Sustainability, the environment & CSR
2bm utilises the documented guidelines and best practices of the EU Code of Conduct in order to develop and promote solutions aimed at enabling data centre owners and operators to meet the accepted expectations, whilst minimising the impact on the environment.
Our commitment to the environment includes the following six points, all of which are integral to our ISO 14001 accreditation which we have held since 2010.
- Annually measure, assess and report emissions of Carbon Dioxide (CO2) and other greenhouse gases
- Identify opportunities to reduce these emissions and set targets to do so
- Promote the benefits of sound energy and environmental management to our customers
- Encourage the management and reduction of carbon emissions within our supply chain
- Ensure that our staff are engaged and aware of their responsibility to reduce carbon emissions
- Allocate responsibility for the management of this policy at Senior Management level
2bm is a member of Investors in the Environment (iiE), a local Environmental Management programme that supports businesses in the process of cutting their carbon emissions year on year. Earlier this year 2bm achieved the ‘Best Medium Sized Organisation’ and the ‘Green’ iiE accreditation, the highest level possible.
Carbon management policy
Our carbon management policy exists to ensure that carbon management is embedded as a core principle in the delivery of services to our customers and to minimising the impact of our operations on the environment.
Through the adoption of this policy 2bm will educate and inform its customers, suppliers, staff and the wider public of the benefits of taking an environmentally sound approach to business through improved energy efficiency, reduced greenhouse gas emissions and lower operation cost.
2bm has an agreed set of targets to reduce our carbon footprint and actively updates our Carbon Policy on an annual basis. Our most recent Carbon Report can be obtained from the bottom of the page.
In conjunction with the above initiatives, 2bm submits a full waste management report after each design and build project has been completed, detailing the total waste in tonnes generated from a project, and the percentage of that recycled, and the percentage sent to landfill.
All the waste reports from 2bm’s major projects to date have been collated and we are proud to say that the amount of waste sent to landfill as a result of our work has been less than 3%!
Each year the 2bm team selects a new charity close to our hearts to represent and centre all our fundraising efforts around.
This year 2bm’s chosen charity is Bike 4 Cancer; a British charity run by a team of cycling enthusiasts. The charity originated after each of the founding members sadly lost a relative to cancer, with the objective of offering support and respite for those suffering with cancer, as well as their families and close friends.
Bike 4 Cancer is 2bm’s selected charity of choice in 2016 not just because of all the great work they do, but in loving memory of Simon-Campbell Whyte, Executive Director of DCA who sadly lost his valiant fight after being diagnosed with a rare form of cancer, ALK+ in September 2015.
In September 2bm’s data centre designer Rob Sewell and data centre consultant Ted Pulfer teamed up with Team DCA to partake in a mammoth cycle from London to Brighton for Bike 4 Cancer, raising in excess of £2,500 for the charity.
The year previous (2015) all money raised from 2bm’s charitable endeavours was donated to The Nottingham Hospital Charity’s Helipad appeal. The money raised by 2bm employees has contributed towards the total target of £3m needed to build an on-site helipad at Nottingham’s Queen Medical Centre hospital.
Low carbon data centres
In recent years 2bm has been working alongside local environmental consultancy NetPositive Ltd towards an increasingly positive social, economic and environmental impact; with specific focus on low carbon data centres.
2bm in partnership with NetPositive Ltd, is exploring a promising approach to reducing the carbon impact of data centres in Nottingham via district-heating systems.
In summer, a district heating network is an ideal source of excess heat, which could be used for adsorption cooling at information communications and technology data storage centres. Nottingham is already a UK leader for urban energy self-sufficiency, with around 15% of the city’s consumption generated within its limits and the council operating the country’s largest district heating network.
After applying and securing ERDF funding from the Future Factory, 2bm played an integral role in creating a detailed technical report on the potential designs for low carbon data centres. This report was then used to apply for Innovate UK funding with Rolls Royce and Liverpool University.
For more information on Low Carbon Data Centres, you can find an article outlining the proposal at the bottom of the page.
Energy efficiency success stories
2bm has been awarded a handful of data centre energy efficiency accolades to support our commitment to the environment; collecting the Green Data Centre award at Data Center Dynamics 2014 as well as designing and build two data centres that have been accredited with a CEEDA gold award.
CEEDA stands for certified energy efficiency datacentre award and the gold accreditation is the highest possible accolade for surpassing standards in energy efficiency. Notably one of these two awards was the first gold award to ever be presented worldwide, and helped to set the precedent to for future gold data centres.
2bm is committed to good corporate citizenship and to supporting charity and community initiatives which are relevant to our business, employees, customers and stakeholders. Our community investment programme centres on two core themes: education and sports participation. We work closely with George Spencer Academy, offering students regular work experience in addition to senior management support at school run events (e.g. mock interviews, Dragons Den).
2bm is also proud to sponsor:
- Kimberley Institute Cricket Club
- Long Whatton Cricket Club
- Beeston Fields Golf Club Junior Section
- 2bm Pumas FC
Waste management policy
The diagram on the left hand side shows 2bm’s most favoured option in regards to our waste management policy, down to our least favoured option; disposal. This programme is central to 2bm’s environmental policy, on site as well as in the office where we reduce, re-use and recycle paper, cardboard, plastics, print cartridges and computer and IT related equipment.