Moncler is committed to minimising the environmental impact of the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) that it uses. It constantly seeks to identify more efficient and innovative solutions and provides its Italian and international offices with guidelines for the purchase of environmentally- friendly ICT equipment.
Moncler primarily uses multi-functional devices that print, copy and scan all in one, which reduces energy consumption and simplifies maintenance. Existing devices are progressively replaced with lower energy consumption units.
Since 2013 the Group has pressed ahead in Italy with a programme to replace all hardware components and video terminals with new Energy Star-certified devices. Energy Star is a voluntary energy efficiency programme, one of the most well-known worldwide.
Developed jointly by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy, Energy Star is designed to reduce costs and help protect the environment through the introduction of energy efficient products and practices.
Products carrying the Energy Star logo guarantee excellence in energy performance.
In recent years the Group has been working to reduce, replace, consolidate and virtualise its servers, a commitment that has brought considerable benefits in terms of energy consumption and related CO2 emissions. The extension of the virtualisation programme and introduction of Blade technology in Data Centres has led to the use of smaller servers designed to minimise the energy needed to cool the machines and optimise the use of space, boosting performance. In June 2014 Blade IBM PureFlex servers were introduced in the Trebaseleghe corporate office (Padua – Italy). The initiative has led to a saving of over 50% in terms of annual kWh consumed per year, equal to approximately 26.3 tonnes of CO2 emissions saved per year compared to the technology replaced of equal capacity.
Also in Trebaseleghe, the use of Blade servers was paired with a sophisticated programme for the virtualisation of data
management that guarantees excellent computational capacity and full consolidation of physical facilities, further reducing sources of energy waste. In addition to this, in one of the two server rooms, racks were installed featuring an integrated cooling system which further contributes to improving energy consumption.
In 2015 an additional 41 virtual servers were created, bring the number up to 245 (implemented on 24 physical servers) used by Moncler Group. In 2016 another 10 virtual servers will be introduced.
In an effort to increase awareness among employees of the environmental impact of their daily activities and foster more virtuous practices, in 2016 personal codes will be introduced in Italian corporate offices for the use of printers. The initiative is designed to encourage the responsible use of resources and rationalise the number of documents printed, and hence the amount of toner and paper consumed.
Moncler encourages remote working arrangements in accordance with the principle of taking work to where workers are, and not vice versa.
A range of hardware and software is used to achieve this: from the most basic – such as email, instant messaging systems and conference calls – to the most sophisticated, including apps for tablets and smartphones, and innovative video conferencing and tele presence systems.
These systems make a significant contribution to minimising the Group’s environmental impact caused by travel. They also improve employees’ quality of life, allowing them to save time and avoid transport difficulties, without placing barriers to collaboration among employees.
In fact, these video conferencing and tele presence platforms offer unprecedented audiovisual quality and also come equipped with tools and features that can reproduce the dynamics of a face-to-face meeting.
Moncler has 11 meeting rooms with modern video conferencing and tele presence systems. In 2015, these systems in theory helped avoid over 6 million kilometres of travel for work purposes, thus saving an estimated 995 tonnes of CO21.
CO2 emissions associated with air travel for work pur- poses, for employees representing 40% workforce, amounted to 467.15 tons in 2015.
After the introduction in 2013 of software for video conferencing direct from computers, in 2015 a pilot project was launched to enable video conferencing direct from a dedicated app for tablets; in 2016 the app will be available for all employees on request.
In 2016, two new rooms with video conferencing technology will be installed at Moncler’s premises in Korea and Romania.
1Emissions saved thanks to use of video/tele conferencing technology was estimated adopting the following assumptions:
– only video/tele conference calls lasting more than 20 minutes were taken into consideration;
– the average number of participants in each video/tele conference call was assumed to be four people;
– flights were associated to each international video/tele conference call. CO2 estimates were calculated on the basis of the distance in kilometres between the cities linked in the video/tele conference call, assuming two people would have taken flights in economy class;
– road trips by diesel-fuelled car were associated to each national video/tele conference call. CO2 estimates were calculated on the basis of the distance in kilometres between the cities linked in the video/tele conference call;
– for calls involving links to more countries (e.g. Italy, Japan and the United States), only one calling point and one receiving point were considered;
– the factors used for calculating emission savings are those published by the U.K. Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) in 2015.