Computacenter has become the latest IT services firm to launch a new green consultancy service designed to help IT chiefs limit the environmental impact of their hardware.
Unveiled yesterday, the new Green IT Advisory Service offers customers six new support and consultancy services designed to help firms complete their "journey towards IT sustainability".
Heidi-Lynn Mitchell, product services director for Computacenter's hardware division, said that the company anticipated a lot of customer interest in the new service and insisted it would be available for only a small premium on normal services. "We want people to engage with this service and we don't want cost to be a barrier to this happening," she said.
Under the new initiative customers will first be offered a simple self service checklist designed to highlight opportunities for them to limit their IT department's environmental impact.
They can then sign up to a full IT estate audit from Computacenter that will measure energy consumption and identify where hardware or configuration changes could limit power usage.
In addition to the auditing service Mitchell said Computacenter would also offer an employer awareness programme designed to encourage firms' staff to turn off their IT equipment; a green IT reporting service to notify customers of the energy consumption of new products and the value of re-marketing end of life equipment; and a consumables service to assess and advise on the environmental impact of consumables such as ink cartridges.
Completing the new portfolio is a wide reaching IT environmental sustainability service designed to help firms minimise the impact of their IT estate and offer them the opportunity to offset the full carbon footprint of their IT equipment.
"We will help firms select new kit based on its full lifetime usage costs rather than just the up front costs and will configure all new equipment to minimise energy consumption based on the company's business needs," she said. "We have also gone a step further than the offset schemes offered by vendors such as Dell [that cover the energy used powering a PC during the three years of its life] and calculated the typical carbon footprint for the manufacture, transport to the UK, distribution, usage and recycling of IT equipment."
She added that firms would then be given the final figure, allowing them to offset the true carbon cost of their IT estate if they so choose.
Computacenter also announced that customer deliveries will now be undertaken using biodiesel fuelled vehicles from its courier partner Business Direct and that a new trolley technology would allow the supplier to deliver new PCs to customers without packaging them up.
Meanwhile, closer collaboration with Computacenter's IT re-marketing and disposal subsidiary RDC will see the company offer customers a buy back price when they purchase new kit. "By showing firms there is a re-marketing value to IT equipment when they purchase it we can encourage greater reuse and reduce the amount that gets thrown out," explained Mitchell.
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