Cloud computing ‘can cut CO2 by 50%’

The adoption of cutting-edge cloud computing technologies can help businesses slash their carbon footprints by as much as 50 per cent, according to research from the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) in London. The study showed that cloud migration at lager firms can also result in vast cost savings as resources are shared much more efficiently.

The CDP found the blue chip firms in the UK are pushing ahead with the adoption of cloud computing solutions and many are planning to accelerate their adoption of the technology. The benefits, the CDP claims, come from the fact that organisations will spend less on hardware.

CDP’s research is echoed by comments from Cabinet Office minister Francis Maude, who recently claimed that the UK government’s cloud strategy will save the taxpayer £460 million each year. “The government cloud (G-Cloud) strategy details how we will exploit cloud computing to transform the government ICT estate into one that is agile, cost effective and sustainable,” he claimed.

Recently, Forrester published a report entitled Cloud Computing Helps Accelerate Green IT, which highlighted a number of environmentally-friendly benefits of modern IT infrastructure

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