We want to be a responsible business. To earn money at the expense of the environment, and subsequently every human being – even those who are not born yet – is not an acceptable course for us. At Capasit, we keep a holistic environmental thinking in all that we do. We call this our environmentality.
When it comes to climate change, it is estimated that the IT business is responsible for 2% of carbon emissions to the atmosphere. It's on par with the aviation industry. And with the growth of IT use in the world, especially where the standard of living is rising, the number is not going anywhere but up. We have a responsibility to keep that number as low as possible.
Amongst other things, we:
- Offset all our energy use according to European averages, even though over 80% of our energy is carbon-neutral hydropower, keeping our power usage carbon negative.
- Use ground-based public transport when possible.
- Replace travel with electronic communication when possible.
- Demand increased goals from our vendors.
- Participate in environmental political activism – possibly the most important thing we do.
Virtualization, consolidation and hardware
Virtualization in itself is an incredibly efficient technology from an energy efficiency point of view. VMWare, for instance, calculates savings of up to 80% by using virtualization. By default, using Capasit saves energy.
Our Sun hardware is industry-leading in energy efficiency. That's good, but we want it to become even better. We'd like a bigger commitment to renewable energy and more activism. As we grow, it will become easier for us to lean pressure on our vendors in order to make both their products and their business life more sustainable.
Virtualization also offers immense consolidation. The amount of data that can be put into a single rack unit just keeps rising. Not only do we save energy from consolidation, we also save manufacturing, packaging, shipping and data center cooling. We want to consolidate as much as we safely can, and will always be on the search for ever denser hardware.
Climate change isn't all there is. The RoHS, for instance, is a good piece of legislation made by the EU, that restricts the use of certain hazardous substances in manufacturing. All our hardware is RoHS-5 compatible, and more and more components get RoHS-6 compatible – which means an extremely limited use of lead in hardware.
We promise to strive for a more sustainable business all the time. We can't promise that we won't make mistakes in the process of getting more environmentally sound, but it will always be on our minds, and we'll take appropriate steps to push things forward. We will not be sitting on the sideline waiting for things to happen, we will push ourselves and our partners and vendors to get better.
If you have suggestions on how we can get better, file a ticket in our support system. It'll get directed to one of us.
Christoffer Torris Olsen
Ole Christian Rynning
Founders of Capasit