It’s not easy being green

6th July 2017

So you want to be a green business? In theory, it all seems so simple. We all know that climate change is one of the most pressing issues of current times and individuals and businesses alike want to do our part to go green and help to save the planet. In practice, it can sometimes be difficult to know the best way to achieve that. If you’re looking to become a green businesses, there are a few simple steps you can take which will dramatically impact your carbon footprint and consumption of resources.

For example, companies may decide to implement a paperless policy to save trees, but the required additional power required for processing documents through management systems or external storage may mean that it is no more environmentally friendly than printing. There are, however, advantages to paperless systems that relate to operational efficiency for a green business. In addition, more computing power doesn’t necessarily mean less environmentally friendly. We offer colocation services to companies at our state of the art data centre which has been designed to ensure that we are a low carbon operation, despite the extensive computing and connectivity facilities maintained on the site.

How do we do that? A lot of it is down to small common sense measures which add up to a big difference. We’ve reduced our commercial waste, for example by reducing the amount of waste generated throughout the organisation and ensuring that we’re recycling everything that we can. Other examples can be seen in our data centre, such as the automatic, motion-activated lights throughout – it seems like a minor difference but you’d be amazed how many data centres leave their lights blazing 24/7. That’s power you’ll be paying for as a data centre customer and something that will increase your carbon footprint. Other aspects of power consumption can’t be so easily avoided – air conditioning is power-hungry but it’s essential to keep the servers in our data centre cool. In this instance, we designed the data centre as a green business and installed air conditioning units that maximise their efficiency and minimise power consumption.

We offer a range of services which allow companies to implement an environmentally friendly, low carbon IT infrastructure. There are a number of benefits to this, some short term like the positive PR of decreasing your carbon footprint or the better value services that you receive from an efficiently run data centre. Others are the longer-term benefits of protecting our environment and instilling those values right across your team. That’s why we’re happy to share how we continue to make improvements on our low-carbon operation. It’s more than just a policy or a PR opportunity for us. Every single member of the Green Co team is passionate about the environment and we hope many other companies follow our lead. We currently maintain a meadow on our premises that is home to two bee hives because when it comes to protecting the environment, we know that practical measures make a lot of difference.

If you want to come and see our state-of-the-art green data centre, or even just stroll through the Green Co meadow and learn about our environmental credentials, drop us a line and we can organise an appointment.

 

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