New analysis for France and the UK

Following on from the US specific study launched in June 2011, CDP has developed a new report on the business and environmental benefits of cloud computing in France and the UK. Download the addendum below to see the economy-wide findings.

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New analysis: Paul Dickinson's summary

Paul Dickinson, Executive Chairman of the Carbon Disclosure Project shares his thoughts and talks about the potential of cloud computing in France and the UK.

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Paul Dickinson, Executive Chairman of the Carbon Disclosure Project gives his view on the results of the cloud computing study.

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Cloud Computing – The IT Solution for the 21st Century

A study exploring the business case and carbon emissions reduction potential of using cloud computing as part of the business IT estate.

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Across business, executives are looking for ways in which they can operate more sustainably and thereby increase their competitive edge. Information Communications Technology (ICT) is seen as a key area of focus for achieving sustainability goals. This report shows that business use of cloud computing can play an important role in an organization’s sustainability and IT strategies: improving business process efficiency and flexibility whilst decreasing the emissions of IT operations.

This study used detailed case study evidence from 11 global firms and assessed the financial benefits and potential carbon reductions for a firm opting for a particular cloud computing service. It also demonstrates how projected cloud computing adoption could drive economy-wide business benefits from a financial and carbon reduction perspective in the US.

The results show that by 2020, large U.S. companies that use cloud computing can achieve annual energy savings of $12.3 billion and annual carbon reductions equivalent to 200 million barrels of oil – enough to power 5.7 million cars for one year.

The report also delves into the advantages and potential barriers to cloud computing adoption and gives insights from the multi-national firms that were interviewed.

"A large percentage of global GDP is reliant on ICT – this is a critical issue as we strive to decouple economic growth from emissions growth. The carbon emissions reducing potential of cloud computing is a thrilling breakthrough, allowing companies to maximize performance, drive down costs, reduce inefficiency and minimize energy use – and therefore carbon emissions – all at the same time."

- Paul Dickinson, Executive Chairman, CDP

The research was carried out by independent analyst firm Verdantix

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