Environmental Management

Britt Västerås AB, Britt Eskilstuna AB, Britt Falun AB and Britt Stockholm AB are environmentally-certified in accordance with ISO 14001. In other words, all of our companies are environmentally-certified in accordance with ISO 14001.

This means that we do a great deal to reduce our influence on the environment. ISO 14001 is an internationally accepted standard that serves as the basis for definition of environmental management. The foundation of ISO 14001 is the 55 mandatory requirements that will also be audited in the environmental management work.

What does it take to receive an ISO 14001 certificate?

  • The organisation has a quality management system that fulfils the requirements in the standard that must be applied.
  • The system is a natural part of the organisation’s daily operations.
  • The system is described.
  • The system and description are updated continuously.
  • The organisation is monitored with respect to the requirements in ISO 14001:2015 by an accredited certification organisation.

We work according to an environmental management system based on the standards in ISO 14001. Our environmental management work is based on a series of year-round activities, with a focus on continuous improvements at all times. This involves, among other things, evaluation of the environment, environmental policy, environmental goals, environmental programme, introduction/implementation, auditing, monitoring and review.

Systematic approach for the environmental management

Our model for environmental management is based on four pillars. This model is the result of work on continuous improvement. This is an excerpt of the work and the parts we work with.

Planning

  • How do we affect the environment? (Environmental aspects)
  • With which laws and regulations must we be familiar?
  • Environmental goals
  • Plan of action

Implementation

  • Who is responsible for what?
  • Training, understanding and competence
  • Communication
  • Documentation
  • Readiness for emergency situations – routines and instructions

Control and corrective measures

  • What must we measure?
  • What do we do when something goes wrong? (Deviations, corrective and preventive measures).
  • Auditing of the system (application, expediency, effectiveness)

Learn and act

  • Are we working with the right things?
  • Are we working the right way?
  • Are guidelines applied?
  • When do we achieve results?
  • What happens going forward?
  • How do we plan for this?

PUE Ratio

PUE ratios are used as a measurement of how ‘green’ a data centre is. PUE is the total energy (cooling, UPS units, lighting, ventilation and other electricity) supplied to a data/server facility divided by the energy that is consumed by the servers and other equipment attributable to computers/servers.

A PUE ratio for an antiquated facility can be as high as 2.0 or more. A PUE of 2.0 means that for every watt of IT energy that is consumed, an equal amount is consumed for cooling equipment and facilities. Our data centre in Västerås has a PUE ratio of 1.27.

Renewable Energy

The data centres in Västerås are powered exclusively with wind-generated electricity produced in Dalarna by DalaKraft.

Influence on the Environment

The objective of our environmental work is to have as little influence on the environment as possible. We have also created an environmental group that works with our environmental programme. We hold regular meetings and reviews to address matters relating to our influence on the environment.

Green IT is an investment in the future and we at Britt know Green IT. We build smart and environmentally-friendly solutions that help you develop your business. Let’s work together to help the environment and you will also enjoy lower costs, higher efficiency, new business opportunities and a stronger image.

We constantly look for new, better products and new, smarter solutions to minimise the influence of IT on the environment.

This involves the equipment in the workplace, printers and printing routines, data centres and operating services, internal and external routines and processes. The goal is to save money and to minimise the harmful influence on the environment and the way there is to develop a policy, survey the current situation and set goals for the future.

What we do

  • Recycling of cooling and heat in buildings and operating centres
  • Operating centres powered by wind-generated electricity
  • Reserve power from environmentally-friendly Ecopar diesel
  • Virtualisation with more functions in the same hardware
  • Server-based computing with energy-efficient clients and centrally optimised power
  • Selection of servers, clients and other equipment based on energy-efficiency
  • Distance support reduces travel and ensures faster service
  • Solutions for the document flow reduce mail and travel
  • Solutions for telephone and video conferences save time and reduce travel
  • Smart lighting in buildings
  • Automatic shut-down of workplace computers

Britt Environmental Policy

Britt shall, on all levels of the organisation, strive to maximise its environmental commitment.

We see this work as a continuous process and work with preventive, long-term and sustainable solutions. The purpose is to continuously improve our environmental performance.

Compliance with laws and other environmental regulations and assuming an ethical and social responsibility in environmental matters are our absolute minimum requirements. Britt has the ultimate goal of contributing to an ecologically sustainable community by:

  • Taking part in and following applicable environmental legislation and environmental provisions.
  • Prioritising products in our marketing that are safe, energy-efficient and environmentally-adapted for future recycling and safe disposal.
  • Monitoring an environmentally-conscious purchasing policy and, if necessary, pressuring suppliers and manufacturers. In the process, we continuously increase the share of products in our assortment bearing an environmentally-friendly label.
  • Providing the necessary information about the products’ influence on the environment in the event of sale and distribution. This helps our customers choose products with an environmentally-friendly label.
  • Offering a complete return handling system for toner, data media, etc.
  • Prioritising products with an environmentally-friendly label and optimised for recycling when purchasing for internal use. All waste is sorted by type and our buildings are maintained taking the environment into consideration to the greatest possible extent.
  • Working to provide a thriving, healthy and safe work environment for our employees.
  • Giving our personnel the necessary knowledge to carry out their work in accordance with this policy.

Environmental Goals

Britt’s environmental work is continuously expanded with new environmental goals towards which we strive.

  • We have a goal of reducing the annual power consumption of installed servers and storage solutions in the data centres by at least 10%.
  • The process is aided by virtualising functions in data centres in order to utilise more and more functions for all physical hardware. We have the goal of an increase of at least 10% per year while maintaining customer satisfaction and performance.
  • To continuously update our strategy for Green IT and focus on this strategy so that we map out a carbon footprint for future services and products.
  • To actively choose environmentally-smart solutions in our choice of materials.
  • To hold more video/electronic meetings in order to reduce our travel.
  • To promote travel with public transportation, such as trains, when applicable, instead of travel by car.
  • To promote climate-smart selection of company cars.
  • Sorting of waste

Products we sell and distribute

Because Britt sells a large amount of IT products, we also pressure our distributors, suppliers and producers to provide products with as little influence on the environment as possible.

We often favour products from multinational companies like HP, Fujitsu, Lenovo, Lexmark, Microsoft, VMware, etc., which have worked really hard on environmental issues and have products that are certified according to various environmental programmes.