Computer Brokers leads IT industry greening; joins Sustainability Business Network
Auckland, April 10, 2008
New Zealand computing infrastructure integrator and services provider Lexel is leading IT industryís drive to sustainability, joining the Sustainability Business Network and undertaking an internal benchmarking audit to build on its green achievements.
Lexel general manager Noel Simpson said the company had progressed well beyond industry "lip service" and instituted a raft of measures minimising waste and environmental impacts.
"Green is a popular bandwagon, so it's important that sustainable-minded buyers put hard questions to vendors to sift wagon-riders from the real thing," Simpson said.
He said Lexel had made sustainability a top priority, spurring a review that had resulted in new company wide practises and ongoing measurement.
As well as formalising recycling programmes for computing equipment and paper, the company has embraced virtualisation both in-house and client-side to improve energy efficiency, and remote support and work practices minimising travel. Changes to lighting and air conditioning have reduced electricity consumption, and a supply chain policy top-lists vendors operating credible recycling programs.
Simpson said Lexel is currently investigating a carbon neutrality commitment, which would include a vehicle fleet upgrade to hybrid or diesel company vehicles.
Lexel's progress contrasts with recent research published by IBM and the New Zealand Business Council for Sustainable Development, showing that Zealand businesses are making changes that result in quick energy use reductions, but only a fifth have a formal sustainable development strategy.
The study also found the number of IT managers who believed local businesses had to be more sustainable to have continued success in the global economy, was less than their business counterparts (55 against 65 percent). Also, 26 percent of IT managers didnít think it was possible to reduce emissions from IT equipment without compromising performance.
According to the study 47 percent of local firms surveyed had introduced recycling schemes, 38 percent monitored energy use and 34 percent used energy-efficient lighting. However, only 21 percent said they had a formal plan for sustainable development.
About the Sustainable Business Network
The Sustainable Business Network is a forum for businesses interested in sustainable development practice. It promotes sustainable practice in New Zealand and supports businesses on the path to becoming sustainable, linking businesses and providing a forum for the exchange of ideas and experiences. Sustainable Business is the integration of economic growth, social equity and environmental management, both for now and for the future.
Environmental Quality: To implement practices and procedures that go beyond compliance through the adoption of proactive strategies to restore and enhance the environment in which we live, work and play.
Social Equity: To operate as a good corporate citizen, encourage respect and dignity to all stakeholders by developing mutually beneficial partnerships with local community stakeholders.
Economic Prosperity: To undertake business management so as to support long-term economic growth for New Zealand.
Corporate Governance & Ethics: To conduct business in an ethical manner and to seek to do business with companies, which adopt the same principles.
Why Sustainable Development Makes Good Business Sense:
- Being a responsible employer ensures you attract a committed workforce
- Builds community, supplier and regulatory relationships
- Using resources efficiently has a positive impact on the bottom line
- Increases competitiveness through innovation
- Reduced environmental impact and associated costs
SBN is proudly supported by its Cornerstone Sponsor, the Ministry for Environment. http://www.sustainable.org.nz/cms/index.php