As world leaders convene in Glasgow for the kick-off of the COP26 climate conference today, deeper scrutiny will be paid to some of the biggest drivers of global energy consumption and their efforts to ramp up decarbonisation efforts. The cloud technology industry features heavily in that category. A recent report from The Shift Project indicates that  CO2 emissions generated by the digital infrastructure and data servers that enable cloud computing have now surpassed those produced by pre-Covid air travel. This is an alarming reality for a planet on the ropes.

Background

As we recently highlighted, 2021 has been a particularly turbulent year for our planet. Increases in the occurrence of natural disasters coupled with the failures to meet emission reduction targets set out in the Paris accord has created an atmosphere of scepticism and resignation ahead of the Glasgow conference.

Energy consumption for electricity and heating remains the primary driver of CO2 emissions globally. While household usage continues to be a problem, rapid evolution in ICT has led to the construction of massive data centres for storage and computational purposes.

Centralisation is the key problem

Expectedly, usual culprits like capitalism and the unwillingness of individuals to delete old social media posts have been blamed for the cloud industry’s significant carbon footprint. A more introspective assessment, however, offers a slightly different verdict. Just 5 of the biggest tech companies leave a combined annual carbon footprint equal to New Zealand. The centralisation of storage and computing resources and its ever-expanding nature now reaches energy consumption levels to the point of imperilling our very survival. At this point, cloud centralisation is no longer a matter of monopolistic nuisance in the way of innovation and competition. It is an existential threat and must be confronted as such.

A viable solution?

Cloud decentralisation remains the only viable path forward. Projects such as Cudos seek to create a unique cloud computing alternative built on a decentralised network, which gives you access to highly efficient and sustainable cloud computing resources. Additionally, Cudos, a blockchain-based high-performance computing platform, will connect developers and users.  Consequently, we’re eliminating the dependence on costly, energy-intensive hyperscale companies while also helping to democratise the cloud industry.

How you can contribute

You can play a significant role in fixing this issue. By teaming up with us, you can help create an eco-friendly and innovative cloud ecosystem.

We require distributed data centres and service providers. Kindly reach out to us to discuss how we might work together.

Additionally, if you currently own CUDOS tokens, you may maximise their value by staking them on our platform and helping to secure our network.

United, we can build a decentralised, open, and climate-friendly cloud infrastructure responsive to our planet’s environmental needs.

About Cudos

The Cudos Network is a layer 1 blockchain and layer 2 computation and oracle network designed to ensure decentralised, permissionless access to high-performance computing at scale and enable scaling of computing resources to 100,000’s of nodes. Once bridged onto Ethereum, Algorand, Polkadot, and Cosmos, Cudos will enable scalable compute and Layer 2 Oracles on all of the bridged blockchains.

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