CHG-MERIDIAN, an independent technology manager, is launching carbonZER0, its first green financing option. This new option is being introduced in 27 countries and will enable companies to make carbon-neutral IT investments by offsetting the carbon emissions that are generated during the production, transportation, use and end-of-lease phase of IT assets.
“Green and climate-friendly operations are increasingly becoming an important differentiating factor for companies,” Oliver Schorer, member of the board of management and chief information officer at CHG-MERIDIAN, said. “Many of our customers are pursuing ambitious sustainability targets and are mindful of the environmental impact of their equipment when it comes to IT procurement too. The overall carbon footprint of the IT equipment is a key consideration. In carbonZER0, we have created a simple yet comprehensive solution for carbon-neutral — and thus more sustainable — investment in IT equipment.”
A product is considered to be carbon-neutral if its CO2 emissions have been calculated and either avoided entirely or offset by making a payment to a certified climate protection project. The underlying principle is that greenhouse gases are dispersed equally in the atmosphere, regardless of where they were generated. If emissions cannot be avoided locally, they are offset elsewhere by a climate protection project that has been proven to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
To achieve carbon-neutral leasing, CHG-MERIDIAN works with an independent partner to determine the volume of emissions of different asset classes, including PCs, tablets and smartphones. The CO2 emissions during production and transportation and as a result of electricity generation during the use and end-of-life phases are translated into monetary amounts and added to the lease installment.
“The cost of making IT equipment carbon-neutral is just a few cents per asset per month. Our customers can simply add the service to their existing order without any additional hassle. We take care of everything for them, including making the offset payment to certified climate projects,” Schorer said.
Customers will receive a certificate as proof of the CO2 emissions saved. It can be viewed digitally in TESMA, the technology and service management system from CHG-MERIDIAN, along with the information on which assets are carbon-neutral.
The offset payments under CHG-MERIDIAN’s carbon-neutral leasing platform go toward four projects: solar power (Namibia), wind energy (Indonesia), rainforest conservation (Peru) and hydroelectric power (Sri Lanka). All of these projects have been certified in accordance with internationally recognized standards and contribute to sustainable development in their countries in line with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the United Nations. CHG-MERIDIAN is prioritizing three of the 17 SDGs: quality education, affordable and clean energy, and responsible consumption and production. Each of the selected climate projects contributes to at least two of these goals.
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