Manchester tech firm agrees green targets


Cloud technology firm UKFast has committed to investing in new technologies and efficient systems to meet stringent emissions targets under a government-backed scheme for data centres.

The firm, which provides hosting services to thousands of organisations, has agreed to targets under the government’s Climate Change Agreement (CCA) scheme, which is administered for data centres by the sector’s industry body, techUK.

CCAs enable companies in more than 50 industry sectors to receive a discount on the Climate Change Levy (CCL) tax added to their energy bills, in return for hitting voluntary emissions targets.

For UKFast, the move reflects a decade-long commitment to reducing emissions. According to the firm, it was the first carbon neutral hosting company in the UK, contributing to a number of hydropower renewable energy schemes.

While web hosting is an energy-intensive industry, well-planned layouts and engineering in data centres ensures minimal wastage. For example, using the right ratio of cooling to levels of heat output keeps temperature levels constant rather than allowing wasteful peaks and troughs.

Designing for energy efficiency

“We’re incredibly proud to commit to this agreement to show our ongoing dedication to carbon reduction. There’s no denying how power-hungry the hosting industry is, which is why it is our responsibility to ensure that it has the lowest possible impact on the environment,” explained UKFast chief executive, Lawrence Jones.

“We are committed to reducing our emissions and buying all of our energy from renewable sources. We are also investing in new technologies and efficient systems across UKFast and delivering greater energy efficiency is a key part of our roadmap for the coming years.

“Our data centres are designed to be as efficient as possible, and we continue to embrace emerging technology to increase that efficiency year on year. Our newest data centre, MaNOC 8, is our greenest data centre yet, with super-efficient UPS, AC power supply and generators. All of the lighting in the facility is LED, which uses significantly less energy.”

Posted under Carbon Reduction and Creative and Digital Industries on 6 March 2019