Why a green data centre makes sense for your business

Why a green data centre makes sense for your business

A green data centre is one in which the mechanical, lighting, electrical and computer systems are designed for maximum energy efficiency and minimum environmental impact.

It’s no surprise that businesses that are challenged with reducing their operational risk, tend to outsource their data centre to a dependable, scalable, cost-effective service provider. Many of these organisations are also looking for ways to reduce their carbon footprint.

Why green IT matters

The majority of IT professionals, around 85% of them, believe environmental factors to be important in planning IT operations, but only a quarter have written green criteria into their company’s purchasing processes.

Against a backdrop of an explosion in data, exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, data centres have become much hungrier for energy. Various models predict that, by 2030, data centre electricity needs could surpass more than 10% of the global supply.

Many of our customers have been attracted by our environmentally friendly initiatives, put in place back in 2010 when we designed and constructed our first purpose-built data centre. We have helped many organisations hit their own green credentials, in turn, attracting more business for them.

Our efforts to ensure an ecologically minded operation

We’ve ensured our data centres are as energy-efficient as possible. In recognition of Blue Chip’s efforts to reduce electricity usage, carbon dioxide and other environmental impacts, we have achieved the UK Environment Agency’s Climate Change Agreement (CCA) accreditation. CCAs are agreements made between UK industry and the Environment Agency, aimed at reducing energy consumption and carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. The Environment Agency administers the CCA scheme on behalf of the whole of the UK.

We have attained ISO:14001 Environmental Management certification. This provides a framework for management and best practice to help organisations minimise their environmental footprint and make them more sustainable.

Furthering our commitment to preserving the planet, we plant trees to mitigate the remaining emissions we produce, and our company car policy has our staff driving only hybrid or electric vehicles.

We’ve achieved a Power Usage Efficiency (PUE) of 1.1 for our data centres. PUE is a simple calculation of total data centre power use being divided by computational power use. Our PUE of 1.1 equates to 100 kW of IT load supported by 4.2 kW of cooling.

Take advantage of our green data centres

We understand that data centres require a huge amount of power, which can cause a negative impact on the environment. That is why we have built, what we feel is, one of the most energy-efficient data centres in the UK, using EcoCooling and regularly offsetting carbon emissions. We live and breathe our green credentials through the management of our facilities and green initiatives.

As climate change hits the headlines more often, it’s becoming a crucial factor in attracting new custom. The aim to be carbon neutral and to save as much energy as possible is pivotal to underlining your commitment to Corporate Social Responsibility.

Back in 2015, 66% of global consumers’ spending choices indicated a preference for environmentally responsible brands, many of those being younger consumers (aged 34 or under). That number has increased since then, as a more recent survey noted a significant increase towards ecologically-minded businesses. If you’re one of those companies keen to bolster your green credentials, speak to us today. We’ve helped hundreds of organisations achieve their goals through our green data centre facilities.

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