Industry leaders swap net zero notes and charge up their EVs

Trio come together at supercharging station in Essex to discuss how to tackle the industry's sustainability challenge

Doug Woodburn
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With its "sunshine-to-wheel" model and 36 chargers, GRIDSERVE's Electric Forecourt in Braintree is known as something of a Mecca among electric vehicle enthusiasts.

But the supercharging station also reflects the challenge facing the technology industry and others as they look to harness renewable electricity and reach net zero.

For CRN Tech Impact 2022, CRN invited leaders from three leading UK IT channel partners to compare notes on their own EVs and their companies' respective decarbonisation strategies at GRIDSERVE's state-of-the-art EV charging facility.

The IT sector has as big a role to play in the UK's net zero transition as any other.

While the energy consumption and e-waste it generates make it one of the dirtiest sectors going, efforts are underway to reduce both, while technology also has a vital role to play in helping other industries decarbonise.

All three companies featured in the above video have recently introduced electric cars into their fleets, with Softcat and Computacenter both recently unveiling plans to reach net zero across their supply chains by 2040.

They compared notes on topics including the scale of the challenge they and similar businesses face, how they are tackling scope 3 emissions, and range anxiety.

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