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IT Force goes CarbonNeutral® in Ireland

15 November 2010 |

Indigenous IT outsourcing specialist, IT Force, today announced that it has become certified as a CarbonNeutral® company. The announcement will see over 66 tonnes of CO2 neutralised in the first year.

15th Nov 2010: IT Force's CarbonNeutral® programme was developed in consultation with The CarbonNeutral Company, the world leading provider of carbon reduction solutions. The CarbonNeutral Company measured IT Force's carbon footprint and has advised IT Force how to reduce emissions across the business through internal operations and investment in offsetting projects.

The process involved an independent expert assessment of the company's carbon emissions and a reduction plan through adopting greener business operations across the company and offsetting the remaining carbon emissions through a high quality, verified carbon offset project. Located in China, the Tieling Coal Mine Methane Capture project captures coal mine methane and uses it as an energy source to supply gas to homes and local industry.

The carbon reduction strategy ties in closely with IT Force’s wider sustainability initiatives including a relocation of offices to ensure closer proximity to clients, the city’s public transport network and less emissions through personal transportation.

With a clear understanding of where carbon is currently being generated, IT Force is now on target to further reduce its emissions by 20% by 2011. This will be achieved by implementing further internal policies in relation to printing, recycling, power usage and general wastage and by switching to greener suppliers for electricity and office supplies. The initiative is being led by the team of directors at IT Force, including Managing Director John Bergin, who commented - “The relationship with The CarbonNeutral Company will be on-going, to ensure we keep up to date with international environmental standards and best practice. For us, it is not just about ‘being green’ – it’s also about being ‘lean and mean’ as a company. By being more waste conscious and hyper-efficient, we have lower overheads as a company, essential in today’s economic climate”.

Bergin elaborated on some of the green initiatives underway at the company – “We have cut down on paper usage, saved money on electricity and general office supplies. As part of our move to the hub of the city’s public transport network, we are actively promoting sustainable travel for employees such as adopting the governments TaxSaver travel scheme, promoting the Dublin Bikes and investing in facilities to make cycling to work easy for staff. We have three car parking spaces in the building here but they are rarely used”.

IT Force has also engaged staff and clients by setting up a “green idea” mailbox where green ideas and suggestions can be put forward for consideration. Suggestions to date have included “make and bring your own lunch day” - where no pre-package sandwiches are permitted - to the monthly “Dublin-bike only” day. “Everyone in the company is involved and we have a common interest”, explained Bergin.

Bergin explained how the company’s commitment to the environment is not just aspirational – “it is now an audited and formal process. We use the environmentally friendly products & services ourselves that we promote to clients, such as remote working, unified communications, virtualisation, cloud computing, print and power management. We are passionate in the belief that CarbonNeutral® certification generates real business profits and we can reinvest more back into our remote support systems, our research on new technologies and how we deliver services to clients”.

Rebecca Fay, Marketing Director of The CarbonNeutral Company said, “Companies such as IT Force are leading the way in actively tackling climate change by implementing a CSR strategy which combines both internal reductions and external reductions through carbon offsetting. In our experience, clients who reduce emissions to net zero to achieve CarbonNeutral® certification demonstrate to stakeholders – clients, staff and the wider business community – that they are proactively acting to take responsibility for their impact on the climate.”

About IT Force
IT Force ensures superior management, development and support of your IT systems while at the same time reducing your IT spend. We do this by becoming your complete IT department or by supplementing the one you already have. This enables you to minimise the need for your own dedicated IT staff and redirect in-house resources to focus on your own priorities.

Since inception in 1999, IT Force has focused on infrastructure services. This relates to the help-desk, desktop, server, network and telephony functions. Since infrastructure management is essential to all organisations, our client portfolio ranges from independent management consultants working on the go to some of the largest corporate and government IT departments in Ireland.

Irrespective of whom they are, our clients benefit from reduced IT costs, better IT system management and an unrivalled level of customer service.