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General FAQs

What is Cloud Voice?

Cloud Voice is a virtual phone system hosted in the cloud. It combines all the features of a traditional phone system with the flexibility of the cloud, without compromising on quality. Here’s how it works:

  1. Functionality: Cloud Voice provides all the functionality of a traditional telephony system, including call routing, transfers, and voicemail.
  2. Internet-Based Calls: Instead of using a traditional phone line, cloud calls are placed over the internet.
  3. Flexibility: You can make and receive calls from any device, whether you’re at the office or on the go.
  4. Unified Communication: Cloud Voice centralizes communication through a single app for calling, meetings, and messaging.
  5. Cost-Effective: It eliminates the overheads of a physical phone system, making service management easier.

UCS cloud voice for instance, offers features like voicemail, call director, voice and video conferencing and integration with Cisco Webex for better collaboration.

What is HaaS?

Hardware as a Service (HaaS) refers to managed services or grid computing, where computing power is leased from a central provider. In this model, users rent hardware resources rather than purchasing them outright. It’s similar to other service-based models where businesses can access and utilize hardware through a subscription-based arrangement. Here are some key points about HaaS:

  1. Leasing Hardware: Instead of buying physical hardware (such as servers, storage devices, or networking equipment), organizations lease it from a service provider.
  2. Subscription Model: Users pay a recurring fee for access to the hardware, which can be more cost-effective than upfront purchases.
  3. Managed Services: The provider takes care of maintenance, upgrades, and support, allowing businesses to focus on their core activities.
  4. Flexibility: HaaS allows scalability—organizations can adjust their hardware resources based on changing needs.
  5. Reduced Capital Expenditure: By avoiding large upfront investments, businesses can allocate resources more efficiently.

In summary, Haas offers a flexible and cost-efficient way to access and utilize hardware resources without the burden of ownership.

What does Net Zero mean?

Net zero refers to achieving a balance between the amount of greenhouse gases produced and the amount removed from the atmosphere. Let me break it down:

  1. Greenhouse Gases: These include carbon dioxide (CO₂) and methane. CO₂ is released when we burn oil, gas, and coal in homes, factories, and transportation. Methane is produced through farming and landfill activities. These gases trap extra energy in the Earth’s atmosphere, leading to global warming.
  2. The Goal: Under the 2015 Paris climate agreement, 197 countries (including the UK) committed to limiting global temperature rises to 1.5°C by 2100. To achieve this, CO₂ emissions need to fall by nearly half by 2030 and reach net zero by 2050, according to the UN’s climate body (the IPCC).
  3. What Net Zero Means:
    • No More Additions: Net zero means no longer adding to the total amount of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere.
    • Balancing Emissions: Not all emissions can be reduced to zero. Those that remain must be matched by actively removing greenhouse gases. This can happen through:
      • Natural Removal: Planting trees and restoring peatlands.
      • Human-Made Machines: Early-stage technologies that directly remove CO₂ from the air (e.g., carbon capture).
      • Warning: While these technologies are important, they cannot substitute for drastic cuts in fossil fuel use.
  4. UK’s Efforts: The UK government aims to achieve net zero by 2050. Their ambitious pledges include:
    • Clean Electricity by 2035: Rapidly increasing wind, solar, and nuclear power.
    • Zero-Emission Cars: Making 80% of new car sales “zero emission” by 2030.
    • Carbon Capture: Storing 20 to 30 million tonnes of CO₂ annually by 2030.
    • Electric Heat Pumps: Installing 600,000 electric heat pumps per year by 2028.

Full Carbon Footprint: The UK has significantly cut its greenhouse gas emissions (nearly 50% since 1990). However, this figure only includes emissions generated within the UK, not those produced from goods manufactured overseas and imported. The UK’s full carbon footprint extends beyond it’s borders.

How can I reduce my print useage?

1. Adjust print settings

One of the easiest ways to save time is to adjust the print settings. By default, most printers are set to print at the highest quality, which is often unnecessary. Lowering the print quality to draft or fast-draft mode can significantly reduce the time spent on printing. Also, consider adjusting the paper size and layout to optimize printing, reducing the number of pages printed.

2. Implement print policies

Another way to reduce printing time is by implementing print policies. These policies can limit the number of pages a user can print, set limits on the number of colour prints, and specify which printers are available to each user. By selecting these policies, you can encourage users to be more mindful of their printing habits, ultimately reducing the time and cost spent on printing.

3. Use print management software

Print management software can streamline the printing process and reduce the time spent on printing. This software can provide real-time tracking of print jobs, identify inefficient printing practices, and provide cost analysis reports. By using print management software, organizations can optimize their printing practices and reduce the time spent on printing.

4. Go “less paper” aka paperless where you can

By implementing paperless workflows where appropriate for your business, you eliminate the need for printing documents that can remain as digital workflows. You can use digital documents, e-signatures, and cloud-based storage solutions to replace some printed copies. Going ‘paperless’ reduces the time spent on printing, reduces paper waste, and contributes to environmental sustainability.

5. Educate Users

Finally, educating users about the importance of reducing printing time can be an effective way to change printing habits. Providing training and resources on optimizing printing practices can encourage users to be more mindful of their printing habits and ultimately reduce the time spent on printing.

What is AI?

Artificial intelligence (AI) is technology that enables computers and machines to simulate human intelligence and problem-solving capabilities. On its own or combined with other technologies (e.g. sensors, geolocation, robotics), AI can perform tasks that would otherwise require human intelligence or intervention.

 It allows computers to learn and solve problems almost like a person. Here are some key points about AI:

  1. Learning from Data: AI systems are trained on huge amounts of information and learn to identify patterns in it. They can carry out tasks such as having human-like conversations or predicting products an online shopper might buy.
  2. Applications:
    • Virtual Assistants: AI powers voice-controlled virtual assistants like Siri and Alexa.
    • Social Media Algorithms: AI helps platforms like Facebook and Twitter decide which social media posts to show users.
    • Recommendation Systems: AI lets companies like Amazon analyze customers’ buying habits to recommend future purchases.
    • Content Generation: AI programs like ChatGPT and DALL-E generate new content that feels like it has been made by a human.
  3. Generative AI: Programs like ChatGPT and DALL-E are examples of what’s called “generative” AI. They learn from vast quantities of data (online text and images) to create new content.
  4. Challenges and Concerns:
    • Bias: AI can reproduce biases present in its source material, such as sexism or racism.
    • Accuracy: Sometimes, AI generates inaccurate answers or images.
    • Ethical Dilemmas: Artists and creators worry that AIs allow others to exploit and imitate their work without payment.

In summary, AI is a powerful tool that transforms various aspects of modern life, but it also raises important ethical and safety considerations.

Net Zero and ESG

Commonly asked questions

What does the subscription includes?

– 1 year subscription to the Greenly Carbon Management Platform
– Measure of carbon emissions for a selected reference year (12 month period)
– Data collection through a unique accounting file and API connectors
– Physical analysis through optional activity modules, adapted to the customer’s industry
– Climate dashboard and industry benchmarks
– Audit-ready, investor grade yearly GHG report
– Employee survey and engagement through Climate quizzes
– Customized reduction actions recommendation and tracking dashboard
– Industry-specific support from climate expert on data collection, reduction plan and project management
– 1-hour Climate Journey overview meeting with the Climate Expert
– Access to our offset portfolio and sustainable suppliers catalog

How is Greenly cheaper than its competitors?

Greenly offers a platform that digitizes the assessment of a carbon footprint, saving man time and reducing the cost compared to consulting.
While our platform relies on technology to automate as much as possible, our climate experts are involved in the analysis and customisation of your action plans and to guide you step by step through the process.

Does Greenly only measure expense based emissions?

No, our platform uses expense-based analysis to generate a baseline report on a company’s footprint. From there we use activity-based modules to dive deeper into their largest emission categories

Does Greenly only provide GHG Assessments?

Greenly provides other services for industry specific needs such as: LCAs, Portfolio Analysis, Custom API calculators, Supplier Engagement, and industry specific studies

Contact your Partner Manager for more information

What does an example report look like?

An example report can be found here, along with customer use cases

Does Greenly measure scope 3 emissions?

Scope 3 emissions typically correspond to emissions generated upstream or downstream of a company’s value chain.
Greenly measures these emissions in two stages, by scanning the company’s accounts, and by activating modules dedicated to their largest emissions categories, to quantify the activities and assign the correct emissions factors