Carbon Reduction Plan
Our commitment to achieving Net Zero in 2022
At UBDS we recognise the urgency in reducing global greenhouse emissions. The next 9 years are pivotal to the future of our planet and our aim is to go beyond carbon neutral.
The below outlines the existing initiatives to track and reduce our carbon emissions. You can also download our full carbon reduction declaration here.
There is more to do, and an initiative is underway to plan and track UBDS becoming carbon negative as an organisation. We are currently agreeing the specific target for this fiscal year and the plan to achieve it.
Scope 1: Direct GHG emissions
- UBDS is a Digital Transformation services organisation with no direct GHG emissions except for company vehicles.
- All UBDS vehicles are electric vehicles and employees track the CO2 impact via Carbon Footprint Calculator and report back monthly.
- UBDS vehicle holders are encouraged to use a renewable energy provider for charging vehicles at home. Vehicles are only provided by exception.
Scope 2: Indirect GHG Emissions
- UBDS utilises the Carbon Footprint Calculator to calculate the volume of indirect emissions produced.
- UBDS has implemented a Hybrid Workforce policy that reduces GHG emissions from the Workplace by 35% and reduces overall emissions by 2% (accounting for employee dwellings).
- UBDS encourages employees and supplies to switch energy providers to renewable energy sources where available.
Scope 3: Value chain GHG Emissions
- UBDS tracks its value chain where possible using the Carbon Footprint Calculator. However, we recognise this is a small proportion of the Public and Private Datacentre usage for the services we implement.
- Where Datacentres remain in operations for our clients we recommend the use of the Microsoft Sustainability Calculator. You can read more about this initiative here.
- We support our clients in assessing Public Cloud Providers carbon footprint and selecting an appropriate provider that will contribute to their GHG reduction targets.
- UBDS’ services primarily utilise Cloud technology and we support organisations in migrating from their datacentres to Cloud. This enables them to exit their Datacentres, which are responsible for 1% of global energy consumption. Migrating to Cloud can reduce the total IT GHG by 6% (which varies greatly depending on the IT estate).
- Hyperscale Cloud Datacentres can achieve an 98% increase in energy efficiency compared to on-premise datacentres. However, this is also impacted by the architecture implemented in the target Cloud provider.
- We support our clients with energy efficient cloud architectures, for example by right-sizing cloud resources and services which are utilised only on-demand through automated spin-up and spin-down.