In one of Cloud & 5G LIVE’s most highly-anticipated sessions, Melanie Benham, Solution Engineering Director Cloud Systems West Europe at Oracle and Isabelle Kemlin, Vice Chair Of The Board at Swedish Data Center Industry Association and Business and Innovation Executive at the Research Institutes of Sweden (RISE) sat down with stage host Neil Perry to share their collective expertise and delve into the intricate and intersection of cloud computing and environmental responsibility.
Strong ESG advocates, their talk revolved around strategies for reducing carbon footprints, optimising energy usage and promoting sustainable practices within cloud infrastructure.
The Cloud & Sustainability Forum with Melanie Benham, Solution Engineering Director Cloud Systems West Europe at Oracle and Isabelle Kemlin, Vice Chair Of The Board at Swedish Data Center Industry Association
Highlighting how, in the UN’s words, sustainability means “meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs”, Benham advocated for how cloud computing can create a sustainable future by providing organisations with efficient and flexible ways to scale compute resources based on demand. This, in turn, reduces energy consumption and an organisation’s carbon footprint.
Kemlin added that data centres should be highlighted as the heart of digital infrastructure, with facilities themselves not the core of energy efficiency problems but the content they facilitate.
“It’s all about control, and we can’t control what we can’t measure,” Benham added. She also called for more efficient cooling systems and energy saving measures to be put in place, and shared that organisations can collaborate on energy efficient strategies to improve sustainable output. With both speakers stressing the importance of partnerships and communication, audience members benefited from insights into sustainability and ESG.
“It’s imperative that we work with partners and suppliers to be on the forefront of this,” Benham continued. “You don't want to be behind with regulation. We need to work together. This is a journey to the cloud.
“There’s lots we can do now to get our house in order for that move to the cloud where there are additional benefits to the environment”
Kemlin added: “We are part of digital infrastructure which is an enabler for a lot of sustainable applications, making others’ lives so much better. Data centres have bad reputation, but we need to show decision makers and stakeholders and private persons that this comes down to each and every one of us.”
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