Recognising the need for action, in October 2010 UKFast became
carbon neutral by offsetting the annual carbon footprint of the
head office and data centres - including all devices and daily
operational power consumption.
This has the effect of, completely neutralising current
CO2e emissions from UKFast's hosted services.
The carbon footprint has been calculated under the guidance of
one of the world leaders in carbon management, in accordance with
DEFRA and Department of Energy and Climate Change guidelines. The
international standard ISO14064, is used as guidance for the
monitoring and management of carbon footprint.
Data centres, which are necessary for housing servers and
providing hosting services, use a large amount of energy and emit
tonnes of CO2 every year. In fact, data centres
worldwide are expected to generate 533 million tonnes of
CO2 by 2020 (Carbon Trust).
Every quarter, UKFast will purchase additional carbon offsets to
cover growth and to offset the emissions of all its new UKFast
clients. Following this, a process of reconciliation will take
place to ensure that the carbon offsets sufficiently cover the
actual emissions produced.
Creating green offices, data centres and clients is a proactive
solution and a great step for the industry and the environment. The
plan for the future is to prevent the emissions from happening in
the first place. UKFast are already working on 10 projects that are
at various stages of development.