UK government tells firms to use cloud to curb their carbon emissions and fight climate change

by Jeremy

Businesses 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 department has issued a series of steps that businesses should consider taking to help curb their carbon emissions by changing the technology they use and buy to run their organizations.

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The recommendations are part of a broader 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, challenging participants to become net-zero entities by 2050.

“Net-zero means that you are putting no more carbon into the atmosphere than you are taking out of it,” said the advisory notice. “Through the government’s United Nations-backed commitment process, you’re joining an international community of thousands of like-minded businesses.”

From a technology purchasing perspective, BEIS said one action companies should consider moving more of their on-premise IT infrastructure to the public cloud instead of continuing to house it within their private data centers.

“Large cloud providers are generally more energy-efficient than traditional enterprise datacentres,” said the advisory note. “That’s thanks to IT operational and equipment efficiency, datacentre infrastructure efficiency, and higher utilization of renewable energy. So consider moving from on-premise servers to the cloud.”

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