\u201cWith our power-saving solutions and new platforms for business applications, we are setting milestones for the continuous improvement of our energy efficiency both in our IT operations and in those we facilitate for others through our data centers and solutions. We must be successful in achieving sustainable operations and combatting climate change because, as we all know, there is no \u2018Plan B\u2019 or a failover option for us on this beautiful planet Earth.\u201d -- Vladimir Mlynar, chief operating officer of Axians ICT Austria\n\nAxians is a brand of VINCI Energies, and Axians ICT Austria GmbH focuses on delivering the connections, performance, energy efficiency, and data that enterprises need to fast-track the rollout of new technologies needed to address two pivotal imperatives: digital transformation and the transition to new, more efficient, and renewable forms of energy.\n\nAxians ICT Austria\u2019s data centers provide services according to the latest standards, including a full portfolio of multi- and hybrid-cloud services that incorporate a proactive cybersecurity model. Axians is also the only provider in Austria to offer a one-stop store for SAP-related solutions. In addition, the company offers highly specialized software for archiving, collaboration, and logistics, as well as bespoke analytics and artificial intelligence offerings.\n\nWe recently connected with Vladimir Mlynar, chief operating officer of Axians ICT Austria, to learn more about the company\u2019s commitment to sustainability and the reduction of emissions and some of the projects where he sees new uses of technology furthering global efforts to combat climate change.\n\n\u201cAxians is part of the VINCI group, and the group is taking aggressive action to limit the consequences of climate change by setting ambitious targets,\u201d says Mlynar. \u201cWe benefit from that commitment and share those same goals, namely to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 40%, compared to 2018, by 2030. We\u2019re also committed to alignment with the 2050 carbon neutrality commitment made by France as part of the Paris Climate Agreement. What makes our experience somewhat different from many IT and technology companies is that VINCI is well known as a construction and energy company, so we see the impact of these commitments in a very immediate and tangible way.\u201d\n\nMlynar also believes there is a natural synergy between construction, the energy industry, and ICT when it comes to making sustainability gains.\n\n\u201cIt\u2019s well know that cloud computing is, in itself a significant asset in the move to a more sustainable approach and lower carbon footprint, and data centers are the primary consumer of energy in the IT sector \u2013 using more than 55% of the power assigned to it and 1% of worldwide electricity demand,\u201d he says. \u201cThat\u2019s why we felt it was crucially important for us to power our data centers with power generated from 100% renewable and CO2 neutral sources. But achieving that was but one piece of our plan. We see energy transition and digital transformation as intertwined.\u201d\n\nMlynar points to several projects recently completed for customers. The first, a smart cities project, drew on Axians\u2019s work with the Connected Worlds company in Holland.\n\nThrough the project, Axians deployed a number of sensors that measure air quality among other environmental factors. With the technology, traffic lights in the city can be automatically timed to improve air quality. One way this is done is by timing signal light changes so that trucks traveling through the city have to stop less often.\n\nThe second, a smart irrigation project Axians undertook for the city of Florence, Italy, is part of the Horizon European initiative, the European Union\u2019s program to fund research focused on sustainability and efforts to combat climate change. The systems Axians created monitor moisture levels and have already enabled the city to decrease water consumption for irrigation by 30%.\n\nNotably, the Axians cloud service addHelix, a web platform for customers in Austria powered by the VMware stack, enables logistics companies to optimize loads, routes, and the operation of fleets. As a result, they save money and lower emissions at the same time.\n\n\u201cGreater efficiency, lower costs, and lower emissions are not mutually exclusive and often go hand in hand,\u201d says Mlynar. \u201cThat\u2019s one of the reasons that it\u2019s fitting that VMware \u2013 a technology partner that first delivered all three with virtualization \u2013 would spearhead an important call to action like the VMware Zero Carbon Committed program. . . . We must be successful in achieving sustainable operations and combatting climate change because, as we all know, there is no \u2018Plan B\u2019 or a failover option for us on this beautiful planet Earth.\u201d \n\nLearn more about Axians and its partnership with VMware here.