Government advises firms to use the cloud to lower carbon emissions

Firms should consider picking up the pace of their cloud migrations to do their bit to help tackle climate change, the UK government’s department for business, energy and industrial strategy (BEIS) has advised.

The recommendations are part of a wider push by the government to encourage businesses to throw their weight behind its climate change-tackling net-zero emissions campaign, whereby firms across the UK are being challenged to take action to shrink their carbon footprints by 2030. This is through joining the BEIS-backed UK business climate hub initiative, which is also challenging participants to become net-zero entities by 2050.

From a technology purchasing perspective, BEIS said one action companies should take is to consider moving more of their on-premise IT infrastructure to the public cloud instead of continuing to house it within their own private data centres. The advisory note suggested that large cloud providers are generally more energy-efficient than traditional enterprise data centres, thanks to IT operational and equipment efficiency, data centre infrastructure efficiency and higher utilisation of renewable energy. The department is also urging IT buyers to audit the data they have stored on-premise to assess whether it is worth keeping in the long term.

”The advice issued by BEIS is a positive step that all businesses can take to help curb their carbon emissions,” Andrew Griffith, the government’s business net-zero champion, said. “From buying energy-efficient equipment to sourcing large cloud providers, these small steps can collectively make a big difference in helping us fight climate change and create a brighter and more sustainable future”

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