Altron (Allied Electronics Corporation Limited)

Altron champions staff engagement to ramp up energy efficiency and reduce emissions

Once you commit to take bold action on climate change, how do you make sure that every member of your organization understands why this is important and what it contributes?

When South African smart communications giant Altron realized that 80% of its total carbon emissions came from energy use across its operations, it knew that coming up with a plan to implement company-wide behavioral change would be its priority. Being one of South Africa's most influential providers of energy-efficient IT solutions, it made sense for the group to improve its own internal efficiencies as a priority.

Simply encouraging people to turn off lights, computers and air conditioning saved Altron over US$16,000 in 2013 and avoided 23,010 tonnes CO2e.

To make change happen, senior executives need to lead by example and one of the first measures adopted by Altron in 2011 was linking a percentage of management-level pay to carbon reduction targets. This commitment was then communicated throughout the organization with an awareness campaign aimed at getting everyone—employees, suppliers and customers alike—on board.

In 2011, Altron linked a percentage of management-level pay to carbon reduction targets.

Now, messages inviting employees to take action on climate, save energy and recycle waste appear on Altron’s internal magazine and screensavers. The company’s staff are regularly encouraged to be active participants in the low-carbon movement by taking part in competitions. Increased online messaging and teleconferencing have also helped reduce transport emissions and costs, and initiatives such as encouraging people to turn off the lights, computers and air conditioning avoided a total of 23,010 tonnes of CO2e in 2013, resulting in cost savings of US$16,391. [1]

This is just the beginning for Altron and the company’s drive toward building an internal commitment to carbon reduction will certainly help it achieve even more in future. Educating managers and entry-level staff alike is a key part of enabling a company to be a united, leading and successful player in the new green economy.

[1] Reported to CDP, 2014

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