Scientists are always on the lookout for ways to tackle climate change. Some of the most important remedial measures they suggest include the usage of renewable energy over non-renewable energy sources, adopting a circular economy, transitioning to zero-emission mobility and embracing digital transformation including Information and Communication Technology (ICT) .
ICT plays a crucial role in achieving sustainability through smart applications, efficient use of energy and dematerialization, where digital solutions replace more energy-intensive solutions. However, due to the global increase in population, the consumption of ICT has increased manifold, resulting in more energy consumption and emissions. ICT’s impact on CO2 emissions can be seen in three major areas- production, distribution and use.
Cloud computing has emerged as a solution in this scenario. It is the on-demand availability of computer system resources, especially data storage and computing power, without the need of direct active management by the user. Cloud computing enables customers to use infrastructure and applications via the internet, without the need for on-premise installing and maintaining. This approach offers a cleaner and more-efficient alternative to traditional computing methods.
As far as its contribution in achieving the sustainable goals is concerned, cloud computing ensures more work with less carbon consumption. Firstly, it saves you from owning and maintaining physical hardware, and consequently in disposing or recycling anything. Everything is stored in the cloud, which is consumed as a service. Additionally, there is no need for overprovisioning; resources can be used on demand. Cloud technology offers a dynamic infrastructure that can easily adapt to usage demands. This flexibility eliminates the need for idle computers, making it more efficient and cost-effective.
Moreover, cloud computing facilitates a remote work possibility, which, in turn, helps in reducing transport emissions. According to the International Data Corporation (IDC), the widespread expansion and adoption of cloud computing can prevent more than one billion metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions by 2024.
Recognising its positive impact on the environment, businesses worldwide that are committed to sustainability have embraced cloud computing on a large scale. With the aim to bring the entire sustainability value chain under one roof, the London Climate Technology Show will host an incredible speaker lineup and topnotch exhibitors & sponsors including one of the top cloud providers, Google Cloud. The event will offer participants an opportunity to understand how Cloud has shifted the market trends in favour of meeting sustainability targets and the goal of net-zero. Be ready to be part of one of the UK's premier sustainability events and learn from the experts and explore how to leverage the Cloud services to make technology use more efficient and sustainable.