Connect Group PLC continue to improve carbon efficiency with Blue Chip tree planting scheme

Wednesday 23rd April 2014

Connect Group PLC work hard to minimise energy consumption and reduce carbon emissions, and have recently committed to planting 36,000 trees at the Forest of Marston Vale, as part of a tree planting scheme with Data Centre provider Blue Chip.

The scheme, which will eventually see 768,000 trees planted over a ten-year period, aims to offset the carbon emissions created by IT infrastructure.

Connect Group began migration of their IT systems to the Bedfordshire-based Data Centre in January, and are due to complete by the end of June 2014. At the end of this process, they will have migrated 416 systems from across the Group into just two shared Data Centres. This will greatly benefit the environment; the specialised eco-cooling and warm air recycling systems in the Data Centres deliver a much lower Power Usage Efficiency (PUE).

Last month Richard Webb, Group IT and Services Director, and Robert Wilson, Chief Technology Officer, visited the Data Centre to plant trees at the Forest of Marston Vale.

Richard commented:

“At Connect Group, we work hard to reduce our carbon emissions and energy usage, and take our responsibilities towards the environment very seriously.

 I’m delighted that we are part of this scheme - by working with Blue Chip we are being environmentally aware, as well as investing in the local community and maintaining a positive approach to corporate social responsibility.”

Since 2010 Connect Group PLC have continually reduced their Carbon Trust Footprint submissions. They were also ranked in the top four per cent of companies in the last Government Carbon Reduction (CRC) Scheme, and were accredited for the Carbon Trust Standard.

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