Our call for Norwegian ITbransje
As an IT supplier, it is our responsibility to ensure that products and services that customers buy from us are sustainable. Our choices directly affect the degree of sustainability in what we deliver to our customers. We keep the focus on sustainability, and encourage the entire Norwegian ITbransjen to do the same.
Tron Braathe, CEO Braathe Gruppen AS
UN Sustainability Goals
We want to contribute to achieving the UN's sustainability goals and focus on two areas in particular:
Sustainability goal no. 12, which deals with responsible consumption and production
Sustainability goal no. 13 which is about stopping climate change
We challenge existing products and services and work continuously to find more sustainable solutions where climate and environment, economy and social conditions are in focus.
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Braathe Gruppen contributes to digital transformation and shapes the business community and business models of the future with innovative and adaptable solutions that are energy and resource efficient.
Economy and security
Cloud services provide economic benefits with low operating costs and a higher degree of flexibility. Security is always taken care of and we contribute a lot of technology and knowledge in one place. Everything to give you worry-free and sustainable IT.
Cloud services can be a competitive advantage and are a sustainable choice. By investing in sustainable services, and thus participating in the phasing out of old technology, we contribute and make it easier for you to choose sustainably.
Free cooling on the farm
We have several thousand servers in production in our data center. A lot of energy is used to cool the servers, which is why we have built a free cooling system based on ground cooling. Two separate slings have been dug, each of 7.500 meters, which together provide the opportunity to continuously deliver or retrieve approx. 400kW cooling or heating power. The total length of the pipe loops is 15.000 meters.
In addition, there is a larger heating system that draws up to 150kW connected to the system. The heating system provides heat for offices, tap water, machine hall and a universal dryer for grain and bioenergy. All three loops are reversible, allowing them to provide cooling or heating as needed. In total, approx. 35.000 liters of environmentally friendly coolant (Propylene glycol) in the system.
The pumps for circulating the coolant are computer-controlled and thus we automatically achieve reduced power consumption with reduced cooling demand while maintaining sufficient circulation in the system, to ensure the best possible energy effect.
Circular and sharing economy
By reducing the need for hardware, our customers can reduce costs and eliminate the need for maintenance and upgrades. The circular economy aims to keep resources in the economy as long as possible by reducing raw material use, waste and emissions and keeping energy consumption to a minimum.
Device as a Service
The versatile solution for businesses that do not wish to own their own PCs. Long term or short term, your choice.
You get: Predictable costs and flexibility in terms of scaling due to staffing or needs changes.
Network as a service
Worry-free IT: You get some network boxes sent and all you have to do is plug them into the wall - then you have a state-of-the-art, secure and stable network.
We offer worry-free IT and make it easy for the customer when they choose to work in "The Cloud". This is energy and resource efficient, and gives the customer financial benefits with cheaper operating costs and increased flexibility.
By reducing the need for hardware, costs are reduced and the need for maintenance and upgrades is kept to a minimum. Old technology is being phased out and new sustainable products and services are being added.
Security is always taken care of, and we contribute a lot of technology and knowledge in one place. With cloud services, there is less waste for the customer and they contribute to circular and sharing economy.
With our collaboration with 3stepIT, we can offer efficient, economical and sustainable handling of IT equipment where we contribute to a circular use and reuse model. The circular economy aims to keep resources in the economy as long as possible by reducing raw material use, waste, emissions and keeping energy consumption to a minimum.
For almost 10 years, we have collaborated with 3stepIT both as a partner and customer. With the same value base, we have helped to extend the life cycle of IT products, contributed to environmentally friendly reuse, reduction and recycling of EE waste.
Security is important in everything we do, which is why we use Blancco, which is the market's safest in data erasure. Together with 3stepIT, we replace technology in a simple, cost-effective and sustainable way.
Information security is important and our processes, systems, services and products are treated so that their availability, integrity and confidentiality are maintained.
Suppliers and partners must comply with our requirements for information security.
Our most important resource
Our employees are our most important resource. Attitude work and competence building among our employees is part of our active strategy to be able to deliver worry-free IT to our customers.
We have a wide range of products and services within information and communication technology, we do our utmost to put together the best solutions for our customers.
We will prefer environmentally certified suppliers where possible.
We are environmentally conscious when it comes to transporting our products, and in collaboration with our distributors we focus on efficient logistics right up to the end customer. We send goods directly from the distributor to the end location, send goods together to the same location and avoid splitting orders between several distributors. In addition, we are aware not to use extra packaging when sending goods.
We aim to reduce unnecessary travel, increase the proportion of electric cars and encourage digital meetings that contribute to efficiency and new opportunities for both you as a customer and ourselves.
Conscious. Responsive. Ambitious.
Our values are to be aware of our responsibility to colleagues, customers and others. We are Responsive in that we perform our tasks efficiently, at the specified time and with the specified quality. On our own behalf, and as representatives of the company we are employed in, we are Ambitious.
The pursuit of sustainable behavior leads the next generation to adopt new consumption habits and opens up new growth opportunities. They reduce linear usage and throw-consumption and contribute greatly to the development of sharing economy. They are influential and are a rapidly growing consumer segment.
1. Free cooling system
We have several thousand servers in production in our data center and use a lot of energy for cooling. We have built a free cooling system on the farm based on ground cooling, this is 15 km of cooling loops under the ground. With that, we contribute to environmentally efficient cooling of our systems.
2. Heating system
Our free cooling system also functions as a heating system that provides heat to offices, tap water, machine hall and universal dryer for grain and bioenergy. All three loops are reversible, allowing them to provide cooling or heating as needed. By streamlining and utilizing the energy we already have available, we save the environment from greenhouse gas emissions and encroachment on nature.
3. Energy consumption
In the last five years, we have reduced our total energy consumption in kWh relative to our turnover of services produced in the data centers, our ambition is to continue this reduction.
4. Digital conversion
With our cloud services, we contribute to digital transformation and shape the business and future models of the future with innovative and adaptable solutions that are energy and resource efficient.
5. ISO standards
We are certified to ISO 27001 Information Security, ISO 9001 Quality, ISO 14001 Environment and ISO 45001 Work Environment.
6. Rental of PCs
PC rental reduces the need for hardware at the customer, reuse is increased and companies can reduce costs and eliminate the need for maintenance and upgrades. In this way, we contribute to resources remaining in the economy as long as possible by reducing raw material use, waste, emissions and energy consumption to a minimum.
7. Recycling of EE waste
In collaboration with 3stepIT, we work continuously with recycling of EE waste, which is very environmentally friendly and saves the environment large amounts of CO2, as well as reducing the extraction of new raw materials.
8. Digital meetings contribute to efficiency
We have 8 locations and 175 dedicated employees throughout Norway. Together, we work actively to reduce the number of trips and replace this with digital meetings. This contributes to efficiency and reduces the use of flights and thus saves the environment.
9. Environmentally efficient staff transport
With a view to the future, we have set ourselves specific goals where we reduce the consumption of fossil fuels for company cars. 80% of the car fleet in 2020 were environmentally friendly cars, we have a strong ambition to increase the proportion of electric cars.
10. Aware of good routines
We avoid purchases that create unnecessary waste. By borrowing or renting, we do not have to throw away what we cannot reuse or store.
11. Environmental requirements for ourselves
Has resulted in the purchase of goods and services with less impact on the environment, resource use, energy use, waste and the use of chemicals that are harmful to health and the environment. Eco-labels are preferred where possible.
12. Waste management and routines
Every year, the sorting rate increases at all our locations and thus we reduce our total amount of waste in line with our environmental policy. We have a clear goal where we will contribute to responsible waste management at all levels.
13. Increased use of electronic processes
We are conscious of reducing the amount of paper and manual operations by increasing the use of electronic processes.
14. Less food waste
We will contribute to less food waste in our own canteen and at all our branch offices.
15. Environmental focus with our suppliers
We want to use suppliers who have introduced environmental management where possible, such as environmental lighthouses, ISO 14001 or EMAS certification.
16. The farm is secured for brann
Our technical rooms and data centers are equipped with self-extinguishing systems which in addition to fast and efficient extinguishing braInlet will prevent emissions of environmentally harmful gases by brann in electronic equipment.
17. Environmentally conscious logistics
We have implemented efficient and environmentally conscious logistics by sending goods directly from the distributor to the end location, by sending goods together to the same location and by avoiding splitting orders between several distributors to avoid double shipping handling. We deliberately avoid extra packaging when sending goods.
18. Information security
Our processes, systems, services and products are planned and used so that our customers' availability, integrity and confidentiality are maintained at all times.
19. Environmental goals
We have prepared environmental goals within energy consumption, goods transport, passenger transport, waste management and purchasing. Through awareness-raising, training, participation and good routines, our employees are motivated to achieve these environmental ambitions.
20. Customer satisfaction in the forefront
As many as 90% of our cloud contracts are renewed, something we are very proud of.
By being forward-thinking, willing to change and innovative, we create worry-free IT