Empower your sustainable IT strategy with HPE this Earth Day

APRIL 19, 2023 • BLOG POST • MONICA BATCHELDER, CHIEF SUSTAINABILITY OFFICER

IN THIS ARTICLE

  • HPE is committed to becoming a net-zero enterprise across our entire value chain by the year 2040
  • By accelerating our customers’ digital transformations, we are solving their business and sustainability goals, without compromise

Monica Batchelder is participating in a livestreamed panel discussion with other sustainable IT experts from HPE

Earth Day is an annual reminder of the commitments we’ve made to reduce our environmental impact to the planet, to take stock of progress we’ve made, and to continually strive to leave a livable planet for future generations. In today’s digital world, sustainable IT can play a significant role for enterprises to fulfill these environmental commitments, which is why HPE sees sustainability as inextricably linked to our business strategy.

In celebration of Earth Day, I’ll be participating in a livestreamed panel discussion with other sustainable IT experts from HPE to help our customers, partners and team members understand the most pressing sustainability challenges facing IT organizations. My colleagues Tiffani Jarnigan, Director, Sustainability Innovation and Partnerships, John Frey, Chief Technologist, Sustainable Transformation, and Brian Falvey, Vice President of Sales, HPE GreenLake North America, will join me for a robust discussion hosted by Mike Hilton, Managing Director of HPE Canada, about how HPE solutions empower users to take charge of their IT estate’s impact on the planet.

How HPE is helping companies implement sustainable IT solutions

Growing pressure on organizations to reduce carbon emissions has led to an uptick in companies integrating sustainability into their business models and an increase in questioning how they can incorporate sustainability into their digital transformation journeys. With the growing environmental footprint associated with IT, Chief Information Officers are increasingly being held accountable for achieving large emission reduction targets. This is where the decades of expertise HPE has in delivering sustainable IT systems and solutions can support companies’ sustainability agendas. The race to achieving net-zero emissions can only be won together, as our carbon footprints are interconnected in so many ways.

Linking it all together – sustainability strategy becomes business strategy

HPE is committed to becoming a net-zero enterprise across our entire value chain by the year 2040, and a large part of achieving that goal comes from reducing scope 3 emissions, which are out of our direct span of control. In fact, the largest portion of our footprint is generated from customers’ use of our products and solutions. That makes partnering with our customers a critical part of our journey to net-zero. By accelerating our customers’ digital transformations, we are solving their business and sustainability goals, without compromise.

We encourage our customers to see value, not compliance requirements, when thinking about sustainability. Becoming a more sustainable enterprise is a catalyst for change and transformation. Companies that link digital transformation with sustainability are 2.51 times more likely to be among tomorrow’s strongest-performing businesses than those that do not. Sustainability is increasingly becoming a prerequisite for doing business, with a growing number of enterprises tying contract awards to the environmental performance of the solutions they’re purchasing.

Shrinking the environmental footprint of hybrid IT

While public cloud offers sustainability benefits, not all apps and data can be put in the public cloud. Analysts point out that, despite the benefits of public cloud, the world remains decidedly hybrid. According to IDC, 70% of apps and data remain in data centers, colocations, and edges, for reasons like low latency needs, data governance policies, sovereignty, compliance, or the entangled applications typical of traditional IT. Organizations are faced with dual challenges: the first being to manage data and workloads across complex hybrid architectures, and the second being to design and operate a hybrid IT system with efficiency in mind that is able to meet the mounting sustainability requirements facing IT today.

This is where IT-as-a-service can offer a simplified IT solution that gives users the ability to drive down energy use and save money by optimizing workloads and utilization rates. HPE’s flagship offering, HPE GreenLake, provides customers a cloud-native experience to power their hybrid strategy, while empowering them to reduce their environmental footprint, not only through the inherent benefits of a scalable workload solution, but also through additional environmental reduction opportunities such as HPE’s end-of-life asset recovery program.

By pulling all the levers available to them, CIOs can be the sustainability heroes of their organization – public or private, large or small. That’s why heading into Earth Day, I’m more energized than ever to lead the team of professionals dedicated to enabling every part of our company to contribute to solving one of the greatest challenges of our time: climate change. Find the Earth Day webcast replay at http://www.hpe.com/events/EarthDay2023 and learn more about sustainable IT at https://www.hpe.com/info/sustainable-it

 

1Accenture , The European double up, strengthen competitiveness. January 2021 https://www.accenture.com/ch-en/insights/strategy/european-double-up

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