While many environmental groups are focused on limiting emissions from the automotive and aviation industries, it is the communications industry that is on course to generate the most carbon emissions.
Data centres already consume roughly 3% of all globally generated power and account for approximately 2% of greenhouse gas emissions – a carbon footprint equivalent to the current airline industry. However, with the ever-increasing reliance on the internet and cloud services, these figures are set to grow exponentially.
Recent predictions state that the energy consumption of data centres is set to account for 3.2% of the total worldwide carbon emissions by 2025 and could consume no less than a fifth of global electricity.
The launch of 5G and the new wave of IoT (Internet of Things) devices only serve to compound the problem. As more devices become internet connected, more data will need to be processed and stored than ever before. By 2040, storing and processing digital data is set to create 14% of global emissions.
In recent years, Integrity IT Solutions have grown to become the largest independent IT Support provider in Cumbria. We have invested heavily in our technical team who have earned us a number of accolades, including Microsoft Gold Partner and Sophos Gold Partner status. We believe that our technical knowledge is the best available and feel that it is just as important for us to lead the way in other areas too, such as in our efforts against climate change.
Therefore, from February this year, Integrity IT Solutions are committed to planting a tree for every £5000 of our turnover. Based on recent years, this should equate to around 300 trees planted each year.
Because we’re based in Cumbria, we want this initiative to have a direct impact for our region, so we will plant the trees locally, rather than simply contributing to a carbon offsetting scheme.
Each tree planted helps to offset the environmental impact of the servers and data centres which are used to run the IT services we provide to our clients by consuming Co2 emissions as it grows.
The trees also provide a sustainable habitat for wildlife and will enhance the natural Cumbrian landscape.
In order to minimise our carbon footprint, we incorporate ‘green computing’ practices such as power management, virtualisation and recycling into our own business operations and plan to introduce a zero emissions electric vehicle to our fleet later this year, with the aim of making our business carbon neutral by 2024.
We also partner with a recycling facility which ensures that any equipment we replace is recycled once any data is disposed of to the highest security standards, instead of going to landfill.