainability agenda will become a key driver of it replacing on premise software. Google's new cloud computing tool for example helps its customers to pick cloud regions that have a lower carbon footprint while Microsoft just opened a new data center region in Sweden that runs entirely on green energy and supports zero-waste operations.
- With enterprises increasingly expected — by their customers, partners and government — to follow standards such as the Greenhouse Gas Protocol and report on their emissions, we are here to support CIOs to make the switch to SaaS, a service that helps to increase automation, and cut energy usage, as well as heavy operational and maintenance workload.
Reducing our Carbon Footprint
- Our goal is to terminate the use of IT systems that are not energy efficient or cannot function on renewable energy.
- We aim to retire low-use legacy systems or recycle them to reduce waste and minimize carbon footprint impact.
- We encourage our employees to conduct video conferences for meetings up to 2 hours in duration instead of travelling to a meeting location.
- We are facilitating a hybrid environment of work from home/office, reducing the need to travel, and cutting back on in-office energy consumption and waste disposal.
- We will encourage the use of car sharing (where possible) and/or the use of public transport to make any work-related travel.
- Our goal is to follow the example of Amazon and Google which use Electric Vehicle fleets for a sustainable future.
- We will aim to procure business-related electricity from renewable sources.
- Going paperless helps to reduce C02 (carbon dioxide) emissions. Turning a single tree into 17 reams of paper results in around 110 lbs of C02 being released into the atmosphere. Additionally, trees are also ‘carbon sinks’ and every tree that is not cut down for paper usage is able to absorb C02 gasses. The average tree can absorb around a ton- 2,000 lbs- of C02 in its lifetime. Source: Paperless Productivity
- By 2024, we aim to be a "paperless office” by reducing our use of paper and becoming a fully digital company.