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IDT Achieves Historic Carbon Neutral Accreditation

IDT, an Ilkeston-based managed services provider, has reached an important environmental milestone – two months ahead of schedule.

IDT has been verified with Carbon Neutral+ accreditation, meaning the company offsets 25% more carbon than it produces.

This milestone marks a sustained year-long effort by IDT to reduce its carbon footprint. The company has also begun the process of switching its fleet of vehicles to full electric vehicle and plug-in hybrids. It will be finished in the next six months.

Other environmental works include investing in the IDT headquarters, replacing old lighting with modern energy-efficient LEDs, and expensive and inefficient electric heating of offices with air conditioning. IDT also installed the latest roof insulation technology.

IDT also educates its staff by doing simple and important things like turning off lights in rooms that are not in use and equipment that is not in use.

Luke Draper, Managing Director of IDT, said, “For IDT, being sustainable is a priority for me and co-founder James Cartwright, not because of how it’s perceived or business pressure, but because that is the right thing to do. Of course, our customers want us to be carbon neutral. But if they didn’t, we would still.

“As an IT MSP, this may sound silly, but we’ve actually reduced the amount of IT equipment we use and replaced old hardware with new energy-efficient upgrades. Being entirely cloud-based for three years, we ensure that our cloud partners that we use share the same philosophy as us.

“From a personal perspective, I have two young boys and making sure I do everything I can to lessen the impact of my business on our world and lead by example for them is really important to me.”

Luke says IDT staff have responded positively to the initiative.

He added: “This is exactly what we were hoping for as we are now classified as a Carbon Neutral+ organization. Working closely with carbonfootprint.com there were many different carbon offset projects, but we decided it would be good to bring them back to the area. So this year we supported the tree planting project in the UK and specifically focused on the East Midlands.

“Now that we’ve drawn a line in the sand and checked where we are today as a company, my plan is to try every year to reduce and improve our impact on the world around us.”