What is carbon offsetting?

The amount of carbon dioxide released into the atmosphere (during energy generation) is calculated and an investment is made in a scheme that removes the same amount of carbon dioxide from the air. Because trees absorb carbon dioxide as they grow, they are often used as a means of capturing carbon dioxide, but there are […]Read More »

What is a datacentre?

Datacentres are buildings specifically designed to house computers. They are often out of the public eye, but increasingly large in size. They are the fastest growing source of IT energy use. These buildings house the internet, business and telecommunications systems, and store the bulk of our data. The US hosts approximately 40% of the world’s […]Read More »

How much energy does a website use?

Wissner-Gross estimates that every second someone spends browsing a simple website, roughly 20 milligrams of C02 are generated. So for every minute, that’s the same amount of carbon dioxide produced when making a cup of tea. Whether downloading a song, sending an email or streaming a video, almost every single activity that takes place in […]Read More »

What’s the difference between zero-carbon and carbon neutral?

Zero-carbon hosting means that the servers are run using electricity using energy generated from renewables like solar and wind power. Carbon neutral hosting means that servers use conventionally generated electricity, but that the amount of carbon dioxide (the main greenhouse gas causing climate change) produced during that process is calculated and off-set – investment is […]Read More »