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 industryâs environmental performance.
Version Oneâs tree planting carbon offsetting scheme, which has once again been shortlisted in the âBest Carbon Offsetting Schemeâ category, forms part of the companyâs 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 âBest Carbon Offsetting Schemeâ 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 Oneâs 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 Palaceâs financial processes much more efficient, but will drastically reduce its environmental impact.
Julian Buck, Version Oneâs managing director, says, âThe 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.â