Environmental & Energy Efficiency Standards
Climate change has never been higher on corporate or government agendas but more importantly a concern of our own. Engagement is inevitable whether voluntary, or through regulations or tax changes. Telecoms Cloud is a large energy consumer using energy to power its cloud, network and offices.
Our vision is to help tackle climate change through the innovative use of communications products. We aim to lower the carbon intensity of our networks and to help our customers reduce their footprint.
Our strategy is therefore about cutting carbon by;
- Reducing our own carbon footprint wherever we can
- Influencing and inspiring our customers and suppliers to reduce their carbon footprints
- Engaging with our employees to help reduce their personal footprints
We have reduced our own footprint in the UK by 91% per cent since 1997. We were the first in the UK to have a carbon neutral data centre and the first to invest in renewable technologies that powered our data centre completely during off-peak periods. We were also the first to use hydrogen powered fuel cells for primary power in a data centre environment, so we like to think we’re on the right track, being much more responsible compared to many of our competitors out there.
Our private cloud configuration is spread across a number of geographical, political and economic areas and is built to give the maximum functionality for our customers whilst using very low energy compared to the traditional way of providing the same services through telephone exchanges and telephone systems. We use an extreme configuration of high density virtual environments, with maximum efficiency that are designed to use up every bit of energy we take from the national grid.
Some of our products, such as our conferencing service, are designed both to lower costs and help others reduce their own carbon footprint. During the last 10 years, we’ve helped our customers save over 1.5m tonnes of carbon emissions and continue to add to this figure daily.
Data centres used by the Telecoms Cloud network hold, as a minimum, ISO standards 14001 and 50001 for Environmental Management and Energy Management.