May 17, 2020

Kaiser Permanente announces its plans to become carbon neutral by 2020

Kaiser Permanente
healthcare services
USA
healthcare services
Catherine Sturman
2 min
One of America’s largest nonprofit healthcare organisation’s, Kaiser Permanente, has pledged to become carbon neutral by 2020 in a new power purchas...

One of America’s largest nonprofit healthcare organisation’s, Kaiser Permanente, has pledged to become carbon neutral by 2020 in a new power purchase agreement, becoming the largest user of renewable energy in the US healthcare industry, utilising over a million MWh of green power each year.

Commonwealth Fund report has highlighted that the US healthcare sector emitted 655mn metric tons of carbon dioxide in 2011, making up 10% of generated in the country that year. Such growing figures could also be linked to nearly 200,000 premature deaths as a result of air pollution.

A sponsor of the Global Climate Action Summit, Kaiser’s agreement with NextEra Energy encompasses 180MW of clean energy – enough to generate power to up to 30 of 39 hospitals under the company’s umbrella through wind, solar and battery storage, forming part of a comprehensive portfolio of renewable energy solutions and greenhouse gas reduction strategies that support its clean energy focus.

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“One of the most effective ways to protect the health of the more than 68mn people in the communities we serve is by ensuring healthy environmental conditions. By investing in renewable energy and becoming carbon neutral, Kaiser Permanente is helping to prevent climate-related illness for people worldwide,” stated Chairman and CEO Bernard J. Tyson.

In its bid to reduce harmful emissions as part of its longstanding carbon neutral goal, Kaiser has reached a 29% reduction in net greenhouse gas emissions since 2008, increased its membership numbers by 36% and reduced water usage by 12%.

 Additionally, the business launched California’s first LEED Platinum hospital, the Kaiser Permanente San Diego Medical Center last year, hosted the city’s first hospital-based renewable microgrid at the Kaiser Permanente Richmond Medical Center, issued $1bn in Green Bonds to fund LEED Platinum and Gold building projects and successfully joined RE100, California Healthcare Climate Alliance, Ceres Connect the Drops and other climate leadership initiatives.

 

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Jun 17, 2021

Check Point: Securing the future of enterprise IT

HOOPP
Checkpoint
3 min
Erez Yarkoni, Global VP, explains how a three-way partnership between Check Point, HOOPP, and Microsoft is yielding optimum cloud security

Cybersecurity solutions provider Check Point was founded in 1993 with a mission to secure ‘everything,’ and that includes the cloud. Conscious that nothing remains static in the digital world, the company prides itself on an ability to integrate new technology with its solutions. Across almost three decades in operation, Check Point, with its team of over 3,500 experts, has become adept at protecting networks, endpoints, mobile, IoT, and cloud.

“The pandemic has been somewhat of an accelerator in the evolution of cyber risk,” explains Erez Yarkoni, Global VP for Cloud Business. “We had remote workers and cloud adoption a long time beforehand, but now the volume and surface area is far greater.” Formerly a CIO for several big-name telcos before joining Check Point in 2019, Yarkoni considers the cloud to be “part of [his] heritage” and one of modern IT’s most valuable tools.

Check Point has three important ‘product families’, Quantum, CloudGuard, and Harmony, with each one providing another layer of holistic IT protection:

  • Quantum: secures enterprise networks from sophisticated cyber attacks
  • CloudGuard: acts as a scalable and unified cloud-native security platform for the protection of any cloud
  • Harmony: protects remote users and devices from cyber threats that might compromise organisational data

 

However, more than just providing security, Yarkoni emphasises the need for software to be proactive and minimise the possibility of threats in the first instance. This is something Check Point assuredly delivers, “the industry recognises that preventing, not just detecting, is crucial. Check Point has one platform that gives customers the end-to-end cover they need; they don't have to go anywhere else. That level of threat prevention capability is core to our DNA and across all three product lines.”

In many ways, Check Point’s solutions’ capabilities have actually converged to meet the exact working requirements of contemporary enterprise IT. As more companies embark on their own digital transformation journeys in the wake of COVID-19, the inevitability of unforeseen threats increases, which also makes forming security-based partnerships essential. Healthcare of Ontario Pension Plan (HOOPP) sought out Check Point for this very reason when it was in the process of selecting Microsoft Azure as its cloud provider. “Let's be clear: Azure is a secure cloud, but when you operate in a cloud you need several layers of security and governance to prevent mistakes from becoming risks,” Yarkoni clarifies. 

The partnership is a distinctly three-way split, with each bringing its own core expertise and competencies. More than that, Check Point, HOOPP and Microsoft are all invested in deepening their understanding of each other at an engineering and developmental level. “Both of our organisations (Check Point and Microsoft) are customer-obsessed: we look at the problem from the eyes of the customer and ask, ‘Are we creating value?’” That kind of focus is proving to be invaluable in the digital era, when the challenges and threats of tomorrow remain unpredictable. In this climate, only the best protected will survive and Check Point is standing by, ready to help. 

“HOOPP is an amazing organisation,” concludes Yarkoni. “For us to be successful with a customer and be selected as a partner is actually a badge of honor. It says, ‘We passed a very intense and in-depth inspection by very smart people,’ and for me that’s the best thing about working with organisations like HOOPP.”

 

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