Carbon Reduction Plan

Commitment to achieving Net Zero

Databarracks Ltd is committed to achieving Net Zero emissions by 2050.

Baseline emissions footprint

Baseline emissions are a record of the greenhouse gases that have been produced in the past and were produced prior to the introduction of any strategies to reduce emissions. Baseline emissions are the reference point against which emissions reduction can be measured.

Baseline year: September 2022 - August 2023
Additional details relating to the baseline emissions calculations
Our baseline year ran from September 2022 to August 2023. The emissions figures were assessed by our external environmental consultancy, Carbon Footprint Ltd, using a process aligned with ISO14064-1, Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Protocol, and which follows UK Government Guidelines for reporting GHG emissions. We completed a target setting project using these baseline figures and defined our reduction targets based on the outcome of the project as detailed below.
Baseline year emissions:
Scope 1 0
Scope 2 7.44
Scope 3 731.48
Total emissions 738.92

Carbon Neutrality

It should be noted that we procure an appropriate Verified Carbon Standard (VCS) carbon offsetting project annually to offset our calculated emissions and ensure a carbon neutral stance while we implement our reduction strategies.

Emissions reduction targets

In order to continue our progress to achieving Net Zero, we have implemented the following carbon reduction activities.

  • Changing to a fully renewable energy source in our offices as soon as our current supply contract ends in 2024, this will reduce our emissions by 7.44 tCO2e by 2025
  • Our primary source of emissions is the Microsoft Azure cloud environment. They are committing to:
    • 100% renewable energy by 2025
    • Water positive by 2030 - replenish more water than we consume by 2030
    • Zero-waste - certification by 2030
    • Net-zero - deforestation from new construction (See Azure sustainability overview)
  • This will reduce our own emissions by 94.89 tCO2 by 2025.
  • Decommissioning one of our legacy data centres, which will reduce our emissions by 17.42 tCO2e by 2025

We project that carbon emissions will decrease by 50% between now and 2030, and by 90% before 2050.

Our targets can be seen in the graph below, it will be updated annually to show our progress against the targets as each assessment is completed:

Target emissions graph

Carbon reduction projects

Completed carbon reduction initiatives

We engaged Carbon Footprint Ltd to assist with our environmental assessments, they analysed the information we provided (using the GHG Protocol Corporate Standard) and have underwritten the results in a report which is available for inspection if required. They also assisted us to define our route to becoming Carbon Net Zero by facilitating a Target Setting Workshop in April 2024. The results of that workshop were used to formulate the plan summarised above.

All our – current – emissions have been offset through a number of projects which are all certified to the Verified Carbon Standard and we have consequently been issued a Carbon Neutrality Certificate.
In the future we hope to implement further measures such as:

  • We are already in the process of decommissioning one of our legacy data centres but we’re also migrating another legacy data centre to another location and installing systems that allow us to monitor and manage power usage in a much more granular fashion than previously, equipment is also being replaced with newer, more energy efficient, systems.
  • Wherever possible, we’re locating new client systems in Microsoft Azure so they will also benefit from Microsoft’s drive to Net Zero.

Declaration and sign off

This Carbon Reduction Plan has been completed in accordance with PPN 06/21 and associated guidance and reporting standard for Carbon Reduction Plans.

The assessment was carried out using the Greenhouse Gas Protocol Corporate and Value Chain Standards. The organisation has accounted for all quantified GHG emissions and/or removals from facilities over which it has financial control. The assessment covers the reporting boundaries in line with the GHG Protocol Corporate standard.

This Carbon Reduction Plan has been reviewed and signed off by the board of directors.

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