We want to make effective contributions towards sustainable development and resource conservation. And when doing so, we make use of our core competency: innovative technology management. Our professional refurbishment and remarketing work extends IT equipment's operational life.
Energy efficiency as a service offering
Together with the TÜV Rheinland, CHG-MERIDIAN offers its customers Energy Efficient Data Center certification. We conduct audits to check data center climate control, power supply, CO₂ emissions and management, then identify a variety of optimization measures to take. The certification is valid for three years, ensuring that operators regularly invest in modern technologies.
This increases our customers' profitability while also helping protect the environment. Incidentally, we follow that same principle under our own roof, too: by converting our global server infrastructure to cloud technology, we were able to reduce our power consumption levels significantly.
Refurbishment as a core competency
Every year, we prepare more than 450,000 assets of IT equipment for the secondary market at our two locations. Our Technology and Service Center in Groß-Gerau, just south of Frankfurt, is one of the largest of its kind in Europe. We also have another facility in Skien, Norway. With eraSURE, we guarantee our customers individual, TÜV or DEKRA-certified data erasure concepts that are audit-proof, compliance-conformant, and economically efficient. The experts in our company's Remarketing department sell the refurbished units on international sales markets. This specialization helps us generate revenues for our customers that are typically above market rates. We intend to expand our secondary use concept in the future to include certificates for all customers showing that their legacy equipment has been used and disposed of in an environmentally and socially responsible manner.
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Secondary use as a contribution to societal innovation
The pilot project CHG-MERIDIAN Belgium launched in 2014 to close materials cycles is the only one of its kind worldwide: when procuring new IT hardware, customers can order certified environmentally and socially sound secondary use of their old computers for a good cause. The Belgian initiative Close the Gap and its sister organization, WorldLoop—both of which are recognized by the United Nations (UN) as non-profit organizations—are CHG-MERIDIAN's partners on the project.
Close the Gap provides functional legacy computer equipment to schools and educational institutions in developing countries. WorldLoop collects non-functional equipment in developing countries and recycles them properly in order to recover valuable raw materials. CHG-MERIDIAN concluded its first major contracts including secondary use agreements with CMA (Christelijke Mutualiteit Antwerpen), a Belgian health insurance company, and the consultancy firm of Deloitte.
CHG-MERIDIAN is a member of Initiative D21, a non-profit organization in which members of the political and business worlds work together to improve education, skills, and innovative power, in order to stimulate the transition to an information and knowledge-based society, generate growth and secure sustainable jobs. The project supports practice-oriented, interdisciplinary projects, actions and dialogue formats with close connections to digital media.
Environmental protection and innovation: fundamental stances
When constructing our new company headquarters in Weingarten, we sought to create the best possible interplay between aesthetics and environmental protection. The architecturally remarkable building set new standards, and now these same high standards also apply to the second construction phase, which is currently being realized as an energetic Passivhaus. The structure is architecturally coordinated to the first building, and incorporates construction elements and materials specifically selected to exceed Energy Savings Act (EnEV) specifications in all areas of consumption while allowing additional optimization. Synergy effects result from the intelligent interplay between the extant building technology in the first structure and the new elements of the second construction phase. One such example is energy supply, to which a new photovoltaic system on the roof and a geothermal energy system contribute. Structural elements on the roof surface and a reservoir area in the green section also make it possible to delay water flow from the rain drainage system into the public sewer, which helps ease the burden upon it, especially during heavy rain.