Q&A with Tech Impact Awards Judges
1. Why did you agree to become a CRN Tech Impact judge?
Because I admire what CRN are trying to achieve in the sustainability space, and because I strongly support the aims of these awards. I am sure that together the IT channel can shine a light on this most pressing of challenges which we all face together – reducing Greenhouse gases and consequently global warming.
2. How would you assess the IT channel’s record on environmental and social sustainability overall?
Reasonable start to average effort so far – but we all can and all need to do a lot better!
3. What’s the most alarming sustainability-related stat you’ve heard recently?
Rainforests once covered 14% of the earth's land surface; now they cover a mere 6% and experts estimate that the last remaining rainforests could be consumed in less than 40 years. Over an acre of rainforest is destroyed every second. Terrifying.
4. What advice would you have for IT providers looking for quick wins on sustainability?
All wins are welcome. Some are easy quick wins, like ensuring that 100% of lightbulbs used are LED or banning single use plastic bottles in the office. Some wins take longer like refurbishing aircon systems. Two examples of “medium quick wins” may be installing some electric vehicle chargers or switching electricity suppliers (or tarrifs) towards a greener alternative.
5. Have you or your company’s outlook towards sustainability changed in the last year?
This year in particular, 2021 no. We have just been continuing, actually probably accelerating, on our Jigsaw24 sustainability journey which we started in 2018/19, towards net zero. But this year and in last year in 2020 Covid has caused us all to realise even more what is precious: our most precious asset is planet earth. We need to look after it so it looks after us.