Net Zero, energy efficiency, ESG, the circular economy, Scope 3 emissions – just some of the many, many aspects of sustainability which the IT and wider business world are now addressing with ever increasing urgency. You’ll find plenty of insights, advice and more general food for thought as your own organization seeks to reduce its carbon footprint.
News Articles
Colt Group launches its first Sustainability Report Highlights commitment to delivering a positive impact from its ESG pledges.
Schneider Electric wins ‘Outstanding Contribution to Sustainability and Efficiency’, and ‘Power Innovation of the year’ at DCS Awards 2022 Schneider Electric wins ‘Outstanding Contribution to Sustainability and Efficiency’ category for second consecutive year.
Castrol and Submer to collaborate on immersion cooling solutions Castrol, one of the world’s leading lubricants brands, and Submer, an emerging leader for immersion cooling systems, have signed an agreement that will aim to accelerate the adoption of immersion cooling as a path to more efficient and more sustainable data centre operations.
Cool successor with sustainable DNA Rittal is expanding its smart cooling unit solutions by adding the new Blue e+ S range. The companies latest generation of cooling units with their lower output categories of 300, 500, and 1,000 W have been designed for efficiency, ensuring a smaller footprint and lower costs – just like their “bigger brothers.” So it’s a win-win both for users and for our future.
Digital Realty celebrates sustainable gigawatt achievement With the publication of its fourth annual ESG Report, Digital Realty reveals progress towards environmental goals – hitting the milestone of securing one gigawatt of IT capacity in accordance with sustainable building standards.
Kohler's HVO capabilities offer a pathway to Net Zero Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil (HVO) fuel delivers significant carbon savings.
Keele University chooses Vertiv Vertiv modular power system supports Keele’s ambitious decarbonisation strategy and complements its on-site renewable energy microgrid.
atNorth appoints new ESG Manager atNorth has announced that Ásdís Ólafsdóttir will fulfill the vital role of Environmental, Social and Governance Manager for the sustainably focused pan-Nordic company.
Virgin Media O2 Business to provide dark fibre for all Proximity edge data centres Initiative will bolster customer choice for low latency services across UK edge colocation portfolio.
Datum moves to renewable HVO fuel Datum Datacentres, the business-critical data centre provider, will be transitioning from diesel to renewable HVO (hydrotreated vegetable oil) fuel for its backup generators at its flagship facility on the Cody Technology Park, Farnborough. Working in partnership with Keysource, the global datacentre and critical environment specialist, this move will enable Datum to reduce up to 90% of net CO2 emissions if its backup generators are used.
Schneider Electric makes steady progress toward 2025 sustainability targets Schneider Electric has detailed the results of its sustainable impact programme for the second quarter of 2022.
Powering up Beijing data centre giant 24/7 with energy savings ABB helps Chinese data centre keep the data flowing with almost 100 percent power reliability.
Multiple Delta UPS help Greenergy Data Centers Greenergy Data Centers has recently built a new, large-scale data center in Tallinn, Estonia. Part of the Three Seas Initiative (3SI), it’s the most modern and energy-efficient data center in the region. 3SI was launched in 2015 by the countries of the Adriatic, Baltic, and Black Seas to pursue joint public policy goals for transport, energy, and digital infrastructure. The individual projects are implemented by the private sector with funding from the 3SI Investment Fund. The goal is to improve connections between 12 EU-member states in the region and thus strengthen EU cohesion. Delta’s uninterruptible power supplies (UPS) for the project were supplied, installed, and commissioned together with Delta’s partner, DC Solutions.
Sustainability initiatives impact data centre infrastructure spend According to a recently published report from Dell’Oro Group, data center physical infrastructure (DCPI) revenues are forecast to grow at an 8 percent compound annual growth rate (CAGR) from 2021 to 2026, to above $31 billion. Growth is forecast to remain resilient, driven by sustainability-minded data center expansion from cloud and colocation service providers, despite near-term supply chain constraints persisting and macroeconomic headwinds forming.
Verne Global goes public on sustainability metrics Calls for greater transparency from data centre industry.
Getronics appoints Keysource for liquid refreshment Global IT services company Getronics has awarded Keysource, the data centre and critical environment specialist, a consultancy project to support one of its clients that provides sustainable cloud services. Keysource will be working closely with the Getronics team at its head office in the Netherlands and in its Data Centre in Runcorn in the UK.
The Royal Mint continues sustainability journey with Circular Computing remanufactured laptops Carbon neutral remanufactured laptops will help decarbonise The Royal Mint’s IT estate, reducing Scope 3 emissions.
Sustainability and digital transformation – mutually exclusive or not? Pankaj Sharma, Executive Vice President, Secure Power Division at Schneider Electric, is optimistic that organisations can pursue the benefits of digital transformation without compromising on their sustainability objectives. In particular, he believes that the data centre industry is very well placed to address the pressing environmental demands of the next few years, as it continues to develop technology innovations as it helps end users embrace the opportunities of the Digital Age.
Data centre sustainability in a post-COP26, digital world Astrid Wynne, Chair of the DCA’s Sustainability Special Interest Group, provides detailed and fascinating insight as to the sustainability challenges and opportunities facing the data centre industry in the aftermath of the recent COP26 Summit, as the sector continues to provide a resilient foundation for global digital transformation.
Sustainable data centre expansion programme – a Vantage perspective Antoine Boniface, President EMEA, Vantage Data Centers, outlines the company’s ongoing expansion programme, which has seen it increase its presence in Africa, Asia and Europe in recent months, through a mixture of acquisitions and greenfield construction. With the company committed to achieving NetZero carbon emissions by 2030, Antoine has some valuable insights into how the data centre industry needs to move forward collectively to meet its sustainability objectives. (This interview took place at the end of 2021).
A sustainable future for fibre - Prysmian Prysmian Group’s Executive Vice President of Telecoms, Philippe Vanhille, discusses the company’s focus on the importance of sustainability as a key consideration in the design, production and installation of fibre cables, giving examples of what’s been achieved to date and what we can expect over the coming years.
Sustainability sums – understanding your IT investment Ragnar Agnell, Partner at Centigo and Sanjiv Sachdev, Director, Strategic Business Value Consulting at Serviceware, discuss how – through the right technology – CTOs and CIOs can lead the charge against climate change in their companies whilst also balancing the urgent need to optimise business costs amid a turbulent financial climate.
Sustainability becoming a major Channel focus Michael O’Hara, Group Managing Director of DataSolutions, a distributor of transformational IT solutions, talks through the results of the company’s Channel sustainability stock-take survey, revealing how companies are losing out on contracts if they can’t demonstrate their environmental credentials, how the Channel is beginning to address its sustainability responsibilities and highlights the success of DataSolutions’ Techies Go Green initiative.
Step change required when it comes to IT sustainability? Coeus Consulting, an independent IT advisory focused on delivering strategic change, recently published the findings of its report: ‘The critical role of technology leaders in delivering on sustainability targets’. Graeme Trevayne, Associate Director at Coeus Consulting, talks through the survey results, highlighting the progress which has already been made, whilst suggesting that there is much more that can be done, not least when it comes to the need for some commonly agreed, IT sustainability objectives and the accompanying metrics.
Ancoris GreenLab adds the sustainability dimension to IT decision-making Andre Azevedo, CEO at Ancoris, explains how the company’s new GreenLab Google Cloud service helps organisations to understand the actions they can take around their IT infrastructure to achieve their sustainability goals, with cloud migration a high priority for many.
Supply chain transparency hits the catwalk Neil Cornish, Ecosystem Development Manager at Tech Data UK, discusses the collaboration between the UK Fashion & Textile Association, IBM, the Future Fashion Factory and Tech Data UK, to develop a new technology platform designed to help drive both sustainability and profitability within the fashion supply chain.
Capturing ESG data – the challenges and opportunities Or Lenchner, CEO, Bright Data, discusses the growing importance of ESG data, outlining the challenges of accessing, collecting, collating and analysing the many available data sources, and suggesting that improved government guidance and regulation is the way forward, along with the right analytics solution.
Energy challenges trigger data centre shake up Rob Elder, Vice President Data Centers, Bulk Infrastructure AS, discusses the current energy price spike and the impact it is already having on the global data centre industry - with a particular focus on how location is becoming an increasingly important factor for end users.
HVO offers significant biodiesel benefits Charles Hunsucker, General Manager Americas and Data Centers at Kohler Uninterruptible Power, explains how its entire range of mission critical diesel generators is now compatible with Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil (HVO) – the latest development in the company’s sustainability focus.
Investors hold the key to sustainability success Aoife Foley, IEEE Senior Member and Professor, School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Queen’s University Belfast, provides valuable insight into a whole range of technology, social and political challenges and opportunities which are shaping the quest for Net Zero.
Expert Opinions
IT services can play a pivotal role in reducing carbon emissions COP26 reinforced the need for society to reduce carbon emissions and be more eco-conscious. If we are to meet the targets set out by governments and organisations, tangible actions must take place. The UK has committed to reaching net zero by 2050, a challenging prospect that requires all levels of society to play their part. Business and industry’s energy consumption is an area that can be vastly improved when it comes to reducing carbon emissions. Scott Davidson, managing director at ISN Solutions, a corporate IT managed services provider with more than 20 years’ experience of partnering with energy companies, looks at how harnessing the latest technological innovations and practices can help energy companies navigate the energy transition.
5 steps to achieving the benefits of a net zero organisation By Andrew Duncan, Partner and UK CEO at Infosys Consulting.
The age of data-driven environmentalism The success of environmental policymaking is inextricably linked to the deployment of high-frequency data and artificial intelligence (AI). Geoff McGrath, Managing Director of CKDelta, discusses the role of holistic, data-driven decision making in responding to the climate crisis and driving down carbon emissions.
How are businesses utilising data to reach ESG goals? By Bengt Johannes Lundberg , CEO of Disruptive Technologies.
Implementing change: Leveraging data for sustainable business By Bhushan Patil, Chief Growth Officer for Network Services for APJI & EMEA,
Data centres – are they really sustainable? By David Watkins, solutions director for VIRTUS Data Centres.
Responsible computing isn’t just about moving to the cloud By Nick Westall CTO, CSI
Working with big tech unlocks the true green capabilities of cloud computing By Ashish Arora – Vice President (UK, Ireland & BeNeLux) at HCL Technologies
The future of secure, sustainable, smart cities requires smart timing By Simon Kenny, Chief Strategy Officer at Hoptroff
How to shape your cloud adoption strategy while building more sustainable IT By Adrian Bradley, Head of Cloud Transformation, KPMG
The benefits of microgrids in building a new generation of sustainable and resilient data centres By Marc Garner, VP, Secure Power Division, Schneider Electric UK&I