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M&S, Ford reports discuss profitability from sustainability, show water usage now a concern

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I came across an interesting piece regarding the savings Marks & Spencer (M&S) says it is making from its sustainable development initiative, Plan A.

According to this article, initiatives such as being more energy efficient in stores and distribution centres saved £13.5 million last year. It also saved £2 million by using less fuel, £1 million by recycling or reusing clothes hangers, and £11 million on reducing the amount of packaging it uses.

M&S' total carbon emissions have been reduced by 13%, down by over 90,000 tonnes CO2e from 2006/07 whilst its sales floor footage has continued to grow.

There is a useful story here

You can read more from M&S itself on Plan A progress here

Another familiar name that is reporting on its sustainability initiatives is Ford. It released its annual sustianability report last week, with the highlights being:

  • Carbon dioxide emissions for the 2010 model year have been reduced by 10.5 percent for U.S. products and 8.1 percent for European vehicles, when compared with the 2006 model year
  • From an operational standpoint, Ford managed a 5.6 percent reduction in carbon dioxide emissions between 2010 and 2009.
  • Ford has set a new goal for facility's related carbon dioxide emissions: A reduction of 30 percent by 2025 on a per-vehicle basis.

One of its key concerns is around water usage, as this report from Smart Planet makes clear.

You can read Ford's sustainability report here. There is much detail in a well laid out report, though at first sight, not a lot of references to any notable Green IT or technology developments beyond Ford's core car business.



Case Study: Green IT in manufacturing

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I came across this story about IT in manufacturing where a US company, Eaton, has installed six of its uninterruptible power systems (UPS) in its data centres, helping the company save roughly $75,000 a year in energy costs.

The story, carried by Reuters from content by, recounts that Eaton has achieved efficiencies at its Cleveland-based data centres by investing in VMware virtualisation technology, which has enabled Eaton to remove 670 servers. That means the company has reduced its annual power consumption by more than 4.4 million kilowatt-hours and cut its annual carbon dioxide emissions by 2,685 metric tons.

By installing its own systems, Eaton has managed to reduce its own energy usage and so reduce its costs. A clear case of 'talk green, mean lean.' 

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