Decreasing Carbon In IT And Adding Value

By Ed Moltzen

Stop thinking of carbon reduction as a cost center in IT. Start thinking of it as a cost cutter and value provider.

Stop thinking of carbon reduction as a cost center in IT. Start thinking of it as a cost cutter and value provider—according to data and analysis in a new study published by global consulting firm McKinsey & Company.

The study reaffirms the benefits of businesses enacting a net-zero carbon emission strategy with a more defined result: hard cost savings in operations, the firm says.

“(W)e are see leading organizations integrate cost and carbon reductions simultaneously,” the study reports. “Our analysis shows that companies are already seeing results: up to 40 percent reductions in emissions and up to a 15 percent improvement in financial performance. By 2030, incumbents can, on average, abate 20 to 40 percent of emissions while also reducing their production costs.”

The new data provided shows that return on investment—in both the long term and short term—are emerging as a strong factor for companies that have begun embarking on a carbon reduction strategy.

“(I)n some sectors, we see the potential to reduce emissions by as much as 60 to 80 percent while still having a favorable business case based on net present value,” says McKinsey.

For IT solution providers, a strong pathway to achieving both carbon reduction and financial benefit can be found through Schneider Electric’s  portfolio of EcoStruxure products and services.

Schneider Electric's EcoStruxure platform is a digital toolset designed for the optimization and automation of energy, infrastructure and industrial processes. This platform aids businesses in achieving a comprehensive view of their energy use, facilitating the identification of inefficiencies, enhancing operational optimizations and integrating renewable energy resources.

EcoStruxure has been a longtime mainstay of Schneider Electric’s decarbonization offerings, which includes EcoStruxture IT Expert - a popular tool for solution provider partners in this effort. Additionally, the APC Secure Power lineup, including Single Phase UPS solutions, can go a long way toward boosting efficiency in operations, which, in turn, adds to a decarbonized environment.

And enhancing value has been core to the IT solution provider channel for decades.

As McKinsey puts it: “Reducing costs and carbon simultaneously can also free up cash to invest in new business opportunities that emerge from the ongoing net-zero transition.”



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