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Indian Companies Can Cut Carbon Emissions by 80% if They Move to Cloud

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Indian companies and public sector organizations that migrated workloads from on-premises data centers to cloud infrastructure could reduce their energy use and associated carbon footprint by nearly 80 percent; a new report showed on Wednesday.

As top Cloud vendors aim to cut carbon footprint for a green future, the report, commissioned by Amazon Web Services (AWS) that, is leading the efforts towards reducing carbon footprints, found that cloud service providers that tap into the local renewable energy market to run their operations in India can further boost carbon emissions savings.

“With India’s vibrant startup ecosystem already pioneering low carbon solutions, it is imperative that enterprises, public sector organizations, and policymakers factor in sustainability as a critical part of their cloud migration decisions,” said Puneet Chandok, President of Commercial Business – AWS India and South Asia, AISPL.

“I invite companies and organizations in India to join us in ‘The Climate Pledge’, committing to regular reporting, carbon elimination, and credible offsets, on a journey to becoming net-zero carbon by 2040,” Chandok added.

The report by 451 Research, a unit of S&P Global Market Intelligence, estimated that if just 25 percent of the 1,200 largest publicly-traded businesses in India put one megawatt (MW) of compute workload into the cloud, powered by renewable energy, it would save the equivalent of a year’s worth of emissions from 160,000 Indian households.

“As data center activity continues to surge in India, so will energy consumption, which will make energy efficiency a focal point in the market,” said Kelly Morgan, Research Director, Datacenter Infrastructure and Services at 451 Research.

AWS said its server systems are designed for power optimization and use the latest component technology. AWS is also innovating the design of cooling systems to reduce water use and utilizes real-time sensor data to adapt to changing weather conditions.

“At AWS, we are also working closely with customers to help them meet their own sustainability goals using cloud technology and driving innovation in low carbon solutions,” said Ken Haig, Head of Energy Policy, Asia Pacific and Japan, AWS.

AWS was the leading cloud service provider in the second quarter, accounting for 31 percent of total spend after growing 37 percent on an annual basis, a new report by market research firm Canalys has shown.

On electric mobility, Amazon India has also committed to including 10,000 electric vehicles in its delivery fleet by 2025, an integral milestone on the decarbonization journey.


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