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Claiming a premium environmental footprint

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Aviva is the world’s sixth largest insurance group, serving 53.4 million customers across the world with insurance, savings and investment products. Throughout its 300 year heritage, the company has always remained committed to corporate responsibility. Today Aviva is committed to cut costs and drive out energy waste with NightWatchman.

Aviva has demanding sustainability goals to achieve (where it looks to continually reduce its CO2 consumption) and estimated that 40 percent of emissions come from IT. To combat this, the world’s sixth largest insurer set up a dedicated sustainable IT taskforce, who are always looking at ways that the company can more accurately benchmark this impact and identify new measures for carbon reduction – anything from decarbonising communications with the increased use of web conferencing and telepresence facilities to power managing corporate PCs and monitors when they are not in use. It was this group who selected advanced PC power management solution, NightWatchman from 1E.

Using NightWatchman it first took a benchmark to discover that on average, 60% of PCs were being left on after work on weekdays and over the weekend. Prior to starting the large-scale deployment of NightWatchman, the team trialed the solution across multiple locations in the UK across 856 computers. The trial demonstrated a 6.5 percent reduction in electricity usage.

NightWatchman collected data for one week and the resulting analysis report demonstrated that during this period, 60 percent of desktop PCs and 18 percent of laptops were being left on overnight. On weekends, 57 percent of desktops and 30 percent of monitors were being left on, but only 7 percent were actually being used.

After a successful trial, Aviva was ready to deploy NightWatchman across 30,000 PCs. The analysis report illustrated that the leading insurer could expect to save more than 5 million kWh of electricity per year on completion of the deployment to 30,000 computers (i.e desktops and laptops). This equates to the prevention of 2812 metric tonnes of CO2 being released into the atmosphere per year.

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