How 25 UK channel partners are tackling their carbon emissions

From Proact and Apogee to market giants Softcat and Computacenter, what actions are top IT solutions providers taking to curb their carbon footprints?

Doug Woodburn
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How 25 UK channel partners are tackling their carbon emissions

The channel's sustainable transformation is accelerating, with Computacenter and Softcat among the market giants to set far-reaching carbon reduction goals in recent weeks and months.

But the advent of the Streamlined Energy and Carbon Reporting (SECR) requirements has forced a much wider array of UK channel partners to begin measuring and reporting on their scope 1 and 2 emissions and open up on their plans to tackle them. Some have also begun to track the scope 3 emissions that fall outside of their direct control.

Sitting as they do on the front-line of the UK B2B tech industry, channel partners will play an instrumental role in the UK's decarbonisation efforts via the technology products and services they offer. Yet, as the 2020s rolls on, they must also get their own houses in order, with SECR being hailed as a "good first step" in stimulating action.

If you are a vendor, distributor, ITAD, reseller or MSP leading the way on sustainability, there is still time to enter the CRN Tech Impact Awards 2022 here (deadline for entries is 20 May).

Available exclusively to CRN Essential subscribers, the upcoming Channel Net Zero Report analyses the emissions of 50 of the 100 companies featured in CRN Top VARs 2021, based on the SECR data published in their latest annual accounts. It breaks down the key actions they are taking to reduce emissions and explores how leaders in the sector are innovating to move further and faster on decarbonisation.

Collectively, these 50 channel partners reported carbon emissions of around 75,000 tonnes in their latest years. That's roughly equivalent to the estimated annual carbon footprint of around 6,000 UK citizens.

On the following pages, we have summarised what 25 of the 50 Top VARs we looked at said in their latest SECR commentaries, in ascending order by revenue, noting the tonnes of carbon each estimated they emitted in their latest years. Where applicable, we have stated the previous year's emissions in brackets.

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