How to reduce your business’s carbon footprint

and become an environmentally conscious business

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Today we know that the excessive consumption of energy is harmful to the environment and a significant contributing factor of global warming. What many businesses may not realise, however, is that traditional desktop computers are a big energy drain and continuing to use them could mean your company is contributing to the problem.
This is what we know: The average business PC consumes 300 watts of power per hour and operates for 8 hours a day, five days per week, 52 weeks of the year. That’s 2080 operating hours per year and 624 kilowatt hours (kWh) of electricity consumed. In Western Australia, each kilowatt hour of electricity consumed generates 0.72 kg of carbon dioxide greenhouse gases. That equals a whopping 449 kg of CO2 per PC every year.

How to operate as an environmentally aware business

When aware of their impact, most businesses want to do what they can to reduce their carbon footprint. The good news is that it is easy to achieve significant savings and receive a host of other benefits for your business, beyond being green.

1. Thin terminals

Switching your business to a cloud desktop solution with thin terminals can significantly reduce your business’s carbon footprint while saving you money and delivering a better, more flexible and secure IT solution. With a cloud desktop your business can use low-cost, thin terminals instead of old desktop computers. Thin terminals consume a mere 15 watts of power, saving 593 kWh of electricity and 427 kg of CO2 each year, a consumption reduction which saves businesses quite a sum on their electricity bills.

If the business power savings from operating the equipment are not enough to move you, consider the CO2 produced shipping these products.

A typical PC has a shipping weight of around 6 kg, excluding screen and peripherals. Since most computers used in Australia are manufactured in Asia, each one travels at least 6000 km. Bulk road and sea freight produce approximately 0.15kg CO2 per tonne-kilometre, and air freight produces 0.5kg CO2 per tonne-kilometre. That’s between 5.4 kg and 18 kg of CO2 for each PC, depending on the method of transport. By comparison, a thin terminal weighing less than 0.4 kg will produce transport-related CO2 of only 0.36 to 1.2 kg CO2. A saving of 97%.

2. Cloud solutions

Cloud solutions aren’t just good for reducing carbon footprint. Integrated cloud desktop solutions, such as OpenDesk, allow staff to retain the desktop experience and applications they are used to, while also gaining flexible access to IT services from any internet-connected device. This also opens up the possibility of hot desking which can reduce energy consumption in the office even further.
Making the shift from traditional PCs to a cloud desktop solution with thin terminals not only saves the environment — a 427 kg reduction in CO2 — but also saves businesses around $167 in electricity consumption per year, per PC. If you leave your PCs running 24/7, the savings are even greater at 1798 kg reduction in CO2 and 2497 kWh of electricity worth $707 per year, per PC. This is a win-win for the environment and your bottom line.

Considering how simple and beneficial for the bottom line it is to be green, isn’t it time you became an environmentally conscious business? Contact Openet today to find out more.

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