Data Centers and Sustainability: Navigating the Energy Challenge for a Greener Future

The data centre community, with its immense energy demands, is at the forefront of this challenge. To shed light on this pressing issue, Digital Infra Network sat down for an exclusive interview with Marc Garner, Senior VP at Schneider Electric. Addressing a range of topics, the discussion delved into how the data centre industry is […]

Environmental sustainability solutions for manufacturers

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SBTi pledge aims to aide manufacturers’ sustainability goals in product dematerialisation and manufacturing efficiency. PTC has signed the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) commitment letter, pledging both near-term emissions reductions and long-term net-zero targets. “PTC’s SBTi commitment is rooted in our belief that it’s the right thing to do as we consider the impacts of […]

Bioenergy in the UK’s path to net zero

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As the UK moves closer to its 2050 net zero target, it is becoming increasingly critical that we accelerate investment into stable, renewable energy solutions. While the Energy and Climate Intelligence Unit (ECIU) has recently reported that for the first time ever investments in fossil fuel projects have begun to be overtaken by renewable energy […]

Employee demand for workplace sustainability learning content on the rise

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With millennials and Gen Z driving the sustainability conversation, people across the world are feeling the effects of the climate crisis – and are determined to do something about it. Views on climate change, environmental impact, and sustainability are now being carried into the workplace and influencing employee decisions – according  to research from IBM, […]

Voices need to be heard across the entire value chain to transform the food system

Claire Benson, founder and director at SDG Changemakers explains why transforming our food system needs more collaboration and careful consideration of those involved For the first time in the history of climate talks, a presidency has dedicated an entire day to “Adaptation and Agriculture”. And it is more important now than ever. We are facing […]

COP 27: A timely reminder of the urgent need to decarbonise the built environment

Kevin Mcguane, energy services director, DMA Group believes that COP27 should serve as a wake-up call for governments and the entire building sector Our news agendas are currently dominated by the conflict in Ukraine and how it has turbocharged an acute energy availability and affordability crisis. Businesses and consumers are feeling the pinch. With energy […]

The power of one in the battle against climate change

Mitakshi Sirsi, director of sustainability at Will+Partners explains why individual action has a crucial role to play in our quest to achieve a net-zero future Earlier this month, it was disenchanting to see COP27 open in a luxury resort town, backed by questionable sponsors, a large increase in delegates from the fossil fuel industry, and […]

A defining moment in the fight against climate change, time for action on the ground

Dr Bruce Lascelles, president of British Society of Soil Science explains that a key solution has been right under our noses, and feet, the entire time: soil. Science has established beyond doubt that the window for action is closing rapidly. As the 27th Conference of the Parties of the UNFCCC (COP27) in Egypt, Sharm El-Sheikh comes […]

Net zero is not good enough – we need to be nature positive

Ruth Murray, associate director of sustainable infrastructure at Gresham House outlines the importance of biodiversity on the journey to a net-zero future All eyes are on net zero – from governments at COP27 to corporations making pledges. Climate change poses an existential threat. But this is only one half of the equation. Nature has subsidised […]

COP27 makes positive progress but small steps are not enough

Joseph Lewis, policy lead at Institution of Environmental Sciences argues that we need a transformational approach to achieve our sustainability goals A year ago, COP26 was supposed to be a make-or-break moment for climate action. As the Institution for Environmental Sciences published its Manifesto for Transformative Change, we said that the decisions we make “will […]

Waste plastic can become the sustainable future of road surfaces

Toby McCartney, CEO and co-founder at MacRebur explains how plastic can be turned into a material to pave our roads instead of beings sent to landfill Did you know that 55 per cent of the UK’s plastic ends up in landfill? In fact, every single piece of plastic ever created is still here on earth […]

Carbon capture and storage holds the key to a low carbon future

Glynn Williams, CEO at Silixa argues that CCS is vital to a low carbon future but requires investment and regulatory framework to make it a reality When we engage with the overriding messages from the environmental groups, we hear an argument that the fossil fuel sector and industrial sectors that emit carbon are the enemy. […]

Climate anxiety is causing cognitive exhaustion in the workplace

Cara de Lange, founder of Softer Success explains why burnt-out people burn out the planet We are living in a fear-based world, where burnout and trauma are on the rise. Recent research by Sheffield University has revealed that a new trauma-infused burnout is arising, and Imperial College London has found eco-anxiety is on the rise. […]

Offsetting must be used as a last resort on the journey to net zero

Sophie Haas, head of sustainable investing at JP Morgan explains the need for incentives and investments into both mature and innovative solutions to achieve net zero The planet is in a critical phase and will require radical reform if we are to remain below the 1.5⁰C warming threshold. Decarbonisation must happen at an accelerated pace, […]

Why data centres are crucial to tackle net zero

Marc Garner, VP secure power division and major pursuits team, Schneider Electric UK & Ireland explains how data centres are becoming a key part of the solution to the energy crisis Today there is a growing energy crisis across Ireland. Data centres have been positioned as large consumers of power, causing potential disruption to consumer […]

Why we must tackle our aversion to energy efficiency to achieve net zero

Don McLean, founder and CEO at IES argues that the focus should be on increasing our renewable assets rather than taking a long-term punt on oil and gas On the surface, it is easy to see why the current energy crisis has led governments to resort to short-term measures to address the sky-rocketing price of […]

Effective use of data is crucial to improving the water usage for industrial operations

Jane Ren, CEO at Atomiton, explains that there are technologies available to drastically improve water usage Water touches every aspect of development and livelihoods, and it links with nearly every Sustainable Development Goal (SDG). It drives economic growth, supports healthy ecosystems, and is essential and fundamental for life itself. So proclaims the preamble to the […]

Passing time adds to the cost of responding to climate change

Sophie Haas, head of sustainable investing at JP Morgan explains why climate change will not be stopped without serious climate financing. At a time when extreme weather events are increasing in size and scale, the need for public and private financing in the transition to net-zero has never been more pressing. The last eight years […]

The healthcare sector can pave the way to green technology

Lucy Symons-Jones, director of net zero at Lexica explains why the UK public sector is where clean technology can prove itself before it can be scaled down to serve our homes and businesses. The energy crisis has highlighted, more than ever, the urgent need to get off of gas and move public sector organisations over […]

Misconceptions that the paper industry is the enemy of forests

Simon Pilkington is Director of Fedrigoni UK argues that the paper industry gets treated unfairly when its sustainability credentials are discussed This year’s COP27 occurs against a backdrop of war, extreme weather conditions, rising energy prices and great political and economic instability. The human cost has never been more palpable. Sentiments have been divisive, ambivalent […]