Green Data: Sustainability starts with your data

August 16 2021

Climate protection has become one of the most important issues of our time - and that's a good thing! Because if we don't all get involved, the destruction of our planet will continue unabated. This must not happen and therefore it is up to each and every one of us as well as companies worldwide to do their utmost, for example, to reduce the CO2 footprint. There are now various ways and approaches to do this - Green Data is one of them.

Office 21 is a research project of the Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Engineering IAO, which is investigating, among other things, how the working world and processes can be designed in an environmentally friendly way and what the office infrastructure of tomorrow should look like. The keyword here is green office. This refers to offices whose buildings and IT, as well as the behavior of employees, are geared toward sustainability and environmental protection.

Offices must become more sustainable in all areas

But how can companies achieve this? Some measures are easier to implement than others, of course. The COVID 19 pandemic, for example, has shown that many meetings also work very well as videoconferences, making it easy to reduce the number of business trips. In order to minimize paper consumption, it may take a change in mindset among the workforce in some places, but if everyone gets on board, a nearly paperless office is entirely possible. Green buildings, where sustainability is the guiding principle throughout the entire life cycle, can't be built overnight, of course. But if you're in the process of planning a new office building, it's a concept you should consider. And for everyone else, green power can already be a step in the right direction.

There are also plenty of opportunities for companies to go greener in their IT infrastructure. For example, before purchasing new hardware, they can first check how sustainable its manufacture and design are. But reducing CO2 emissions also plays an important role. In Germany, each person produces 12 tons of CO2 every year, much more than the climate-friendly 2 tons. 850 kilograms are generated by information technology alone - this figure urgently needs to be reduced. For private individuals, this can mean not buying the latest smartphone every year or cutting back on video streaming a little. Companies can start with their data in particular and introduce the green data concept.

Benefits for business and the environment

Data exists in large quantities in every organization today - and new data is being added every day. It is therefore no wonder that many lack an accurate overview of what data they have in the first place. One consequence of this is that much of this stored data is ROT data - data that is redundant, obsolete or trivial. On the one hand, this costs money unnecessarily; on the other, it also leads to the data centers in which the data is stored emitting ever greater amounts of CO2.

This is where Green Data comes in: In order to act in the most environmentally friendly way possible, data that is no longer needed or exists in multiple places should be consistently deleted. This sounds simple at first, but in reality it is a challenge that should not be underestimated due to the large volumes of data. Searching databases manually and deleting the corresponding data is extremely time-consuming, but it can be done depending on the size of the company. However, at the latest for unstructured data hidden in text files, presentations or e-mails, you need a different method.

Our Data Mastery Platform helps you with this task. The heart of the solution is the Deep Intelligence Engine, the intelligent search engine that reads all company data and allows you to delete superfluous data simply with a mouse click. This allows you to save costs and unleash the full potential of your data, while reducing your company's CO2 consumption.

Want concrete figures on how much data and CO2 your company can save? Find out with our Aparavi Data Advisor: all you have to do is specify the number of your employees, the storage type of your data and your industry. At a glance you can see the amount of data your company has, how much of it is not needed and how many tons of CO2 emissions you could avoid by deleting it.

Patrizia Zass
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