Our approach to sustainability and environmental responsibility is directed by a clear strategy, which is embedded within our organisation. Most of our activities have been assessed as having a minimal effect upon the environment, however where they do, we are committed to act responsibly and fully address this impact.
UKCloud’s services are CarbonNeutral® cloud services. We achieved this certification by working with Natural Capital Partners to measure and reduce our CO2 emissions across all sources used to deliver our cloud services to our customers. These include direct emissions from all owned or leased stationary sources that use fossil fuels and/or emit fugitive emissions, and emissions from the generation of purchased electricity and steam (including transmission and distribution losses) to power our servers.
For our cloud services to achieve CarbonNeutral® status, an independent assessment of the CO2 emissions produced from direct and indirect sources required to deliver them was carried out, followed by an offset-inclusive emissions reduction programme.
This means that for every tonne of greenhouse gas emissions we produce in delivering cloud services, we buy a verified carbon offset which guarantees that an equivalent amount of greenhouse gas emissions is reduced from the atmosphere through a renewable energy or clean technology project.
Monthly carbon offset certificates
Our customers receive a monthly carbon offset certificate. This confirms that an independent greenhouse gas assessment has been conducted, and that the carbon emissions which have resulted from their consumption of cloud services have been reduced to net zero by us through verified, high-quality carbon credits, at no extra cost to the customer.
We are the first to provide a carbon negative cloud services in the UK
UKCloud is now deepening its commitment to sustainable technology by providing carbon negative cloud services at no extra cost to public sector organisations.
Every organisation in the world has a moral obligation to do whatever they can to reduce their carbon footprint to net zero as soon as possible. UKCloud has long recognised this, and since 2011 we have engaged Natural Capital Partners to independently certify our cloud services as Carbon Neutral. UKCloud has extended this commitment to sustainable technology by becoming the first to provide carbon negative cloud services to the UK public sector. This means UKCloud now goes beyond just offsetting the carbon we are using but offsetting more carbon than is being produced.