ZX Security has established the Green Team to look at making ZX a more environmentally responsible and sustainable
company. As we've began our work we realised that the scope of activities laid ahead of us could be enormous. We have found
that getting traction when ideas are not tied back to a requirement with a quantitative way of measuring it, was difficult.
Therefore we are also looking for a way that we can quantitatively measure what we are doing. For example, adding plants to an
office has qualitative benefits, but can also incorporate quantitative aspects such as measuring CO₂ quantities in the office.
Some of these may seem small and trivial, but we figured we have to start somewhere to get some traction. Also, we
think that changing people’s mindsets around sustainability and care for the environment that is done by making
small steps is more likely going to stick in the long run. Hopefully, over time things can get more ambitious and
others will also join us in this journey.
ZX's Green Team tries to publish a semi-regular updates on overall progress and also
on particular topics (e.g. How do you get the power usage for all the cloud services you use and the breakdown of generation type).
What are we already doing?
ZX Security is committed to making conscious choices that will positively affect environmental sustainability. We
always try to consider our environmental impact and make a concerted effort to purchase, educate and inspire our
team members to do the same. We do this through a number of ways as listed below:
ZX Security has set out some initial requirements for what we would like to achieve. These will change and be
refined over time:
- Reduce ZX Security’s negative environmental footprint
- Leave the planet in a better place
- Operate a healthy office
- Provide a summary of our achievements in a semi-regular blog post on the ZX Security website
- Make sure new staff members know about the Green Team activities
Reduce ZX Security’s negative environmental footprint
We want to focus on minimising ZX Security’s waste and where there is waste, making sure we have a process in place
to dispose of it responsibly.
As mentioned earlier, electricity usage is a big component here. The complicated part is quantifying the energy
usage particularly when it comes to cloud services and SaaS.
Alongside this where possible we follow the 3Rs - Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.
Leave the planet in a better place
This will include how we are ensuring ZX is trying to help make the environment a better place. Currently in this
space when we book flights for ZX related travel we are buying the Carbon Offset option.
In the future, we would like to get a group together who can go to tree plantings, do beach clean-ups and similar.
The initial thought here was to get some plants and greenery into the office.
Yes, a lot of qualitative benefits are hard to measure for a healthy office, but a measure we have in this space is
carbon dioxide (CO₂). Swift on Security did
have a thread on CO₂ in the office. We got to wondering if plants in the office could make us smarter by
removing the CO₂ from the office.
Alongside this, is the Green Star ratings for buildings. Recently
the Government when setting out the Climate Emergency that
Government Departments can only use buildings with particular Green Star ratings, so if future new offices are
required ZX will get offices meeting the same standard or better.
What are the other hacker companies and IT places up to in this space? Is there stuff we could share and leverage?
Hopefully, this will help inspire and get other companies to do something similar. Additionally, we look forward to
reading what others are up to, so we can learn and extend what we are doing as well.