The Environmental Impact of Moving to Microsoft Azure

Jan 24, 2023

Cloud computing is quickly becoming one of the most important advancements for modern businesses. With no signs of slowing down, the benefits of Cloud-based systems cannot be overstated.

One of the most significant benefits of Cloud computing is its environmental impact on your business. With the ever-looming threat of ‘climate catastrophe’ and a massive push for companies to go ‘green,’ Cloud computing is a major way for companies to begin pushing the envelope in this regard.

The environmental impact of technology cannot be ignored and that any way to reduce this effect is a positive thing for your company and the world at large.
That is why in this article, we are going to look at the environmental benefits of Cloud computing, and how your company can get started with Microsoft Azure today!

The Growing Importance of Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG)

Investing in ‘Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) is becoming important for many companies:

  • Environmental: The impact of your company on the environment.
  • Social: The impact of your company on the people around you and the people within it (e.g. employees).
  • Governance: The governance of your company, or more specifically how ethically the company is running.

As companies become more socially responsible, ESG is becoming a key factor in how those companies are run. Large or small, organisations are finding that ESG is key to both increasing their reputation and attracting both new customers and employees. This in turn nurtures growth.

Microsoft has led the charge of environmental awareness, pledging to be ‘carbon-negative by 2050’. Whilst a massive undertaking, companies like Microsoft are finding that they have the power to make a positive change for the environmental sustainability and climate awareness.

With large companies like Microsoft taking the charge and becoming environmentally conscious, companies are finding it far more important to examine their environmental impact and improve their sustainability.

ESG also creates value for your company too. McKinsey found that companies with ESG targets had more growth and positive effects on companies and that it is becoming integral to any company in the modern day.

With so many benefits, there is no question that any company must focus on ESG. Rather than fall behind and let your company’s growth stunt and reputation dwindle, looking at ESG can be a way to breathe new life into your company. By doing so, you can not only help your company, but also the world around you.

How Cloud computing Can Reduce Your Environmental Impact

Higher Utilisation Rate

Cloud computing significantly increases utilisation rates, due to higher productivity and workflow. This is great, as higher utilisation means more energy saved which saves costs and lessens the environmental impact of your energy consumption.

Furthermore, a higher utilisation rate also means that you are spending less time running physical hardware as you can log out of a virtual instance when finished. On-premises hardware will usually need to be constantly supported to be effective for your whole institution.

Improve Efficiency

Cloud computing is incredibly efficient. With Microsoft Azure’s commitment to sustainability — saying that moving to Azure can “reduce your carbon footprint up to 98%” — their push for sustainable data centres has become clear.

Microsoft states that their Cloud is ‘between 22 and 93 per cent more energy efficient than traditional enterprise data centres’. For any company with an on-prem infrastructure, that is a huge shift towards becoming more environmentally sustainable as a company.

Powered By Renewable Energy

Microsoft has said that Azure will be running on 100% renewable energy by 2025. Whilst this is a large undertaking, it is already far better than most on-prem solutions, which run on mains electricity for most organisations.

Furthermore, Microsoft not only fuels Azure with renewable energy but also has partnered with solar farms in Virginia to propel the green revolution into full force, creating jobs and growth in the green industry. Not only does this help with your environmental commitments to green usage, but also means that any money put into Azure is investing in green initiatives and the growth of sustainability.

Cost-Effective Energy Innovations

Microsoft not only wants to help lead the green revolution, but also innovate their technology to the next level of sustainability. By using Azure as a Cloud-based solution, this innovation is at your disposal.

Azure provides a wealth of tools to be able to run your business on your terms, and that does not end with sustainability. With water-cooled AI (Artificial Intelligence) options and a switch from diesel to a less-carbon-intensive backup generator fuel, Microsoft continues to push the envelope to allow your business to become as sustainable as possible.

Become Environmentally Equipped with Microsoft Azure

Environmental awareness and ESG are becoming increasingly important in our modern, environmentally conscious world. Cloud-based computing is one of the best ways you can reduce your company’s environmental impact.

By investing in a Cloud-based solution, you both reduce costs and reduce carbon emissions — both of which contribute to your company’s overall growth and profitability. Also, doing better for the planet is a fantastic way for your company to increase its reputation in the public eye.
Are you ready to improve your company’s environmental impact and help your organisation grow and prosper? Get in touch today and see how HAYNE Cloud can help.