Today the IT-industry's combined CO2-emissions are on level with the emissions from the entire airline industry. It is estimated that 2% of the global CO2-emissions originate from IT. This is a challenge that we as an IT-developer and -supplier take very seriously. In order to mitigate our environmental footprint we have a dedicated approach to reducing our overall resource consumption. These efforts have resulted in energy saving projects totaling more than 8.6m kWh since 2009.
To further strengthen our approach to sustainability KMD implemented the ISO 14001 standard for environmental management in 2013.
IT is not just a source of pollution; IT can also be a driving force behind limiting CO2-emissions. The international think tank GeSi (Global E-Sustainability Initiative) estimates that developments in IT can reduce the combined global CO2-emissions by 20%.
In KMD we offer a range of products that can help organizations reduce their environmental footprint. From electronic archives that reduce the need for physical prints to administrative solutions that help streamline workflows and optimize energy expenditure.
KMD shines the spotlight on energy expenditure. Since 2008 KMD has initiated a number of energy saving projects which has resulted in energy saving projects equivalent to 28% of KMD’s total energy expenditure in 2008. In total KMD has found energy savings totaling more than 8.6m kWh which is roughly the same as 1600 family houses spend in a year.
ISO 14001 helps elevate KMD’s environmental efforts. To reduce our environmental impact as much as possible, KMD has devised a decisive and ambitious plan for us to become a more sustainable business. Part of this plan was realized in 2013 when KMD gained our certification in the ISO 14001 standard for environmental management. Our ambitions are also made clear by our ambitious environmental policy which has been continuously updated since 2008, most recently in 2015.
KMD's products can help our customers reduce their CO2-emissions. IT is one of the most important catalysts for reducing the overall environmental impact on our society. IT allows us to reduce the need for physical products and services. Electronic archives and digital communication reduces the need for prints, and video conferences can reduce the need for physical meetings. Finally electronic data collection and analysis on patterns of energy expenditure can help identify areas where improvements are necessary and possible.
KMD aims to recycle and reuse 70% of our waste by 2020. In KMD we are very aware of our waste and how to best recycle it. Every year we recycle or reuse more than 62% of our waste. Our datacenters and printing operation recycles and reuses more than 82 per cent of their waste, and we are working hard to reduce the percentage of waste going to landfills from our office and cafeteria facilities.