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November 03, 2009

Panduit Advances Eco-Sustainability Efforts Through UPI Vision, New Headquarters

By Erin Harrison, Executive Editor, Strategic Initiatives

It takes a village – a global village – to create a sustainable world for this generation and those that will follow. And in the case of smart data centers expert Panduit, the company’s environmental approach is an organic testimonial that it practices what it preaches to maximize sustainability, global collaboration and innovation.

Coupled with its unified physical infrastructure vision – which enables convergence of critical systems for driving sustainability from space savings and energy efficiencies – Panduit’s new LEED-certified world headquarters building leverages state-of-the-art visibility and control into all critical building systems, integrated and aligned under a single, unified and “intelligent” infrastructure, according to company officials.
The Tinley Park, Ill.-based headquarters is designed to function as an active “green” proof of concept with smart data center technologies as well as the Panduit Connected Building Solution for “mission-critical” operations and next-generation building features, company officials explained in a recent interview with TMCnet. In fact, the new five-story 280,000-square-foot Panduit World Headquarters Building will achieve an annual estimated cost savings of up to $210,000.
According to Anil Maheshwari, Panduit’s director, integrated marketing communications, “global footprint” is a term the company uses to refer to both is operational sustainability initiatives as well as UPI-based solutions that help customer’s meet their sustainability goals.
Panduit’s top sustainability goals relative to its new headquarters include a UPI-based connected building solution to optimize energy use at the new facility and fostering initiatives designed to optimize the enterprise infrastructure that are good both for business and for the planet, Maheshwari said.
The company’s eco-sustainability priorities include: maintaining current compliance with applicable laws/regulations; reducing energy usage and operating costs across all facilities/locations through modern HVAC systems, daylight harvesting, indirect lighting solutions, and maximized space utilization; the use of recycled materials and the creation of recycling programs for employees; preservation of conservation areas, walking trails, natural water filtration; and long-term flexibility of future facilities. Panduit also monitors and reports greenhouse gas emissions at all U.S. manufacturing units.
Spreading the word to accomplish a greener planet starts at home, as evidenced by the company’s global, internal environmental Web site developed to communicate environmental news and programs, including progress of corporate objectives and local/divisional initiatives.
To reduce its operational carbon footprint, Panduit employs several sustainability initiatives including conserving energy use and optimizing manufacturing processes throughout Panduit facilities. The 50-year-old company, Maheshwari said, will also continue to pursue pollution prevention, waste elimination and process improvement initiatives throughout Panduit facilities to reduce the impact of worldwide shipping along the entire supply chain.
Data centers typically are high users of energy because of their cooling requirements; in fact, nationally, data centers are responsible for between 1 percent and 2 percent of total power consumption. Panduit’s UPI-based solutions can reduce energy consumption in a typical data center by up to 15 percent and reduce cooling costs up to 38 percent, based on a 3,000-square-foot data center with 68 cabinets.
Through innovative cabinet designs and UPI-based architectures, Panduit improves thermal management and reduces the amount of energy required to cool data centers for proper equipment operation, company officials said.
Panduit offers a true “turnkey” solution towards allowing for an efficient infrastructure within the data center environment. Maheshwari explains that Panduit takes a holistic approach toward data center design and efficiency by balancing a suitably designed cabling infrastructure with desired power and cooling thresholds that are reliable, interoperable and scalable.
Company officials maintain that Panduit’s UPI-based solutions not only help customer’s reduce the carbon footprint of their data centers and intelligent buildings, but also optimize energy use and maximize resource efficiency across all operations.
Further proof of Panduit’s sustainability efforts is the company’s recent recognition as a winner of Oracle’s (News - Alert)  “Enable the Eco-Enterprise” award. The award recognizes customers and their partners from different industries that rely on Oracle applications, sustainability reporting, or technology products to support their green business practices and sustainability initiatives.

Erin Harrison is a senior editor with TMCnet, primarily covering telecom expense management, politics and technology and Web 2.0. She serves as senior editor for TMC's (News - Alert) print publications, including "Internet Telephony", "Customer Interaction Solutions", "Unified Communications" and "NGN" magazines. Erin also oversees production of TMCnet's weekly iPhone (News - Alert) e-Newsletter. To read more of Erin's articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Erin Harrison

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