Cloud can reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 95 percent

by CXOtoday News Desk    Jul 03, 2013


A report released by Global e-Sustainability Initiative (GeSI), has revealed that cloud computing services can reduce the dependance on energy and save over US$2.2 billion. Saroj Kar in his blog on writes about how the study entitled “The Enabling Technologies of a Low-Carbon Economy a Focus on Cloud Computing” released by a research team from Harvard University, Imperial College and Reading University, sponsored by Microsoft Europe and GeSI has proved, cloud computing has the power to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 95 percent.

The study was conducted in eleven countries and reported cloud-based email, customer relationship management and groupware solutions in public and private organizations can reduce energy consumption annually by over 80 percent. In 2012, GeSI published the SMARTer2020 study that found that large-scale, systems-enabled broadband and information and communication technologies could deliver a 16.5 percent reduction in global greenhouse gas emissions and save up to US $1.9 trillion in savings by 2020.

However, the study warns that there will be barriers to the wise scale penetration of cloud, such as policy based uncertainty and commercial uncertainty that delay adoption could reduce the GHG abatement potential of cloud by 50 percent.

Business leaders and policy makers should step up and create an environment to secure energy efficiency, support the growth of early markets and stimulate the invention of new enabling technologies.