Our Green Credentials
Everything we do – from paying our taxes to offering carbon neutral cloud services– can be traced back to our commitment to do the right thing
The first UK-based tech company to be awarded the Social Value Quality (SVQ) Mark
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.
Carbon Neutral 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.
Carbon Reduction Plans
UKCloud is committed to reducing all forms of carbon emissions throughout its operations – and through our CarbonNeutral Company and CarbonNeutral Cloud Services status – are actively engaged in validated carbon offset activities for any residual carbon footprint. In accordance with UK Government requirement PPN 06/21, UKCloud published annual Carbon Reduction Plans, which can be reviewed using the links below.
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Offsetting our carbon emissions
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.
Extending the benefits to our customers
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.
“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. We’re delighted to extend this commitment to sustainable technology by becoming the first to provide carbon negative cloud services to the UK public sector.”
Director of Compliance and IA, UKCloud
Leading by example
Every organisation in the world has a moral obligation to do whatever they can to reduce its carbon footprint. And UKCloud has long recognised this. Since 2011, we have engaged Natural Capital Partners to independently certify our cloud services as Carbon Neutral. However, we didn’t stop there. Since this initial commitment, UKCloud has become “carbon negative”, following our recent investment in CoForest, a new carbon offsetting forest near Bath.