KEFLAVIK, Iceland, June 25, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Verne Global, the environmentally smart data center developer, has today announced that Climate Action is now hosting its email systems at Verne Global's renewable-powered data center in Iceland.
Climate Action is a leading sustainable development organisation, working in partnership with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) – the world's foremost body on environmental protection and stewardship. Climate Action establishes and builds partnerships between business, government and public bodies to accelerate international sustainable development and advance the 'green economy'. Climate Action does this by providing a global media and events platform across which stakeholders share knowledge, technologies and expertise, identifying solutions to the challenges faced by climate change and a growing population.
"As an organisation that has worked in partnership with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) for the last six years, and advocated the need for greater sustainability within international business, it is important that we ensure our own activities are as green as they can be," said Adam Nethersole, Director at Climate Action. "It was an easy choice for us to move our email hosting to Verne Global's facility in Iceland. The move was simple and ensures that all our future communications are powered sustainably, further reducing our carbon footprint."
Climate Action is hosting its email with cloud and managed services company, Opin Kerfi, which is a Verne Global partner and HP distributor in Iceland. "Organisations like Climate Action are realising that they can easily strip carbon from their operations by moving applications such as email to renewable-energy powered cloud services," said Gunnar Gudjonsson, CEO of Opin Kerfi. "Our job is to help firms make this transition as simple and hassle-free as possible."
With electricity consumption by European data centers rising by 63 per cent in 2012*, and research from analyst house Gartner anticipating that, by 2015, the prices for 80 per cent of cloud services will include a global energy surcharge, more businesses are demanding sustainable, long term solutions for their hosting requirements.
"We are pleased to have the Climate Action group in our facility and applaud them for setting the example of hosting their email applications at our campus," said CEO Jeff Monroe at Verne Global. "Adopting these business practices enables companies to reduce or completely eliminate pollution associated with rising needs for computing power."
Climate Action has produced a video interview with Verne Global, discussing carbon neutral solutions for the data centre industry: http://www.climateactionprogramme.org/climate-leader-videos/verne_global_sustainable_innovation_expo_2013/
About Climate Action
Established in 2007 and headquartered in London, UK, Climate Action has, for the last six years, worked in a unique, contractual partnership with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) – the world's foremost body on environmental protection and stewardship. Climate Action establishes and builds partnerships between business, government and public bodies to accelerate international sustainable development and advance the 'green economy'. We do this by providing a global media and events platform across which stakeholders can share knowledge, technologies and expertise, and identify innovative solutions to the challenges faced by climate change and a growing population. For more information, please visit: http://www.climateactionprogramme.org
About Opin Kerfi
Opin Kerfi has consistently and successfully provided innovative and efficient services to its clients, focusing on consultation, integration, operations and solutions within IT, communications and the newly emerging data center sector in Iceland. Opin Kerfi is a HP Gold Partner and the sole distribution and support centre for HP in Iceland. Opin Kerfi is a certified Cisco Silver Partner, and as both a Microsoft Distribution Partner and Microsoft Gold Partner, it is the largest combined sales and support partner for Microsoft products and solutions in Iceland. For more information, please visit: http://www.ok.is
About Verne Global
Verne Global is developing the data center industry's first carbon neutral data center campus. Verne's mission is to develop data centers in optimised geographic areas that offer companies the best total cost of ownership and 100% renewable power without a price premium. Currently in the first stage of development, Verne Global is constructing a 44 acre campus on the former NATO Command Centre in Keflavik, Iceland. With Iceland's favourable natural attributes and renewable energy resources, Verne Global can save customers as much as $100 million in ten years on energy costs alone. For more information, please visit: http://verneglobal.com
SOURCE Verne Global