UltraHosting's Green Commitment
UltraHosting has partnered with CarbonFund.org to offset our carbon footprint. By choosing to host your website at UltraHosting, you can be confident that your server will have no negative impact on the environment. Offsetting our carbon footprint helps to negate the environmental consequences of running our data centres. You can sleep better at night knowing that when you host with UltraHosting, you're not contributing to the growing threat of global warming.
We have gone even further and abide by CarbonFund.org's philosophy of "Reduce What You Can, Offset What You Can’t.™" by optimising our data centres. As an environmentally responsible organisation, we continue to look for ways to improve our day to day operations in such a way that reduces any further harm done to our planet.
UNDERSTANDING OUR CARBON FOOTPRINT
A carbon footprint is measured by the amount of green house gases produced by burning fossil fuels. All individuals and organisations have one. Part of our carbon footprint is the amount of CO2 emissions that is created through the day-to-day operations of our data centres that use electricity from fossil fuels (i.e. coal, oil, and gas). These fuels release CO2 and other greenhouse gases into the atmosphere.
HOW DOES THE IT INDUSTRY PRODUCE A CARBON FOOTPRINT?
There are a number of ways the IT industry produces a carbon footprint. The electricity used to run servers and personal computers, using old servers, not optimising server spaceunder-utilising hardware, and virtual servers all contribute to a carbon footprint.
Looking at it from a different perspective, the largest IT intensive companies are international financial organisations. These companies generate about 500,000 metric tons of CO2 per year and IT power consumption is responsible for up to 65 percent of that total.
DATA CENTRE OPTIMISATION
We have taken steps in our data centre optimisation strategy to reduce our power consumption and carbon emissions.
Part of our data centre optimisation strategies focus on the convergence of resources (data centres, servers, storage, networks, business applications, infrastructure products) along with actions (refresh, consolidate, retire or virtualise.)
Through these data centre optimisation efforts, and by partnering with CarbonFund.org, we are taking the necessary steps to reduce our carbon footprint. This demonstrates our commitment to greener hosting operations and erases the effects our business might otherwise have had on the environment.
To find out more about the CarbonFund.org, please visit their site at www.carbonfund.org.