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Supporting global energy company achieve 50% reduction in digital carbon profile.

We established a digital carbon framework and tracking of carbon emissions to support a 50% reduction in this company's digital carbon profile.

At a glance

Our client sought consultancy support to better track and reduce their digital carbon profile across their cloud-first migration and their wider digital estate.

There are no common standards for this type of work so true blue-sky thinking was needed to formulate parameters for valuable metrics.

We successfully delivered digital carbon tracking through advising on strategy, business and data analysis, and the creation of reporting and management information assets.  

Digital sustainability reporting is set up and live on all key metrics of their digital estate. This has supported the reduction of their digital carbon profile by 50% in the last year.

The Challenge

Showing tangible progress towards net zero from cloud migration.

As an Integrated Oil Company  (IOC), our client's efforts towards delivering improvements against the UN SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals) are very public. Demonstrating tangible progress towards their ambition of becoming net zero by 2050 is of strategic importance to their future success.

While the successful cloud migrations were contributing to lessening their impact on our planet, it was difficult to report on the true sustainability effect or measure their carbon profile. They reached out for support to harness specialised reporting skills to improve their ability to lower their digital carbon emissions.

The Solution

Navigate unchartered territory by providing structure, objectives, and tech expertise.

Credera was appointed to help navigate uncharted territory in setting up structures for digital carbon tracking and enable progress against the following objectives:

  • Establish a digital carbon framework baselined with inflight low carbon initiatives
  • Set the annual priorities to align with the wider sustainability framework
  • Track and measure consumption and carbon capture to identify sustainability opportunities that further lowers carbon footprint
  • Promote sustainability within other areas of the business and their business partners to assist lowering carbon emissions for the greater good of our environment.

In collaboration with their digital sustainability lead, we identified several key milestones across 2021 to break down the objectives set at programme level, including refreshing the carbon baseline, regional data centre migrations site selection, renewable power partner plan, improve circularity measurement, and issue quarterly reports. 

The interactive heatmap we produced of their regional data centres influenced prioritisation of global data centre transformations. We ranked each of their 130+ remaining data centres’ carbon emissions as high, medium, or low.

Programme management of cloud migrations on this scale takes a myriad of technical and commercial inputs, but the data centres with the highest carbon emissions can now be identified and tracked as a visible metric at board level.

For digital sustainability reporting, we managed multiple dashboards, enabling tracking of server emissions and the full lifecycle of IT materials. We improved data accessibility through monthly reporting and creation of self-serve tools enabling carbon profile review. Our dashboards proved popular with our client stakeholders and set a precedent for reporting.

The Results

Visibility and reporting of sustainability metrics, supporting 50% reduction in digital carbon profile

Digital sustainability reporting is set up and live on all key metrics of their digital estate (using Power BI). This has supported the reduction of their digital carbon profile by 50% in the last year.

High levels of automation allow them to manage sustainability reports amidst business-as-usual operations. Sustainability metrics are now a core component in management’s decision-making.

Our client has full visibility of their improving carbon footprint of their cloud migration programme by tracking transformation of sites, servers, and emission savings. That means platform owners can see the carbon emissions estimates for the services they are responsible for, making it a key metric they can access and track. 

IT can clearly demonstrate that on-premise emissions are substantially higher than estimated cloud and workplace emissions combined. This brings further support to their global cloud transformation programme and fuels momentum for continued investment.

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