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SPIE and LEASÉTIC join forces to reduce the environmental impact of digital technology

Published on 17 March 2022

Malakoff, 17 March 2022SPIE ICS, the French digital services subsidiary of SPIE, the independent European leader in multi-technical services in the areas of energy and communications, together with the leasing company LEASÉTIC, is offering its customers a personalised solution supported by LEASÉTIC’s application Colibris for measuring the carbon footprint of their digital assets to optimise their environmental impact.

SPIE ICS is committed to a responsible digital approach that is fully in line with its CSR policy. It is also the first large-scale digital services company in France to be awarded the Responsible Digital label. This commits it to act on all the levers at its disposal: responsible purchasing, eco-design of architectures and services, extension of the life of equipment, etc.

Concrete responses to customer needs

As part of its mission to support its customers on their own digital responsibility journeys, SPIE ICS is developing services to help them measure and reduce their impact. The French digital services subsidiary has therefore recently joined forces with LEASÉTIC, a leasing company offering services that make it possible to increase the useful life of a company’s user equipment and minimise its carbon footprint. 

Once repaired or recycled, the reuse of this equipment can significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions, which currently represent 76% of the emissions generated by the IT sector. This represents an area with a lot of untapped potential: 80% of company computers that are replaced are still functional, and only 35% of these are correctly collected and recycled.

Changing what we use and how we use it

LEASÉTIC’s service offering is built around a tailored financing solution and the Colibris application, its tool for measuring the environmental impact of digital assets (PC, telephony, actuators, etc.). Colibris differs from other currently available solutions due to the transversality of its modules, which monitor and analyse each digital asset on a continuous basis in order to determine its carbon footprint. This consolidated information makes it possible to formulate optimisation recommendations.

The life cycle management of IT equipment is not a purely technical subject,” explains Emmanuel Houdaille, Director of Innovation at SPIE ICS, “it also includes human, organisational and financial dimensions, among others. The attention paid to the integration of Colibris not only guarantees the efficient implementation of the measuring tool but also ensures that more personalised recommendations can be made as regards developing equipment.
At SPIE France, following its implementation in 2020, Colibris has had a staggering impact in terms of emissions prevented:

  • 21 tonnes of CO2 saved by changing how 3,000 mobiles are used
  • 1,600 tonnes of CO2 saved by changing how equipment is distributed within a fleet of 20,000 PCs
  • 90 tonnes of CO2 saved by changing the consumption behaviour of 20,000 email users

Economic and societal gains for all

With Colibris, companies will be able to measure the environmental footprint of their digital tools, and help their employees to extend the useful life of these tools. The end of life of equipment, which was previously costly, is becoming an opportunity for economic and societal gains thanks to the involvement of specialist companies and associations. SPIE ICS' expertise in IT management and its 150 sales representatives located throughout France will enable a large number of companies to reap the benefits,” says a delighted Emmanuel Rousseau, President and Managing Director of LEASÉTIC.

Xavier Daubignard, Managing Director of SPIE ICS, agrees entirely: “Reducing the environmental footprint generated by digital activities poses a real challenge for the planet. We are already applying these principles to our own practices and we are able to support our customers as part of a more ethical and environmentally friendly approach to digital technology.