Ensuring Sustainable Operations
We have a longstanding commitment to sustainable operations and take a responsible approach to reducing our direct and indirect environmental impacts.
Our Journey to Net Zero
Our commitment to becoming carbon neutral.
Computacenter has a longstanding commitment to sustainable operations, and we take a responsible approach to reducing our direct and indirect environmental impacts. We became carbon neutral for Scopes 1 & 2 emissions at the end of 2022. This has been achieved through increasing our own renewable energy generation and the proportion of energy we purchase from renewable sources, continued investment in energy-efficient lighting and equipment, and the purchase of carbon offsetting credits using Gold Standard offsetting schemes.
The Board has agreed a target of being Net Zero for Scope 3 emissions by 2040, ten years ahead of our previous target. Scope 3 emissions include all other indirect emissions including our business travel and transportation as well as those from sources that we do not own or directly control including our supply chain.
Securing energy from renewable sources both on and off-site.
In 2022, 78% of the Group’s electricity usage came from renewable sources. Across our office locations and Integration Centers, we have implemented measures to reduce the energy consumed without impacting our operations.
Changing the ways in which we travel for a more sustainable future.
An important part of Computacenter’s business involves the physical connection between our talent, customers, and extensive vendor network. Whilst we have learnt new ways of working and minimised our reliance on carbon-intensive travel, there are many occasions where we still need to get people to and from different locations. In addition to reducing our travel, we’re changing how we do it too, and where needed, levy and offset our collective impact.
We have a target to reduce emissions from business travel by up to 35% by 2025, compared to the baseline in 2019. While the target remains challenging to achieve given the Group’s growth, we continued to progress towards it in 2022, achieving a 50% reduction in carbon emissions from flights and hotel rooms compared to the 2019 baseline.
We are continuing to reduce our carbon emissions by changing work patterns and policies such as:
- Prioritising low-carbon methods of transport including lower-impact rail
- Eliminating feeder flights in key geographies where alternatives exist
- Investing in virtual meeting technology to reduce travel demand
- CO2e visibility within booking portal to inform better travel decision making
- Internal management review processes to mitigate avoidable trips
- The encouragement of multi-purpose trips to maximise business output per tCO2e
- Electrifying our vehicle fleet and capping emissions on company cars
Computacenter has introduced a single fee levied across all business trips that include air and/or hotel bookings. This revenue will be allocated to projects that reduce CO2e. Trip levies provide both financial and carbon-based accountability when deciding how to move responsibly around the world.
Building transport relationships that don't cost the earth
We’re proud to work with some of the world’s most innovative logistics companies, as a supplier in helping to automate and streamline their operations, and a customer as the recipient of delivery services. Our partnerships are founded on a mutual understanding for reducing our footprint where possible at every step of the logistics process.
Preferencing couriers with PEV (Plug-In Electric Vehicle) fleets is one of the ways we are reducing tailpipe emissions for device deliveries. Pickup and deliveries account for the most emissions generated from any one shipment which is why our focus remains on what happens at either end of the shipment. Streamlining deliveries by either centralising, or decentralising distribution have also played a role in reducing the travel footprint of the goods we buy and sell. With our strategically located Integration Centers in key geographies, we’re able to leverage our capabilities in these markets to dispatch goods in through the most efficient channels possible.
Computacenter’s own fleet of vehicles is helping to lower carbon emissions across the business. Our increasing PEV share of our fleet, investment in electric vehicle charging points, and self-generated electricity are some of the practical ways we are using our infrastructure to reduce our environmental toll.
Shared values within a complex supply chain
Computacenter works with a diverse set of suppliers, many of whom play a key part in the success of our business. Maintaining a reliable, resilient supply chain that understands how we work and aligns with our sustainability goals is of paramount importance - not just to us, but to our customers too.
Developing onsite renewable energy solutions to drive positive environmental change.
UN Sustainable Development Goals
We are focused on where we can take meaningful action aligned to nine of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.