Three years ago, the Datacom Group achieved Toitū Envirocare’s carbonreduce certification and we’ve now achieved that for the third year running, recognising our efforts in measuring and managing our carbon footprint.

Datacom has also achieved certification for our four New Zealand data centres in Auckland, Hamilton, Wellington and Christchurch, following on from our news earlier this year that our data centres are now powered by renewable energy – including hydro, wind and geothermal – to minimise the impact on the environment.

As an organisation Datacom has set itself the goal of being net carbon neutral by 2030 and we are making good progress: this year saw a 16% year-on-year reduction in our carbon footprint and a 34% reduction on our 2020 base.

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Committing to renewable energy for our data centres and focusing on reductions in work-related air travel has helped shift our carbon footprint, but overall Datacom’s sustainability journey comes down to a lot of smaller changes in the way we work.

We’re finding opportunities to support the sustainability goals of our partners and customers, from helping source more sustainable product choices to wider operational changes, for example smart logistics and agile warehousing.

Our Datacom teams are actively looking for opportunities to deploy technology in smart ways to create efficiencies and minimise waste. For example, a trial of IoT bin sensors saw rubbish runs cut from over seven hours to four and a reduction of fleet numbers by eight vehicles – if the system is rolled out across all 30 different routes in a single city it is estimated it could reduce carbon dioxide emissions by up to 51 metric tons a year.

“We strongly believe technology has a significant role to play in addressing the critical challenges we face,” says – Datacom Group CEO Greg Davidson. “Our environmental and climate change initiatives not only aim to embed sustainability into everything we do as a business, but also enable our customers to shape their own sustainable future through smart use of technology.”

Our progress has been recognised by many of our partners too. One recent achievement has seen Datacom become a Catalyst 5 partner in HP’s Amplify Impact programme in Australia and our team is the first in New Zealand to become a Catalyst 4 partner.

As we look ahead to 2024, we want to continue to be transparent about our sustainability journey, to carefully track our progress so we are accountable, and to look for opportunities to learn and adopt more sustainable practices across the company.

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