Last week, The Panoply declared a climate emergency. Here is a round-up of some of the activity that has been happening across the week to mark the beginning of our journey into making the digital services industry more sustainable.
Public awareness campaign
We kicked off the week by launching a campaign to raise awareness about the impact that tech products and services have on the environment. Hopefully, you all saw the factoids pop-up on group websites over the week. We wanted to share these facts to alarm people and bring their attention to the often-forgotten emissions that are caused by our digital consumption.
Employee strike action
Many of you took to the streets last Friday and stood shoulder to shoulder with the young people who were marching for action. Others ran workshops in schools to help students to articulate their thoughts and feelings about the crisis. The Panoply understands that business as usual is not a legitimate option anymore and we offered matched leave for any employee who wanted to go out and support the action.
Sustainable supply chains
We know that if we’re going to contribute to tackling this problem, we have a lot of learning to do and will have to collaborate and bring in the experts. Last Thursday we did just that and invited in the Green Web Foundation to deliver a full-day workshop for tech representatives across the group to learn how to do a carbon audit of a digital supply chain. We are still digesting what we learnt and discussing what our next steps should be, however, some of our current ideas include;
- Offering a carbon audit as standard on projects and using this as a USP in all group pitches
- Creating a Carbon Budget for projects which is transparent, allowing the client to understand the environmental impact of their decisions
- Look into building a shared, open-sourced resource to calculate the impact of supply chain decisions
Last week’s activities marked just the start of our journey. You may have seen that we have published our commitments on a dedicated microsite climate.thepanoply.com and will be delivering on each of these points over the next twelve months. You can read more about the context and thinking behind our response to the crisis here – Disruption speak to Bryony about The Panoply’s response.