A Glimpse into Our Sustainability Journey and Pioneering Environmental Initiatives
At PepNet Technologies, our guiding principle is simple: “If everyone does a little, then together, we can do a lot.” This principle underpins our unwavering commitment to safeguarding the environment, fostering sustainability, and taking concrete steps to address the climate crisis. In 2021, we proudly marked a significant milestone by becoming Australia’s First Carbon Neutral RingCentral Business Partner, an accomplishment we are really excited about.
Sustainability isn’t just a buzzword for us; it’s at the core of our business values. In this article, we’ll delve into our ongoing journey toward sustainability and highlight the exceptional initiatives that make us stand out.
Our Sustainability Initiatives at a Glance
At PepNet Technologies, we believe in practising what we preach when it comes to sustainability. Our multifaceted approach encompasses a range of initiatives aimed at minimising our environmental footprint and making a positive impact:
Carbon Reduction Program
A cornerstone of our sustainability journey is our robust carbon reduction program. We’ve taken active measures to decrease emissions by enhancing climate efficiency in our office space.
This includes investments in;
- Window tinting
- The adoption of solar energy
- Implementing temperature control policies for HVAC systems
- Embracing recycled paper
- Transitioning to a cloud-based telephone system
- Upgrading our lighting to energy-efficient LED technology.
Our goal is to maintain this steadfast commitment and continuously align our practices with our sustainability objectives.
Yarra Yarra Biodiversity Corridor Project
At PepNet Technologies, our commitment to sustainability extends far beyond reducing our own carbon footprint. We are proud to support Carbon Neutral’s Yarra Yarra Biodiversity Corridor project in Western Australia, an initiative that focuses on habitat restoration and land conservation. We actively purchased 36 tonnes of CO2 offsets last year, granting us the status of a “Green Partnership” member.
E-Waste Recycling Program
Our latest initiative, the Electronic Waste (e-waste) Recycling Program, exemplifies our commitment to sustainability. As a Carbon Neutral organisation, we place a strong emphasis on the responsible disposal of e-waste. In light of the State Government banning e-waste dumping in landfills by 2024, we offer a hassle-free solution that extends right to your office doorstep. Our team collects all your e-waste and ensures its proper disposal to prevent any harmful impact on the environment. This initiative is our response to the concerning fact that only a fraction of e-waste is currently recycled.
We are honoured to be a valued member of MobileMuster, an accredited organization recognised by the Federal Australian Government for over two decades. This partnership focuses on the collection and recycling of unused mobile phones, tablets, and their accessories, aligning seamlessly with our broader e-waste program and commitment to sustainability.
Our Environmental Strategy in Focus
Our commitment to sustainability is not a vague aspiration; it’s a well-defined strategy consisting of seven strategic priorities:
- Achieving net-zero carbon emissions by 2030 and beyond.
- Reducing carbon emissions intensity by 50% by 2025.
- Achieving net-zero emissions throughout our scope 1, 2, and 3 emissions by 2030.
- Ensuring climate change risks are managed throughout our networks by 2025.
- Enabling a low-carbon economy by helping reduce our customers’ carbon emissions.
- Reusing or recycling 5 tonnes of e-waste, including mobile phones and laptops, by 2025.
- Achieving best practice environmental management by 2023.
Our Commitment Translated into Action
We believe in walking the talk. Here are some of the ways we are actively translating our commitment to sustainability into action:
- E-Waste Community Collection Service: Our free service is available to all local Perth, WA, businesses, making it convenient to dispose of e-waste responsibly.
- Carbon Neutral Biodiverse Reforestation: We support a project in Yarra Yarra, Western Australia, dedicated to offsetting carbon emissions.
- Energy Efficiency Measures: We’ve embraced solar power, LED lighting, and window tinting to reduce energy consumption.
- Print Releaf: Our paper footprint is calculated and offset through reforestation.
- Mobile Muster Partner: We encourage the recycling of old mobile phones, tablets, and accessories.
- Moorup Partner: We are committed to extending the life of electronic devices through reuse, repair, refurbishment, and recycling.
- Containers for Change: We actively recycle bottles and cans, with the proceeds being donated to charity.
- City Switch Member 2021: As a member of the Green Office program, we actively participate in Australia’s flagship sustainability program for businesses.
A Message from Simon Bignell, Director of PepNet Technologies
Simon Bignell, our Director, underscores the importance of sustainability. He defines it as the balance between conducting business efficiently and effectively while simultaneously making a positive impact on the environment, community, and society.
Simon: “I often get asked ‘What is sustainability and why we, as a business communications provider, are we striving to be a sustainable brand?’
Well for me, sustainability means first and foremost that we can keep the lights on, pay our staff, and achieve the business objectives we have set out, like keeping our customers connected as efficiently and effectively as next-gen tech allows. That’s why we have partnered with RingCentral, the global leader in Cloud Communications with their market-leading SLA uptime of 99.999%.
But equally in business, sustainability refers to conducting business without negatively impacting the environment, community, or society as a whole. In other words, doing well in business, but at the same time doing some good.
And it’s very easy to forget this second part of the equation. But if you take a good look around, I think it’s important that we all do our part.”
At PepNet Technologies, we are not content with just embracing sustainability as a trendy notion. We are taking tangible steps to reduce our environmental impact and actively contribute to a sustainable future. Our partnerships, initiatives, and dedication to broader sustainability objectives exemplify our commitment to making a difference.
Our message is clear: every action counts in the journey towards a more environmentally responsible future, and we are leading the way.