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The channel is changing. ‘Digital transformation’ is no longer just a buzzword, and clients are now demanding cloud-first technologies within their business.

But Vapour has been cloud-first since our inception in 2013. In fact, our company is built on four cornerstones of cloud-first excellence – voice, video, networks and storage. It’s all we know.

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Vapour goes green

Mainstream media headlines have made for interesting reading recently, with the environmental benefits of lockdown highlighting an unexpected positive to emerge from this awful time.

We know what you’re thinking – this isn’t what you’d expect to read about on a cloud tech site. But at Vapour HQ, being green really matters. So bear with us…

Since global COVID-19 lockdowns began, there’s been a notable dip in air pollution on both sides of the Atlantic and in China too, with carbon emissions from fossil fuel incineration reportedly heading for a record 5% annual drop.

The waters of Venice are said to be clear, social media photos from around the world show wild animals enjoying areas normally dominated by tourists, and closer to home, people have begun to enjoy the great outdoors far more as they have adapted to a different pace of life.

Ideally the population would be experiencing all these newfound ‘green’ advantages, without having to battle a global health crisis, of course. But the positives should be welcomed, nonetheless.

All of this said, there is far more to be done. Scientists have claimed that the impressive 5% drop in carbon emissions is still not enough, with a further annual reduction required every year for a decade to avoid devastating climate repercussions. Elsewhere, environmental headlines have reported on jeopardised recycling rates, as mounting volumes of household rubbish place pressures on waste management firms struggling to cope. The prices of virgin materials have also slid – not least because of the state of the oil market – which has diluted the commercial advantages typically associated with buying recycled products.

So yes, there are environmental positives to come from lockdown. But there is still work to be done. As a business community, and a nation, we need to build on this green momentum, and push for more environmental change.

So back to why you’re reading this on a cloud tech blog.

In truth, Vapour’s commitment to the environment is nothing new, and an environmental policy existed way before the Coronavirus outbreak. We’ve long communicated to employees that everyone’s contribution matters, so while our head of operations and compliance Carol may drive our green agenda forward, we expect each colleague to do their bit too.

That’s why – with a little help from everyone in the team – we’ve shaped a new hitlist of actions that will hopefully supercharge our eco conscience.

Some are easy to implement with immediate effect, including a ban on plastic cups and cutlery, the powering down of equipment at the end of the working day, and the promotion of video calls using our own technologies to reduce unnecessary meeting travel.

Others – including the introduction of car share schemes (if/when social distancing guidelines allow), the switch to company-wide eco-friendly products, and a full environmental audit of suppliers to ensure we prioritise ethical purchasing – may currently only be in the pipeline, but are firmly on our environmental roadmap!

We’re also exploring the introduction of plants into every room in the building, to promote the benefits of biophilia; encouraging all staff to use our electronics recycling partner for their own redundant WEEE; and even hope to start planting trees to offset the power used by our data centres. In truth, the list goes on, and there’s no limit to how bold we want our ideas to become.

Elaborating on Vapour’s new green initiatives, our environmental lead Carol McGrotty said: “We’ve redefined our ‘green mission’ recently, and – understanding the role we all play in protecting our environment, both now and for future generations – we’re working hard to improve our sustainability performance.

“Policies such as not pressing ‘print’ on documents, and turning lights off when rooms aren’t in use, are important starting points that any organisation can begin with. But innovating, empwering and demonstrating the power of change are core components of Vapour’s DNA, so now it’s about really ramping things up.

“There’s a real sense of energy and commitment to the environment within our team, so we’re working together to boost our efforts both in the workplace and at home. We want to go above and beyond – we strive to be different, after all.”

Vapour’s CEO Tim Mercer said: “There are more than 30 action points currently on our environmental roadmap, which show how hard we’re pushing our green agenda. This really matters – to colleagues and customers alike – so Coronavirus or no Coronavirus, we’re pressing on.”

Watch this space to see a full copy of Vapour’s environmental roadmap, over the coming weeks.

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