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Want to make land use sustainable? It’s a wicked problem

Using Australia as a case study confirms that it’s hard to have it all.

Prysmian Group publishes its 2016 Sustainability Report

€1,710 million of economic value generated (+8%)Emissions of ozone-depleting substances decreased by 6%Human Rights Policy and whistleblowing programme launchedStrategy redefined according to the UN sustainable development goalsScorecard setting 16 sustainability targets for 2020 preparedMilan, 11 April 2017 - Prysmian Group, world leader in the energy and telecom cable systems industry, has published its Sustainability Report for 2016.

Among the main results achieved, mention should be made of the increase in economic value generated and distributed,... Source: RealWire

Use of biofuel could reduce aviation-related emissions

But burning biofuel still gives off a lot of soot particles.

Tim Cook: ‘Apple would not exist without immigration’

Apple has championed the causes of marriage equality and environmental sustainability in recent years, so its employees looked to the company’s leadership in the wake of President Donald Trump’s executive order on immigration from predominantly Muslim countries.

The order, which restricts immigration from seven countries and outright bans refugees from Syria, was handed down late Friday and led to protests in several U.S. cities and at airports where refugees were being detained.“Apple would not exist without immigration, let alone thrive and innovate the way we do,” Apple CEO Tim Cook wrote in an email to the company’s employees, later published by Re/code. “I’ve heard from many of you who are deeply concerned about the executive order issued yesterday restricting immigration from seven Muslim-majority countries.
I share your concerns.
It is not a policy we support.”To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

Dimension Data Achieves Its Carbon Neutral Goal

London, UK – January 25, 2017– Dimension Data, the global ICT solutions and services provider said today that it has reached a major milestone in its sustainability ambition of becoming carbon neutral[1] by reducing its carbon emissions[1] to below one million tons, and preventing 4,000 tons of electronic waste from going to landfill. When Dimension Data announced its sustainability goals in 2014, the company also said that it would also reduce its clients’ carbon by... Source: RealWire

Ford France chooses Interoute hosting, security, connectivity and services for its...

Ford France renews and extends its contract with InterouteParis, November 3 2016 - Interoute, owner operator of a global cloud services platform and one of Europe’s largest networks, has today announced that Ford France, an Interoute customer since 2009, has renewed and extended its commitment for a further 3 years.
Interoute has continually delivered connectivity, security and services as well as hosting for the Ford France dealerships’ internal applications. However, as Ford’s consumer marketing campaigns now bring hundreds of thousands of visitors to Ford France’s websites, the contract scope has been extended to include hosting the company’s consumer facing applications.

These represent around two thirds of the fifty applications hosted on Interoute’s virtual servers, each with differing security requirements. Jan Oliver Koch, IT Manager at Ford France, commented, “We operate on a standard architecture, with three environments: development, pre-production which enables our developers to perform tests, and production which is provided by Interoute. With the acceleration of marketing campaigns on social networks, such as Facebook, we require a higher degree of integration.

As always, we presented this issue to Interoute who suggested migrating to a new generation firewall which is more suited to our needs.

Each time we face a hurdle, Interoute has the best solution, tailored to our needs and our size." Matthew Finnie, Interoute CTO, said, "We are pleased and proud that Ford has renewed its trust in our long term partnership.

Complementing the needs of our clients, understanding their business and their competitive environment, is what sets Interoute apart.

This is based on our infrastructure and proven robust architectures, as well as our ability to adapt and constantly change. We support our customers in their development and furthering the sustainability of their competitive edge." In 2009, when the automotive group decided to centralize its application portfolio with a single provider, Ford France chose Easynet, which was acquired by Interoute last year, due to its excellent proposal for combined hosting and services.

Ford France continues to purchase services based on Interoute’s broad security certified standards, in particular ISO27000 and because of Interoute’s readiness to listen, its proven expertise and flexibility, customer service oriented attitude and high quality advice. About Ford FranceThe Ford Motor Company is one of the largest global automakers headquartered in Dearborn, Michigan, United States.

The company produces and distributes across 6 continents one of the broader automobile portfolios: from styled economy cars to high tech big SUVs, including legendary cars, ultra-sport cars such as Ford GT or Mustang and a luxury division, Vignale.

The brand Ford in France has over 100 years of history.

A dealership since 1907, the Ford France subsidiary was set up in 1916 becoming a key player in the French automotive industry. www.ford.fr About InterouteInteroute is the owner-operator of one of Europe's largest networks and a global cloud services platform which encompasses 15 data centres, 17 virtual data centres and 33 colocation centres, with connections to 195 additional third-party data centres across Europe.
Its full-service Unified ICT platform serves international enterprises and many of the world’s leading service providers, as well as governments and universities.
Interoute’s Unified ICT strategy provides solutions for enterprises seeking connectivity and a scalable, secure advanced platform on which they can build their voice, video, computing and data services, as well as service providers in need of high capacity international data transit and infrastructure. With established operations throughout Europe and USA, Interoute also owns and operates 24 connected city networks within Europe's major business centres. www.interoute.com Forward-Looking StatementsThis communication contains certain forward-looking statements.

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Williams takes the lead in Formula One with Thales cyber security...

Thales, leader in critical information systems, cyber security and data protection, and Williams (ETR: WGF1), the leading Formula One team and advanced engineering company have entered into a new technical partnership.

As part of the agreement Thales will deliver state-of-the-art cyber security solutions for real-time global telemetry transmission to both WILLIAMS MARTINI RACING and Williams Advanced Engineering, the engineering services and technology division of Williams.Thales designs, develops and operates resilient and high-performance critical information systems supported by its 2,000 cyber security experts and world class data protection and digital trust management solutions, protecting mission critical data anywhere data resides.

Cyber security, especially data protection, is of the utmost importance in the competitive world of Formula One. Thales e-Security secured Williams F1 The expertise brought by Thales will assist Williams in protecting its confidential high-value data.

Thales Datacryptor 5000 delivers high speed data protection with state-of-the-art throughput enhancement and low latency to ensure high assurance, real-time global telemetry transmission from the pitlane back to Williams’ headquarters.

Furthermore, with an increasing number of projects being undertaken for external customers through Williams Advanced Engineering, data protection and security has become a priority across the Williams Group. Marc Darmon, Executive Vice-President, Secure Communication and Information Systems, Thales says:“Thales is a world class cyber security expert and a globally recognised systems integrator, delivering safety and security critical systems in challenging environments such as Aerospace, Space, Defence, Finance, IT & Technology and Ground Transportation.

This agreement builds on the already strong existing relationship between our two companies and our combined skills and expertise.
It clearly illustrates Thales’s commitment to accompany its clients in their digital transformation where cyber security is a vital requirement.” Claire Williams, Deputy Team Principal and Commercial Director, Williams says:“Williams has undergone a significant digital transformation over the past two years. We are revolutionising our IT infrastructure to make sure that we are well placed to continue innovating. With the help of Thales, we will be introducing cyber security systems that keep our business critical data secure wherever we are in the world.” About WilliamsWilliams is a leading Formula One team and advanced engineering company.

Formed in 1977 by Sir Frank Williams and Sir Patrick Head, the company has secured 16 FIA Formula One World Championship titles since its foundation.

The company's core competencies are the design and manufacture of Formula One race cars, and the deployment of this expertise in running the team's entries into the Grands Prix each season under the name WILLIAMS MARTINI RACING. Williams Advanced Engineering is the division of Williams that harnesses Formula One derived technology, development pace and knowledge to deliver highly innovative products and services to the motorsport, automotive, aerospace, defence and energy sectors. Working in close collaboration, Williams Advanced Engineering helps its customers meet the sustainability challenges of the 21st century and improve their performance, market position and brand image. About ThalesThales is a global technology leader for the Aerospace, Transport, Defence and Security markets. With 62,000 employees in 56 countries, Thales reported sales of €14 billion in 2015. With over 22,000 engineers and researchers, Thales has a unique capability to design and deploy equipment, systems and services to meet the most complex security requirements.
Its exceptional international footprint allows it to work closely with its customers all over the world. Positioned as a value-added systems integrator, equipment supplier and service provider, Thales is one of Europe’s leading players in the security market.

Thales solutions secure the four key domains considered vital to modern societies: government, cities, critical infrastructure and cyberspace. Drawing on its strong cryptographic capabilities, Thales is one of the world leaders in cybersecurity products and solutions for critical state and military infrastructures, satellite networks and industrial and financial companies. With a presence throughout the entire security chain, Thales offers a comprehensive range of services and solutions ranging from data protection and trust management, security consulting, intrusion detection and architecture design to system certification, development and through-life management of products and services, and security supervision with Security Operation Centres in France, the United Kingdom and The Netherlands. Press ContactsThales, Media Relations SecurityDorothée Bonneil+33 (0)6 84 79 65 86dorothee.bonneil@thalesgroup.com Thales, Media Relations UKAdrian Rondel+44 (0)7971 414052adrian.rondel@thalesgroup.com Thales, Media Relations e-SecurityLiz Harris+44 (0)7973 903648liz.harris@thales-esecurity.com

Exponential-e cuts carbon footprint by 68% as it demonstrates sustainability commitment...

ISO 14001 and 50001 certifications make British cloud and network provider one of the most highly certified technology companiesLondon, U.K., 30 June, 2016 – British cloud and networking provider, Exponential-e, has been awarded two ISO (International Organisation for Standardisation) certifications recognising energy and environmental management across its business.

Between May 2015 and May 2016, Exponential-e reduced its carbon footprint by a total of 68%.

The ISO 14001 and ISO 50001 Standards are an addition to Exponential-e’s five existing certifications across security, business continuity, quality and service management, making the company one of the only technology providers to hold this many ISO certificates. “With new figures published by British Gas revealing that the UK is still amongst the top 20 countries emitting the largest amount of carbon, British businesses need to urgently review their energy and environmental policies in order to remain globally competitive,” said Jitesh Bavisi, Director of Compliance at Exponential-e. “Although we’ve always taken pride in our Corporate Social Responsibility, these certifications prove our achievements in carbon footprint reduction. We’ve made significant investment into upgrading our facilities, which now reflect a responsible future-focused organisation, and we will continue to work on minimising our long-term environmental impact. We’re delighted to reveal that our energy bill has gone down significantly even though we’ve gained 34 new employees in the past 5 months.” Achievement of the ISO 14001 Environmental Management Standard, is based on the company’s ability to reduce costs in waste, recycling and consumption, as well as manage environmental risks.
ISO 50001 Energy Management Standard shows Exponential-e’s energy efficiency across the business, including raising employee awareness and working towards a more secure long-term energy supply.
Implementing the two standards and maintaining an integrated approach will help Exponential-e’s long-term commitment to reducing its environmental impact. This certification also ensures Exponential-e’s compliance with the Environment Agency’s Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS), which identifies areas of energy savings available across the organisation. Examples of Exponential-e’s energy and environmental initiatives include installation of £30,000 worth of motion sensors across its offices that manage light usage, and replacement all its plasma screens, which hold C or D energy consumption ratings, with more environmentally-friendly LEDs, which hold A+ ratings. “With technology being a sector that is traditionally energy intensive, a reduction of 68% is significant.

As we develop and evolve our offering at Exponential-e, we’ll continue to maintain our audits and look to build around our standards frameworks for managing quality, security, business continuity, service and now environmentally friendly policies. We no longer have an area of our business that’s not assessed by a third party, and we’re proud to be one of the few technology companies holding seven ISO certificates,” concludes Bavisi. Toni Allen, UK Head of Client Propositions, BSI comments: “Achieving certification to both ISO 14001 and ISO 50001 demonstrates Exponential-e’s commitment to being a more sustainable organisation.
Implementing these management systems will enable them to control their environmental and energy impact and continually improve their performance.” -ENDS- About Exponential-eExponential-e is a British cloud and connectivity pioneer with a difference.
Its cloud services do not traverse the public Internet.
Instead, they reside (logically) on a customer's LAN, on the clean side of the firewall so security and privacy concerns are negated.

Exponential-e wholly owns a super-fast 100 Gigabit Ethernet Layer 2 VPLS Network that guarantees a superior level of resilience, reliability and performance.

Exponential-e also integrates with third party providers and bespoke applications for both the Enterprise and SMEs with an end-to-end SLA.That’s why it’s trusted by over 2,800 customers, boasts 96% customer reference-ability, features in the London Stock Exchange's Top 1000 Companies to Inspire Britain, included in Investec’s Top 100 fastest growing UK Mid-Market companies and ranked number 16 in the Megabuyte50, which lists the best performing, privately-owned technology companies in the UK.Exponential-e's services are delivered down one pipe, enabling 100% network visibility and control.

The company has demonstrated the highest levels of compliance with industry standards and has been awarded seven ISO accreditations including the highly coveted cloud Security Alliance STAR.

Exponential-e’s product portfolio includes services for cloud & IT, Voice, Networking, Data Centres and Professional Services. Connect with Exponential-e:Twitter: https://twitter.com/Exponential_eLinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/29666Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/exponentiale