Version One aiming to repeat Green IT Awards success for second year running

23 March 2011

Document management and imaging software author, Version One, has been shortlisted in three categories of the Green IT Awards 2011. The award winners will be announced at a ceremony on 19 May 2011 at London Zoo. Version One won the ‘Best Carbon Offsetting Scheme’ category at last year’s Green IT Awards for its carbon offsetting tree planting scheme.

Now in their second year, The Green IT Awards recognise the outstanding environmental products, suppliers and projects of 2010 and highlight the companies and teams that have made significant contributions to improving the IT industry’s environmental performance.

Version One’s tree planting carbon offsetting scheme, which has once again been shortlisted in the ‘Best Carbon Offsetting Scheme’ category, forms part of the company’s Clean and Green environmental initiative. In partnership with the Tree Appeal, Version One plants a tree each time a customer makes a software purchase and a reseller facilitates a sale. For every batch of 100 trees planted, ten refurbished computers are shipped to Africa for use by African school children. Version One has planted over 4,000 trees since the scheme was launched in 2006.

As well as reaching the final in the ‘Best Carbon Offsetting Scheme’ category, Version One is in the running for two more Green IT Awards. Its document management Green Meter, which enables the positive environmental benefits of using Version One’s solutions to be more accurately tracked, has been shortlisted in the Document Management Product of the Year category.

In addition UNESCO World Heritage Site, Blenheim Palace, in partnership with Version One, is a finalist in the Environmental Project of the Year category (private sector under 100 employees). Version One is working with Blenheim Palace to enable the organisation to electronically store and process the 20,000 financial documents it handles each year. The project will not only make the Palace’s financial processes much more efficient, but will drastically reduce its environmental impact.

Julian Buck, Version One’s managing director, says, “The Green IT Awards have once again attracted stiff competition and we hope to build on the success we achieved last year. Making the final in three categories for the second year running is a real testimony to the innovative ways in which Version One is helping businesses to measure and reduce their carbon emissions to lessen their negative environmental impact.”

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