U.K. government encourages using cloud services to fight climate change

The U.K. government’s Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy has issued a set of guidelines for local businesses to help reduce their carbon emissions by potentially changing the technology they use to run their operations.

The new recommendations are a part of the government’s broader challenge for businesses to act against climate change and reduce their carbon footprints by 2030.

From a technology purchasing standpoint, BEIS claimed that companies can move their on-premise IT infrastructure to the public cloud instead of prolonging to house it within their private data centers. The advisory notice states that the large cloud providers are known to be more energy-efficient as compared to traditional data centers.

BEIS has also urged IT buyers to audit the information they have stored on-premise to evaluate whether it is worth keeping in the long run. The advisory note has asked businesses to delete data that is trivial, obsolete, or redundant to reduce the storage costs once shifted to the cloud.

It is worth noting here Microsoft, Google, and Amazon have made significant progress in cloud computing and storage in the recent past. These cloud-providing giants have also pledged to ramp up the amount of renewable energy they require to power their respective data centers.

For instance, Amazon Web Services has claimed to be on the course of having its entire operations fueled by renewable energy by 2025. Google, on the other hand, is ensuring its entire global operations will run on carbon-free sources by 2030.

Microsoft has committed to having all its data centers run on renewable energy by 2025. The tech giant has also pledged to develop an on-site hardware recycling center across every new and existing data center.

Interestingly, Microsoft’s plans of developing on-site hardware recycling centers are in line with BEIS’s recommendations. The advisory note states that businesses should consider purchasing recycled or repurposed IT equipment that has been processed by an accredited IT asset disposition partner.

The U.K. government’s department has also recommended buying printers and laptops that are energy-efficient certified.

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