T-Mobile makes renewable energy deal with Puget Sound Energy for US headquarters
Telecommunications ‘un-carrier’ giant T-Mobile has joined Puget Sound Energy’s ‘Green Direct’ program to power its Bellevue headquarters in Washington with 100% renewable energy.
The local supplier’s Green Direct initiative is a renewable energy program specifically designed to meet customer demands – it provides corporations with solutions to meet their carbon reduction goals and allows them to “purchase 100% of their energy from a dedicated, local, renewable energy resource, while providing them with a stable, cost efficient solution”.
The announcement forms another step toward T-Mobile’s commitment to RE100, which will mean it uses 100% green energy in all of its operations by 2021.
CEO John Legere said of the deal: “At T-Mobile, we really mean it when we say we’re going to clean up wireless for good… and in this case that means cleaning up our impact on the planet by making a BIG commitment to renewable energy. We’ve put a stake in the ground to go 100% renewable by 2021 – because it’s the right thing to do and it’s smart business.”
The business announced its commitment to RE100 in January this year, saying it hopes its sustainability journey will help it save around $100mn in energy costs. In total, T-Mobile states it uses 2.3MWh to power its stores, cell towers and other facilities.
RE100 is a commitment organised by The Climate Group. It currently includes Ikea, AB InBev, Nike and Pearson among others, and most recent additions include WeWork, RBS, McKinsey and Sony.
The Climate Group recently announced some positive news for companies like T-Mobile, saying that its members tend to perform better financially than their non-RE100 counterparts. A report compiled in conjunction with Capgemini states that, from a sample of 3,500 companies, RE100 members enjoy “above average financial performance”.
Upon joining RE100, Legere said the decision was not only to ‘do right by’ the company’s customers but also made good business sense. “We expect to cut T-Mobile’s energy costs by around $100mn in the next 15 years thanks to the move. Imagine the awesome things we can do for our customers with that!”
You can read more about T-Mobile’s journey in our upcoming Gigabit feature.
Intelliwave SiteSense boosts APTIM material tracking
“We’ve been engaged with the APTIM team since early 2019 providing SiteSense, our mobile construction SaaS solution, for their maintenance and construction projects, allowing them to track materials and equipment, and manage inventory.
We have been working with the APTIM team to standardize material tracking processes and procedures, ultimately with the goal of reducing the amount of time spent looking for materials. Industry studies show that better management of materials can lead to a 16% increase in craft labour productivity.
Everyone knows construction is one of the oldest industries but it’s one of the least tech driven comparatively. About 95% of Engineering and Construction data captured goes unused, 13% of working hours are spent looking for data and around 30% of companies have applications that don’t integrate.
With APTIM, we’re looking at early risk detection, through predictive analysis and forecasting of material constraints, integrating with the ecosystem of software platforms and reporting on real-time data with a ‘field-first’ focus – through initiatives like the Digital Foreman. The APTIM team has seen great wins in the field, utilising bar-code technology, to check in thousands of material items quickly compared to manual methods.
There are three key areas when it comes to successful Materials Management in the software sector – culture, technology, and vendor engagement.
Given the state of world affairs, access to data needs to be off site via the cloud to support remote working conditions, providing a ‘single source of truth’ accessed by many parties; the tech sector is always growing, so companies need faster and more reliable access to this cloud data; digital supply chain initiatives engage vendors a lot earlier in the process to drive collaboration and to engage with their clients, which gives more assurance as there is more emphasis on automating data capture.
It’s been a challenging period with the pandemic, particularly for the supply chain. Look what happened in the Suez Canal – things can suddenly impact material costs and availability, and you really have to be more efficient to survive and succeed. Virtual system access can solve some issues and you need to look at data access in a wider net.
Solving problems comes down to better visibility, and proactively solving issues with vendors and enabling construction teams to execute their work. The biggest cause of delays is not being able to provide teams with what they need.
On average 2% of materials are lost or re-ordered, which only factors in the material cost, what is not captured is the duplicated effort of procurement, vendor and shipping costs, all of which have an environmental impact.
As things start to stabilise, APTIM continues to utilize SiteSense to boost efficiencies and solve productivity issues proactively. Integrating with 3D/4D modelling is just the precipice of what we can do. Access to data can help you firm up bids to win work, to make better cost estimates, and AI and ML are the next phase, providing an eco-system of tools.
A key focus for Intelliwave and APTIM is to increase the availability of data, whether it’s creating a data warehouse for visualisations or increasing integrations to provide additional value. We want to move to a more of an enterprise usage phase – up to now it’s been project based – so more people can access data in real time.