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Dalim sharpens its sustainability focus

Dalim Software is implementing a number of new initiatives as part of its sustainability policy, and has taken on Jonas Klein to be responsible for building and monitoring that policy.

In 2014 Dalim decided to power all its operations by hydroelectricity from Switzerland, and began electrifying its car pool, switching to electrified two-wheel transportation for daily commuting and eliminating plastic waste. Through these measures, the company has been able to eliminate approximately 375,000kg of CO2 every year. The company is now working on much more.

In a statement it said that while it would seem that a software company has very little opportunity to affect sustainability, it understands that data management and storage has a major environmental impact. It wants to explore the environmental impact of reducing PDF files, for example, from 10MB to 2MB - one of the reasons it created PDFLight, a free application that provides PDF file optimisation. 

Dalim’s mid-term goal is to assess the carbon footprint of its software, both manufacturing and usage. In the longer term, the company hopes to reduce this footprint by implementing manufacturing rules - and even advise its customers how to conserve as much energy as possible using its software.\

“While Dalim has been very conscious of its corporate environmental footprint -and the footprint of our products - this responsibility is so vital that we have tasked Jonas Klein to develop a specific, actionable plan. Nobody had been previously assigned this task,” said Carol Werlé, CEO. “Dalim is now building a roadmap to plan and structure our activities. As a start, we are focusing on the seventeen UN sustainable development goals as a guide to assure a holistic approach. While we do not create a product that people can physically touch, there is still a measurable impact in many different categories. We hope to conduct the science that can measure the impact of these and offer solutions as time progresses.”

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