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  • Chris Bratton - Tech Journalist

Clean Environment Movement pushing tech companies to go green

Tech companies around the world are building themselves up as cleantech companies. They are also referred to as “green tech” companies. Industries are bringing innovation and at the same time trying to solve environmental problems by going green. Going green mostly means less dependency on natural resources and less hassle on them.

Infosys recognises its role in the clean environment movement and addressing “climate change” is put on the priority list. The company is moving toward its priority targets and one of them is decreasing carbon emission. It will be achieved by energy efficiency and conversion. The second one is moving toward renewable energy. It is no brainer, that we need to act against environmental pollution and minimising waste by using renewable energy is a must. The last move in this first initiative to go green is to go along with water recycling alongside freshwater conserving. This will lead to less pollution. Accenture, a company globally renewed for professional services, with over 482,000 workers in more than 120 countries. They are also on the verge of going green. According to a report by Accenture, between 2013 to 2019, companies grew and performed 4.7 times better than the companies less caring about carbon emissions. As more tech is hitting the market every quarter, companies not adapting to the newer technologies are falling behind. New high-tech specs are now required to pass a certain mark to impact the global environmental laws. Cloud companies are utilising migration and ownership (TCO) is saving up to 30-40%.

Accenture Cloud First advisors want to collaborate with clients on sustainable cloud migrations. They want to inherit the framework to clarify good practices. The company launched the myNav cloud solution with rapid systematic changes in mind to build a fitting solution adequate for business. According to a report by the Business Standard, India’s technology outsourcing industry plummeted by 85 per cent within the 2021 fiscal year.

Accenture report of September 2020 said the cloud migration can help reduce CO2 emission by a great margin. Even companies are achieving great financial and societal benefits by 60 million tons a year emission. It is equivalent to removing 22 million cars off the road.

In the process of carbon emission, Accenture said 10-20% will be saved on cloud footprint, 5-10% on sustainable software engineering and cloud-native application architecture. Compute utilisation which takes up to 35-45% of the energy will be reduced and hardware efficiency will rise by 10-15%. Last but not least, the low CO2 emission will have 10-20% power and cooling efficiency. This data is only for cloud-based sustainability for green motive use cases. Imagine the effect on broader technologies. Global sustainability lead and senior managing director at Accenture Peter Lacy said “sustainable cloud can deliver a double helix effect”. It's very true and the stakeholder value can simultaneously reduce cost alongside carbon emissions.

Infosys received the 2019 UN Global Climate Action awards. It is the only Indian company to win an award that is based in the UN. It didn’t stop there, the 2020 Green Building Leadership award was also warmly received by them during 2020 USGBC.

Green Cloud Advisor establishes a set of baselines for existing and upcoming companies to follow certain ruleset. Accenture report tells us a shift from on-premise data centres to cloud technology in enterprises can lower 65% energy consumption. And as a result, 84% carbon footprint is also cut down. So why migrating to cloud workload shouldn’t be a solution? Even private and public workloads can reduce global emissions achieving great milestones.

Migrating toward a greater cloud can benefit everyone but it has to go through certain footsteps. Once a purpose and sustainable cloud journey begin, infrastructure as a service (IaaS) need to adjust with a major redesign. It will contain sustainable software engineering practices and application optimisation for cloud fabrication. The last step is further innovation and implying financial, environmental, and operational benefits to the greenest cloud.


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