Hyderabad: Indian companies and public sector organisations that migrated computing workloads from on-premises data centres to cloud infrastructure could expect to reduce their energy use and associated carbon footprint by nearly 80 per cent, according to the findings of the Carbon Reduction Opportunity of Moving to the Cloud for APAC report by 451 Research, a unit of S&P Global Market Intelligence.
451 Research surveyed over 500 private and public sector organisations across Asia Pacific (APAC), spanning a variety of industries across India, Australia, Japan, Singapore, and South Korea. The report, commissioned by AWS, which includes over 100 survey respondents in India, 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.
451 Research estimates that if just 25 per cent 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 1,60,000 Indian households.
“Customers in APAC who move compute workloads to the AWS Cloud can significantly reduce their carbon footprint, benefiting from the net effect of all our sustainability efforts,” said Ken Haig, head, Energy Policy, Asia Pacific and Japan, AWS.
“Apart from maximising efficiency of our operations to reduce the amount of energy needed to power our data centres, we’re also working towards procuring 100 per cent renewable energy for our worldwide energy needs by 2030 and are on a path to reach that milestone early by 2025,” Haig added.
Puneet Chandok, president, Commercial Business – AWS India and South Asia, AISPL said, “With India’s vibrant startup ecosystem already pioneering low carbon solutions, it is imperative that enterprises, public sector organisations, and policy makers factor in sustainability as a critical part of their cloud migration decisions. AWS’s commitment to fulfilling our net carbon neutrality goals in India includes initiatives in infrastructure efficiency, renewable energy, water sustainability, electric mobility, sustainable packaging, and building awareness through community engagement.”
On electric mobility, Amazon India has committed to include 10,000 electric vehicles in its delivery fleet by 2025. The company has been working with several Indian OEMs to build a fleet of vehicles that ensure sustainable and safe deliveries of customer orders.
Several sustainable packaging efforts have been introduced over the last year including India-first initiatives such as packaging-free shipping and the elimination of 100 per cent single-use plastic in packaging from fulfilment centres. Amazon is also the world’s largest corporate buyer of renewable energy with 232 wind and solar projects globally.
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