Revolution in usage: responsible digital

Published on 19 October 2023
Xavier DAUBIGNARD, directeur général de SPIE ICS en France

Testimonial by Xavier Daubignard, Managing Director of SPIE ICS in France

There’s a growing awareness in society about the environmental impact of digital technology. Thus, our customers increasingly expect greater responsibility in this area. Legislation is moving in this direction too. France, for example, adopted a law in 2021 aimed at reducing the environmental footprint of digital technology. In response to these challenges, SPIE ICS has made green IT an integral part of its 2021-2025 strategic plan, in line with the Group’s CSR strategy and commitments.

The Responsible Digital label attests to the seriousness and authenticity of our approach, for our own uses and those of our customers.”
Xavier DAUBIGNARD, Managing Director of SPIE ICS in France

In concrete terms, we’ve developed a comprehensive range of services to support our customers towards a more responsible digitalisation. The first step usually involves advising and drawing up a responsible digital roadmap in line with the customer’s ambitions and requirements. The second step is carrying out an assessment of the environmental impact of their IT system, so they know where they are starting from and will be able to see how much progress they’ve made. We then offer them a range of virtuous solutions. For example, the implementation of hyperconvergence infrastructures in datacenters, where we are the leader and which limit the amount of equipment needed. This is a major part of what digital responsibility is about. Seventy-five percent of digital environmental footprint comes from equipment manufacturing. That’s why we’ve also developed operation and maintenance packages to extend the life of our customers’ hardware. And we help them support employees through these changes.

75 % of the environmental footprint of digital technology comes from the manufacture of equipment (Source: Ministry for Ecological Transition).

That's why we have also developed operation and maintenance packages to extend the life of our customers' IT equipment. And we help them to support their employees through these changes.

To go even further, we’re focusing on two strategic drivers. First, our information system architects have to adopt ecodesign methods in order to size our customers’ IT systems to their exact requirements. Finally, responsible digitalisation is becoming a component of SPIE’s value proposition for the energy transition. Working with the Group’s other entities enables us to understand our customers’ overall energy challenges related to digitalisation, electrical networks and heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems. This differentiating positioning creates significant value for our customers.