Climate emergency and tech


The IPCC report Oct 18 makes grim reading - climate change is happening faster than we thought, we have 12 years to reduce emissions drastically to keep global warning to 1.5C. We are on the brink of runaway climate change and “the window of opportunity is nearly closed”.
21 UK councils have declared a climate emergency and committed to zero emissions across the town/city by 2030, scope 1, 2 and 3. This includes tech for all organisations across the city - their own infrastructure, datacentres, SaaS, cloud, manufacturing, disposals, across the entire supply chain. how can they achieve this?
Lots of work has been done on ethical / sustainable supply chain for fashion and food, but not much for tech.
Anyone interested in collaboration in this area?


Yes. I assume @chris et al at would be interested too. See e.g.:


(@chris does that notice at the top of the page need updating? I’ve not had any issues with my 1984 hosting myself)


See you all on the barricades!


Thanks @jdaviescoates, yes that page does need updating.

Although our Sheffield data centre servers (and office) are powered from electricity that we pay Good Energy for I’d like to do more, I’m hoping to have a meeting soon with one of our members, Sheffield Renewables, to discuss the possibility of installing some PV panels on the roof of the data centre to directly power the servers during daylight hours and perhaps store some energy in batteries for other times.

Another of our clients, Carbon3IT offer consultancy services to:

assist companies in reducing the financial and environmental cost of using IT in business. Companies benefit by reducing their energy bills; reducing their carbon footprint; meeting new and upcoming legislation or guidelines and minimising their impact on the environment.



I can recommend the community and activities of as a starting point for tech people looking at how they can get involved with the climate space.



Please count GreenNet in!

I love this refreshing approach in contrast to big tech greenwashing


Thank you everyone who replied and for the links. I have some academic papers in this space, lots of ideas, an unfinished product, 2 case studies (Ecology Building society, Selfridges), some market research, prospects and unfulfilled customers which I can bring to this; I’m sure others also have lots of ideas. What’s the best way to progress this? More posting in this thread, a call (Skype?), some kind of workshop?


What’s the best way to progress this?
Put it on the agenda for Cotech Spring Conference if and when it’s confirmed?


that sounds great, thank you!


I think it is crucial not to forget the fact that the main problem is the extreme inequality and waste generated by capitalism (and of course the, almost un-mentionable, fact that the worlds biggest consumer of fossil fuels is the US military), see for example this 2015 report from Oxfam.


Kevin Anderson, deputy director of the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research has been really good at not losing sight of this, it is really worth listening to his talks and interviews, this is a short summary of where he is coming from published last year:

Some are also starting to ring alarm bells that saving capitalism (not humanity and life on the planet) is the key motivation for some rich people and corporations, see Greenwashing the Climate Catastrophe, published a couple of days ago…