The theme for CA World ’13 is "Go big. IT with impact." However, as they put it, in one very important way, CA World will go big with zero impact.
CA Technologies, one of the world’s leading providers of IT management systems and energy management solutions, and sponsor of its annual CA World event, is committed to lead by example in order to advance the triple bottom line of people, planet and profit. This focus made the decision to host CA World ’13 as a CarbonFree® Event an easy choice.
What does this mean exactly? CA Technologies partnered with the Carbonfund.org Foundation to calculate all estimated carbon emissions associated with CA World based on attendee travel, lodging and meals, and the venue’s electricity and heating fuel consumption. Then, CA Technologies chose to neutralize the resulting event emissions by supporting two projects that mitigate an equal amount of greenhouse gases:
- A landfill methane gas-to-energy project in New York State that will capture methane (a gas about 23 times more damaging than carbon dioxide) from landfills and convert it into heat energy for four counties in New York.
- A rainforest and biodiversity protection and preservation project in the Amazon Basin of Acre, Brazil that provides rainforest preservation, biodiversity and endangered species habitat conservation, and sustainable economic opportunities and improved water and soil quality for the local population.
“At CA Technologies we take our commitment to sustainability seriously. We believe it is simply smart business," said Cynthia Curtis, Chief Sustainability Officer, CA Technologies. "CA World is our largest event -- bringing together thousands of attendees from around the world to showcase our solutions. At an event of this magnitude, it was important that we highlight our commitment to sustainability. By working with Carbonfund.org, we are offsetting our greenhouse gas emissions through meaningful projects that help mitigate our environmental impact and create local jobs."
“This is one of the largest events of its kind to fulfill the commitment to become truly CarbonFree®,” explains Eric Carlson, president of Carbonfund.org. “CA Technologies donation for the CarbonFree® Event program is quite a significant action by a leader in IT service solutions and a company clearly committed to sustainability in all aspects of its operations.”
CA World is the flagship event for CA Technologies, providing the opportunity to share and showcase innovation and best practices—from CA and from their customers and partners. This year, those best practices include leadership in the area of event emissions neutralization through the CarbonFree® Event program for CA World ’13.
The National Institute of Standards and Technology describes cloud computing as offering the potential for tremendous cost savings and increased operational agility to organizations. Another key benefit of cloud computing is the access to up-to-date versions of numerous business technology platforms and applications. New Carbonfund.org Business Partner Spyrel adds to the benefits of cloud computing by providing their customers a service partner whose operations are CarbonFree®.
As part of its own corporate sustainability initiatives, Spyrel maintains carbon neutral operations by supporting Carbonfund.org’s energy efficiency innovation projects. Their status as a CarbonFree® Business Partner provides a market differentiator and underscores Spyrel’s commitment to market leadership in the area of environmentally-sound business practices.
An example of Spyrel’s innovations in energy efficiency is their TREES Technology (Tools for Reporting Energy Efficiency Services), which helps utilities measure the energy efficiency performance of their service delivery, thus reducing energy waste. As the least expensive unit of energy is the one that’s never used, Spyrel’s TREES solution also contributes to the company’s overall sustainability initiatives.
"Our environmental commitment is helping customers enjoy powerful productivity gains by leveraging innovative cloud computing platform based applications for specific business verticals,” explains Imtiaz Khan, CEO/President of Spyrel. “By partnering with Carbonfund.org, we will be able to achieve that goal ensuring corporate sustainability is empowered.”
Spyrel’s leadership in supporting energy efficiency technology development and becoming a carbon neutral business demonstrates their long-term commitment to these corporate sustainability goals and to supporting Carbonfund.org’s overall mission.