Harbour IT is committed in seeking continual improvement in its management of environmental issues. Our Environmental Policy, below, outlines this commitment in more detail and this is followed by some environmental initiatives we are doing to reduce and minimise our carbon footprint.
As a growing company with offices in 5 locations, Harbour IT has a responsibility to our staff, customers and the community at large to ensure our business activities take into account environmental concerns. In particular to lessen any impact our activities might have on climate change.
Whether or not one believes climate change to be man-made or a natural occurrence, we all have a responsibility to our children and fellow human beings to minimise our environmental impact and to ensure we use our limited resources wisely and efficiently.
Much of what we all do every day contributes to the increase in carbon gas emissions, but we can all ‘do our bit’, at home and at work, to help minimise our environmental footprints and look at ways of saving energy and cutting our emissions.
“Energy efficiency saves money and cuts emissions faster than any other climate change mitigation option” (Carbon Reduction Institute, Australia)
Finally, Harbour IT has in force an active Sustainabilty Action Plan (SAP) outlining further energy saving initiatives and improvements to continue this important work. Please feel free to email us with any questions, comments or suggestions on our Environmental initiatives.
The purpose of this Policy is to provide clear direction for Harbour IT to incorporate environmental sustainability into all elements of its business.Incorporating sustainability means considering environmental, economic and social impacts concurrently.Harbour IT commits to work towards fulfilling the requirements to run as an ecologically sustainable business as possible; to protect and enhance the natural environment and to raise awareness of environmental sustainability issues
Harbour IT is a provider of outsourced IT Services to small-to-medium sized businesses with the provision of IT Managed Services, IT Systems Integration and Cloud Computing Services.These services themselves have the capacity to help our clients save on not having to purchase physical computing hardware (saving on equipment manufacture, transportation, maintenance and minimising E-waste), and assisting clients to operate their IT more efficiently and effectively thus saving many other resources (energy, paper, office space, etc).Thus by using our data centres you are also committing to reduce your carbon footprint too!Our involvement with environmental sustainability involves our staff, our suppliers, our clients, our workplaces and our communities.
We are committed to working towards an environmentally sustainable business and in establishing, promoting and maintaining a culture of sustainability and environmental responsibility by involving our directors, staff, suppliers and clients. Our directors and staff will work together to:a) Consider and minimise the impact of our activities on the environment and work towards environmental best practice. We commit to undertake business in an environmentally sustainable manner and will strive to exceed the requirements of environmental laws and regulations, in line with AS/NZS ISO 14004:2004b) Encourage other companies (clients and suppliers) to do the same.
1. Our directors and staff are tasked with considering the principles of environmental impacts when carrying out their duties.
- a) The ‘precautionary principle’ – namely that if there are threats of serious or irreversible environmental damage, lack of full scientific certainty should not be used as a reason for postponing measures to prevent environmental degradation. In the application of the precautionary principle, public and private decisions should be guided by:(i) careful evaluation to avoid, wherever practicable, serious or irreversible damage to the environment, and (ii) an assessment of the risk-weighted consequences of various options.
- b) Intergenerational equity – namely, that the present generation should ensure that the health, diversity and productivity of the environmentare maintained or enhanced for the benefit of future generations.
- c) Improved valuation, pricing and incentive mechanisms – namely that environmental factors should be included in the valuation of assets and services such that:
(i) polluter pays – that is, those who generate pollution and waste should bear the cost of containment, avoidance or abatement,
(ii) the users of goods and services should pay prices based on the full life cycle of costs of providing goods and services, including the use of natural resources and assets and the ultimate disposal of any waste,
(iii) environmental goals, having been established, should be pursued in the most cost effective way, by establishing incentive structures, including market mechanisms, that enable those best placed to maximise benefits or minimise costs to develop their own solutions and responses to environmental problems.
2. Harbour IT HQ will pass environmentally sustainable initiatives to, and receive ideas from, our other offices and branches, recognising both the creative input and niche requirements they can bring via the sharing of ideas, and will pass on successful measures to our other offices and branches.
3. We will look to progressively and continually improve our environmental performance and outcomes via the setting of targets and objectives to achieve environmental sustainability. This will be documented through Harbour IT’s Sustainability Action Plan plus other key corporate plans including the Strategic Plan, Management Plan, and any operational plans or strategies as relevant.
5. Policy and management decisions will be undertaken with regard to environmental, as well as social and economic considerations and impacts.
6. The cost and impact of environmental externalities will be considered in our decision making.
7. Achieving environmental sustainability is one of Harbour IT’s core behaviours and is included in staff induction and training sessions, e.g., how it can maximise recycling; how to use our energy efficient systems.
1. Harbour IT buildings and facilities are, as far as possible, built in line with sustainability principles and incorporate good environmental performance. This includes consideration of energy, materials, waste and water usage at the design stage:
a) Our HQ offices at Level 8, 59 Goulburn Street, Sydney, NSW 2000 has achieved a 4 Star NABERS Energy Rating and 3½ Star NABERS Water Rating – both of which are considered extremely efficient.
b) Our Melbourne offices at Level 10, 401 Docklands Drive, Docklands is a brand new environmentally friendly and energy saving complex;
2. Harbour IT’s Cloud data centre environment is at the forefront of innovation driving technologies that increase the efficiency of building, operating and running, including:
a) Deploying water-side and air-side economizers – harnessing the natural cooling power of the ambient environment by deploying water-side and air-side economizers in our Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) systems. This allows us to cool our data centre naturally by taking advantage of cooler ambient temperatures to reduce our reliance on energy-consuming compressors and chillers;
b) Installing Variable Frequency Drives (VFDs) deployed in chillers, pumps and fans in our HVAC systems. A VFD drive automatically reduces a motor’s speed and power draw when there is lower system load;
c) Cold Aisle Containment – to provide a physical barrier to reduce the mixing of cold supply air and hot exhaust air in data centre aisles. This delivers lower energy consumption and more efficient cooling;
d) LEED Certification – Our data centre was Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certified during its design and construction process;
e) Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE) – This is an efficiency ratio measuring the total power supplied to our data centre divided by the amount of power to actually run the computer systems. The PUE of our Sydney Data Centre is 1.5. Our aim is to consistently evaluate and seek to improve on this metric;
3. To ensure we complete the retro-fit of all our offices to energy-efficient light bulbs and lighting tubes that consume 50-75% less energy and last from 3-10 times longer than incandescent bulbs; that we continue to monitor our light switch timers, air-conditioning timers and motion-controlled lighting sensors for maximum efficiencies and to avoid having lights and air-conditioning on when not required.
4. That we ensure continued adoption of either turning off computing equipment when not in use, or, where this is impractical, ensuring systems are ‘hibernated’ using their power management systems.
5. To continue to work with, and assist staff to:
a) Prevent pollution of the environment via bad waste removal practices;
b) To ensure facilities are available for recycling paper, hard plastics, cans, as well as soft plastics (“If you can scrunch it you can recycle it”) and are utilised at each workplace;
c) To encourage the ‘saving to .PDF’ of documentation as an alternative to printing;
d) Where printing is necessary, to have staff print double-sided (which is our corporate default setting on all our network printers);
e) Conserve and use energy, water and natural resources wisely and responsibly; Staff education including stickers or signs adjacent to light and power switches.
6. Monitoring and Evaluation – The overall effectiveness of our policy in achieving low emission goals is regularly reviewed at all levels of Harbour IT.