New technologies such as artificial intelligence, blockchain, and robotics are enabling a rapid shift towards a more sustainable and resource efficient future. In fact, research by the Global e-Sustainability Initiative (GeSI) estimates that ICT has the potential to enable a 20% reduction of global CO2e emissions by 2030.

At Capgemini, we believe the greatest contribution we can make to addressing environmental challenges is through the services we deliver to our clients. Addressing these challenges requires cross-sector collaboration and innovation for decades to come. As part of our commitment to playing our part we have developed a deeper understanding of the sustainability benefits of the services we deliver to our clients. In 2017 we announced a new global target:

Helping Schneider Electric set energy benchmarks

Schneider Electric have an ambitious target to become carbon neutral by 2030 and Capgemini are committed to helping achieve that target. At the start of 2018, Capgemini worked on a proof of concept to help visualize the energy consumption and carbon emissions of Schneider’s IT operations. Our task was to develop five dashboards for the most relevant and insightful IT, energy consumption, and sustainability KPIs.

Capgemini’s Insights & Data and Sustainability teams collaborated closely with Schneider IT teams to measure, track, and visualize data at an unprecedented level of detail. A complex data set covering all aspects of IT operations and hardware was used to identify KPIs and calculate carbon footprints.

The dashboards prove the power of Business Intelligence tools to help users identify energy efficiency savings, such as addressing spikes in hardware usage over the weekend, reducing LAN capacity at night-time, and identifying inefficient applications to decommission or migrate to the cloud.

They have helped provide a baseline energy consumption and carbon footprint for Schneider’s global IT operations giving visibility from enterprise level down to individual sites and applications. They have also laid the foundations for Schneider to report carbon emissions in a way that engages a broader range of stakeholders and to benchmark performance against other organizations.

Cutting carbon from Capgemini’s operations

As well as helping clients meet their sustainability goals, Capgemini also have an ambitious internal sustainability program. We were one of the first companies in our sector to have our carbon reduction targets validated by the Science-Based Target initiative (SBTi).

By the end of 2017, we had already reduced our emissions per employee by 15%, meaning we are now over halfway toward meeting our 2030 target. This outstanding progress has been achieved by reducing our data center energy emissions by 15%, our office energy emissions by 8%, and our business travel emissions by 4%. You can find a detailed analysis of our progress in the Capgemini Group Environmental Sustainability Update.

Will Holt, Sustainability Analyst, Capgemini UK,
Harry Ashman, Sustainability Manager, Capgemini UK