Making IT sustainable: Carbon offset program

IT Services has entered a new agreement with CDW and Lenovo, our suppliers of desktop and laptop devices, as part of Lenovo's new CO2 Offset Services initiative. This means we're now able to offset the carbon generated by the devices we purchase - in production, shipping and for a typical 5 year lifecycle of the device. We're making IT sustainable, in alignment with the University's Strategic Framework and the incoming Digital Strategy. 

The carbon offsetting is delivered through a range of projects; these are run by Lenovo's sustainability partner, ClimeCo. Projects include windmills, solar cells and biomass energy, among others, which have been vetted by the United Nations.

How it works 

IT Services simply orders devices using a special serial number to indicate the CO2 Offset option; there's no additional work involved for us, Lenovo does the rest. We then receive certification of the specific amount of carbon we've offset through the scheme.

Lenovo charge a small fee for this service to cover the costs of running it; they don't profit from the scheme. As our partners Lenovo and CDW are sharing the cost of this with IT Services, we're getting the best deal for the University, as well as for the environment. 

More about the carbon offset projects by ClimeCo for Lenovo

ClimeCo for Lenovo - Project Options: CO2 Offset Service - full details in text below image

United Nations Vetted Projects - Global Climate Action, United Nations Climate Change 

Project: Biomass Energy

Country: India

Co-benefits: Local jobs 

The project generates electricity ata suagr mill by the combustion of bagasse which is a carbon neutral fuel. The technology used on the project is reliable and safe for workers and the environment. 

Project: Wind Energy 

Country: India

Co-benefits: Local jobs and infrastructure development 

The project generates electrical energy through sustainable means using wind power to mitigate climate change. Without this renewable source, the electrcitiy would have been generated by GHG intesnvie fossil fuel. 

Project: Waste to Energy

Country: India

Co-benefits: Safe and Cclean waste disposal, recycling 

The project offers a safe, technologically advanced means of waste disposal. It also generates clean, renewable energy, reducing GHG - in methane gas emissions. The project also supports recycling through the recovery of metals and other recyclable materials. 

Project: Wind Energy 

Country: Guatemala

Co-benefits: Local school improvements and supplies 

the project is the first wind project loaated in the Guatemalan region and deploys sixteen wind turbine generators that provie green electricity to the regioinal grid, meeting the demand of over 20,000 homes. 

Other projects

Project: Wind Energy 

Country: Bulgaria 

Co-benefits: Local jobs

The project generates renewable electricty using wind power and supplies it to the Mongolian central electricity system grid to met the growing electricity demand. The wind farm has been constructed so as to allow for the land to continue to be used as agricultural land by the owners and the farmers. 

Project: Solar Cookers

Country: China

Co-benefits: Regional sustainable development

The project provides solar cookers for poor rural farmers in remote areas of China to replace coal for cooking and hot water needs, which considerably reduces the use of coal and improves indoor air quality by avoiding coal smoke. 


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