Xylos 💛 its people
People are an essential part of our story. We are committed to an inclusive work environment based not only on personal values, but also on the belief that diversity makes us stronger as a company.
The Xylos values – Diversity, Respect, Innovation, Vision and Entrepreneurship – and the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) inspire us to do even better in the future.
Xylos 💚 the planet
Ecology is becoming increasingly important in the IT industry, and we recognize that we can play an important leading the way. We follow the mantra ‘Reduce, reuse, recycle’, not only when it comes to our customers’ IT solutions, but in-house as well. We are certainly not perfect. However, inspired by the Sustainable Development Goals, we actively think about sustainable environmental alternatives.
We encourage our colleagues, partners and customers to think along with us, and to invest time and resources to do even better in the future.
One of the Sustainable Development Goals that is particularly important to us is the Partnership Goal. Our partners are an essential part of our story. By working closely with our suppliers, we offer our customers tailor-made solutions, ensuring them there are no unnecessary add-ons that create additional consumption.
Together with our partners, we look for the most sustainable alternatives and the best possible solutions. Only by working together we make real progress.
Everything you need to know
about sustainable IT
Sustainable IT is the integration of eco-friendly practices and technologies. It includes energy-efficient hardware, reduction in electronic waste, virtualization, cloud computing, and power management, aimed at reducing the environmental impact of IT operations. By deploying sustainable IT, organizations not only help to protect the environment, but also improve operational efficiency and reduce costs.
IT companies can make a significant contribution to sustainability through various measures:
- Energy Efficiency: Choose energy-efficient hardware and use power management solutions.
- E-waste Reduction: Implement recycling programs and encourage the responsible disposal of electronic waste.
- Sustainable Procurement: Select suppliers and products that prioritize sustainability.
- Green Policies: Develop and implement sustainability policies within the organization.
- Employee Education: Train employees on the importance of sustainability and encourage green practices.
- Virtualization and Remote Work: Leverage virtualization technologies and encourage remote work to reduce your carbon footprint.
Sustainable IT solutions offer several benefits:
- Cost Savings: Reduced energy consumption can result in substantial savings on utility bills.
- Improved Reputation: Companies that adopt sustainable practices are often viewed more favorably by customers and stakeholders.
- Operational Efficiency: Energy-efficient hardware and cloud solutions can boost performance and reliability.
- Compliance: Meet environmental regulations and avoid penalties in doing so.
- Employee Satisfaction: Many employees take pride in working for a company that values sustainability.
- Reduced Carbon Footprint: Reduce the company’s impact on climate change.
Green IT refers to the use of computers and information technology resources in an environmentally responsible manner. It involves the implementation of practices and technologies that reduce energy consumption, minimize waste, and reduce the environmental impact of IT operations.
- Consume less power, lowering utility bills.
- Extend Hardware Lifespan: Implementing sustainability practices often results in hardware that lasts longer.
- Improved Resource Utilization: Virtualization and cloud computing allow businesses to make better use of their resources.
- Enhanced Brand Reputation: Sustainability can improve a company’s image, making it more attractive to customers and partners.
- Innovation: Sustainable practices often lead to innovative solutions that can provide a competitive advantage.
- Initial Costs: Transitioning to energy-efficient hardware or renewable energy can involve significant upfront costs.
- Technical Complexity: Implementing innovative technologies like virtualization or cloud computing can be technically complex.
- Legacy Systems: Aging systems may not be compatible with newer, more sustainable technologies.
- Lack of Expertise: An organization may not have the in-house knowledge or skills necessary to implement sustainable practices.
- Resistance to Change: Employees and management may be resistant to changing established practices.
- Assess Current Practices: Consultants can conduct audits of current IT practices to identify areas for improvement.
- Provide Expertise: Consultants often have specialized knowledge of sustainable practices and can recommend the right technologies and solutions.
- Develop Strategy: They can help develop a comprehensive sustainability strategy that aligns with the company’s goals.
- Implementation Support: Consultants can help implement sustainable technologies and practices.
- Monitoring and Optimization: After implementation, consultants can help to monitor systems and suggest optimizations for improved sustainability.
There are a few key steps you can take to reduce electronic waste:
- Extended Lifecycle: Extend the life of hardware through regular maintenance and upgrades.
- Recycling Programs: Implement programs to recycle old electronic equipment.
- Trade-in Schemes: Offer trade-in programs that allow customers to exchange old equipment for newer, more efficient models.
- Sustainable Design: Design products with modularity and repairability in mind to extend their life.
- Consumer Education: Inform consumers on how to responsibly dispose of electronic products
Electronic waste, or e-waste, has several harmful effects on the environment:
- Toxic Substances: E-waste often contains hazardous substances such as lead, mercury, and cadmium, which can leach into soil and water, posing risks to human health and ecosystems.
- Resource Depletion: The production of electronic goods consumes valuable resources like metals and minerals. Improper disposal of e-waste means that these materials are not recovered and reused, leading to faster depletion of natural resources.
- Energy Consumption: The processing and recycling of e-waste requires energy, which contributes to carbon emissions if the energy isn’t sourced from renewable energy.
- Air Pollution: Burning e-waste can release harmful chemicals into the air, contributing to air pollution and climate change.
Sustainable practices in IT include:
- Energy-efficient Hardware: Use hardware that consumes less energy.
- Virtualization: Running multiple virtual servers on a single physical server to optimize resource utilization.
- Cloud Computing: Using cloud services to reduce the need for physical infrastructure.
- Recycling and E-waste Management: Implement recycling programs and properly dispose of e-waste.
- Remote Work: Allowing employees to work remotely to reduce commuting emissions.
- Sustainable procurement: Selecting suppliers and products that prioritize sustainability.
- Energy Optimization: AI can optimize energy use in data centers and buildings by analyzing patterns and making adjustments.
- Predictive Maintenance: AI can predict when equipment needs maintenance, reducing energy waste due to inefficient operation.
- Smart Grids: AI can be used in power grids to optimize energy distribution and reduce losses.
- Supply Chain Optimization: AI can optimize supply chains to reduce transportation emissions.
- Waste Reduction: AI can help sort and recycle waste more efficiently.