Record number of Australian firms aiming to be carbon neutral

By Galia Ilan

A record number of companies in Australia are currently trying to achieve carbon neutrality, according to ABC News.

Environmental Department figures suggest a 30% increase in the number of firms voluntarily receiving carbon neutral certification in 2018.

Contributing to the growing number of businesses are data companies, which use enormous amount of energy to power data centres.

It has been forecast that the computing industry could consume half of the world’s energy demand by 2030, stated in the ‘On Global Electricity Usage of Communication Technology: Trends to 2030’ report.

In Australia, data centres use the same amount of power as 28mn average homes.


The largest operator of data centres in the country, NextDC, achieved carbon neutrality in 2018.

“Whether that’s the photos that you store, traffic systems allowing the city to work, train systems, medical information – everything we do is increasingly dependent on servers that are ‘in the cloud’. And those servers sit in data centres,” stated Simon Cooper, Chief Operating Officer at NextDC, ABC News reported.

The company will soon offer companies using cloud computing at its centre the option to use carbon neutral space.

“If everyone hosting servers in [our existing] Sydney data centre bought carbon neutral server space, that would be the equivalent to about 10,000 typical homes doing the same,” Cooper added.


Featured Articles

How India is bucking the global dealmaking downturn

M&A deal volume and value reach record highs in India in 2022, despite slower dealmaking globally – as scope activity and acquisitions in renewables surge

Create C-suite space for the Chief Transformation Officer

Responsible for driving growth and change, the Chief Transformation Officer is the latest addition to the C-suite as business undergoes major change

12 AI predictions for the enterprise in 2023 – Dataiku

With 2023 likely to be a huge year for AI, experts from AI platform provider Dataiku deliver their enterprise AI and ML trends for the year ahead

Welcome to the new breed of private members' clubs

Leadership & Strategy

Welcome to the New Age of the CISO

Leadership & Strategy

Making the UAE the world’s strongest digital fortress